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According to American law, I did not have the right to work in any field. Secondly, relations between Egypt and the United States were rather bad and there was no diplomatic representation for Egypt. Thirdly, Americans thought Egypt had joined the Soviet Union and that all Egyptians were Communists! Finally, all American supervisors in any company were scared of being responsible for employing an Egyptian illegal alien. My American friend informed me of all this as he presented his excuses for this embarrassing and difficult situation I was in now.

A moment later he came back to say to me: “Don’t stand with your hands tied like this. Do something! You must show the boss that you are doing something. ” I did what he asked me to do. After a while patrons started to arrive. I walked around pretending that I was a very experienced waiter, a pro who knows the ins and outs of this profession. I seated four patrons in my section until it was almost full. It was then that I started to panic. I went up to one of the tables to take the orders. Each one of the patrons ordered an alcoholic drink.

Com - licensed to The Royal Library - PalgraveConnect - 2011-05-25 04 abdel-malek 3-7:04 abdel-malek 3-7 04 abdel-malek 3-7:04 abdel-malek 3-7 12:52 PM Page 34 America in an Arab Mirror were, so I informed him of what had occurred. I told him that there was a possibility that I could be deported to Egypt. ” He asked that I be let out of the airport under his responsibility, and that he would take care of the problem with an immigration official in the city. A phone call was made and I left the airport with a two-month visa!

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