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But what makes Salem, whose courageous acts cost him loss of income and threats to his safety, different from previous winners of the prize is that threats against him did not come from a dictatorial government, but from fellow members of the Egyptian Authors and Writers Association (EAWA).
Ironically, EAWA receives substantial assistance (subsidised rent of premises and concessions in utilities bills) from an Egyptian government with 30 years of normal diplomatic relations, at ambassadorial level with the Jewish state; trade and investment in both directions is growing, while marriages between Egyptians and Israelis have become a fact of life.
The 1994 first Arabic print run of the book sold 60,000 copies, four times more than sales by the next best-selling author on the EAWA executive committee which expelled Salem.
Arriving on the back of a personal best in the St James's PalaceStakes,Born ToS eawas entitled to improve again with theaidoffirst-timeblinkers,and hisnewRPRof120isthesortof figure generally expected of an IrishDerbyrunner-up .
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