WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LANDS OF THE VALLEY
No one knows when it began. It is no longer possible to narrow it down
to a particular year or a specific date, but many of us remember
the feelings of anxiety that
grew inside after the promulgation of the Second Series of Executive Decrees.
These granted to “ outsiders ” the right to own land in Egypt.
Voices were raised in protest. Every newspaper published countless editorials
against the Decrees, each paper with its own particular slant. Conferences
were held, and political cartoons appeared. Short films on the controversy
played in movie houses before feature films. Skeptics and resistance organizers
were beaten up.