EGYPT: Without Mercy

At 8 o'clock one morning last week Dr. Moussa Li to Marzuk, 28, a surgeon in Egypt's Jewish Hospital, walked out of his solitary cell in a Cairo prison. As a rabbi intoned Hebrew prayers, the executioner seized the white-faced surgeon, cuffed his hands in leather, bound his eyes in black cloth, led him into the death chamber, closed the door, and snapped the gallows trap. Half an hour later, 26-year-old Samuel Azar, a teacher, walked the same path of no return, and the ancient and endless quarrels of the Middle East were washed with the fresh blood of...

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