Israeli Arabs in Sharm el-Sheikh

Monday, July 25, 2005 | 
Dozens of Israeli Arabs were vacationing in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh in Sinai when terrorists bombed the Ghazala Gardens Hotel. It is a popular vacation spot for Israeli Arabs, who often drive across the border in their own cars. The requirement to put an Egyptian license plate for Taba over their Israeli plate hasn’t been a problem until now. According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, the morning after the terrorist attacks, one hotel asked its Israeli Arab guests to remove their cars from the hotel parking lot. The cars with Taba plates covering Israeli plates are now lined up in a long row across the street. When eyewitnesses claimed the car that rammed into the hotel had an Egyptian license plate covering an Israeli one, rumors began flying, with locals accusing Israeli Arabs of being behind the bombings. Now, the Israeli Arabs are worried about running into problems at Egyptian checkpoints on their return to Israel. Many plan to remain in Sinai until tensions reside before attempting to cross the border at Taba. Israeli Arabs have often been treated poorly in Arab countries because they’re viewed as turncoats for choosing to live as citizens in the Jewish State.

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