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Ruling Targets Egyptian-Israeli Marriages

The Egyptian high court has upheld a ruling that allows the state to strip citizenship status from Egyptian men who wed Israeli women if the government believes the marriage poses a threat to the country’s national security.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Cairo said the case highlights the divide between the official Egyptian stance on peace with Israel and the real sentiment among Arabs on the street. — JCL

Al Jazeera English:

Egypt’s supreme court has upheld a decision to strip citizenship from Egyptian men who wed Israeli women if the marriage poses a threat to national security.

With ties between the two countries strained, particularly over the situation in the Gaza Strip, Saturday’s verdict is being seen as a reflection of Egyptian sentiment towards Israel.

Mohammed al-Husseini, a judge with the supreme administrative court, said Egypt’s interior ministry must ask the country’s cabinet to take the necessary steps to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women, and their children, of citizenship.

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