Egyptians forbidden to marry Israelis

Sunday, June 06, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Egypt's Supreme Court on Saturday upheld a ruling that orders the country's Interior Ministry to revoke the citizenship of any Egyptian who marries an Israeli citizen.

The court did agree with an Interior Ministry appeal in that each marriage should be presented to the cabinet to determine if it violates the Egyptian law or not. That provision is in place to protect Egyptian men who marry Israeli Arab women that have no ideological ties to the State of Israel.

The ruling is in line with a 1976 Egyptian law that forbids Egyptians to marry any Israeli who has served in the Israeli army or embraces Zionism. Egyptian officials said the law is in place to "protect Egyptian youth."

It is estimated that some 30,000 Egyptians have Israeli wives, most of them Arab, but some of whom may have served in the Israeli army.

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