Egypt to strip men of citizenship for marrying Israeli women

12:32, June 06, 2010      

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An Egyptian court on Saturday upheld a ruling to strip Egyptian men who have married Israeli women of their citizenship, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

The State Council's Supreme Administrative Court upheld the ruling issued by a first instance administrative court on dropping the Egyptian nationality from men who are married to Israeli women.

The court obligated the Interior Ministry to send files of the cases of Egyptians married to Arab Israelis and those married to Jewish Israelis to the cabinet to see whether to strip them of their Egyptian citizenship or not.

The court said that each case should be debated separately, in a ruling that cannot be appealed.

This ruling is meant to protect Egypt's youths and its national security, Egyptian lawyer Nabil al-Wahsh, who took the case to the court in the first place, was quoted as saying.

"The ruling is so important as it comes at a time Israel is carrying on with its attacks against peace lovers, the latest of which was its raid on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla," Wahsh said.

The number of Egyptian men married to Israeli women is thought to be around 30,000, according to Wahsh, only 10 percent of whom are married to Arab Israelis.

Egypt signed a peace deal with Israel in 1979 and is one of the only two Arab states maintaining diplomatic relations with Israel. However, the relations between the two countries are often described as cold peace with Egyptian national anti-Israeli sentiment still popular.



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