Egyptian MP Seeks Punishment for Egyptians Married to Israelis
Egyptians married to Israeli women should be stripped of their citizenship as punishment for their matrimonial choice, an Egyptian member of parliament said in statements published Saturday.
Mortada Mansur charged that Israel was recruiting every year "dozens of spies" among Egyptian men married to Israeli women, the Al-Wad opposition newspaper reported.
Mansur did not refer to women, presumably because Islam prohibits Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims.
Mansur urged Foreign Minister Amr Mussa to brief parliament on the number of Egyptians living in Israel and the number of those who married there, Al Wafd said.
Egypt is the only Arab country, along with Jordan, to have a peace treaty with Israel.
Egyptian engineer Sherif Fawzi al-Filali, 34, was arrested at his home in a northeast Cairo suburb on September 27 and has been under detention since then on charges he spied for Israel's intelligence service Mossad.
Filali, whose trial is due to open January 13, is not married to an Israeli, but his case highlights current concern in Egypt about possible Israeli espionage -- CAIRO (AFP)
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