Nytt

En egyptisk domstol har opprettholdt en dom om at egyptiske menn gift med israelske kvinner bør miste sitt egyptiske statsborgerskap. Det samme gjør barna. Begrunnelsen er at Egypt ikke vil ha borgere som er illojale. Saken har klare rasistiske overtoner og kan minne om nazistenes Nürnberglover.

A court in Cairo has upheld a ruling urging the government to consider stripping Egyptian men who are married to Israeli women of their citizenship.

The ruling requires officials to send all such cases to the cabinet, to be decided on an individual basis.

The interior ministry had appealed againt the original ruling, made by a lower court last year.

Men en ankedomstol opprettholdt kjennelsen, og regjeringen vil neppe protestere i dagens situasjon, da anti-israelske følelser er sterke.

Som så ofte ellers i den arabiske verden: aktivister finner frem til lovformuleringer som har vært sovende, og anvender dem på jøder eller kristne. Myndighetene eller domstoler bøyer av og gir etter for islamistiske fremstøt. Slik får islamistene makt og innflytelse på samfunnsutviklingen.

Det ser ikke ut til at det betyr noe at slike vedtak skader Egypts renommé i utlandet. Det skaper dessuten en uggen stemning. Ikke bare jøder, også menneskerettsaktivister, bloggere og homofile merker det intolerante trykket.

It calls on the cabinet to determine whether to remove the nationality of the men concerned, as well as that of their children.

The court said the government should consider whether the Israeli woman was an Arab or a Jew.

It is estimated that about 30,000 Egyptians are married to Israeli women.

‘Disloyal’
The lawyer who brought the case, Nabih el-Wahsh, said it was aimed at protecting Egyptian youth and Egypt’s national security.

He says that offspring of marriages between Egyptian men and Israeli women should not be allowed to perform military service.

There should not be a new generation «disloyal to Egypt and the Arab world», he said.

The appeal was sent by the government after a verdict last year stated the 1976 article of citizenship law should be implemented.

That law requires the stripping of citizenship of those who married Israelis who have served in the army or embraced Zionism.

Negad al-Borai, an Egyptian lawyer and a human rights activist, said he was «surprised» by the verdict and that the government was sending out mixed messages about Israel.

«The president congratulates Israel’s president in national holidays yet it punishes the people for having relationships with Israel,» he told Reuters news agency.

«Egyptian law says citizenship can only be revoked if the citizen is proven to be spying on his country, and this verdict considers marrying an Israeli an act of spying».

Cairo court rules on Egyptians married to Israeli women

Nytt

En egyptisk domstol har opprettholdt en dom om at egyptiske menn gift med israelske kvinner bør miste sitt egyptiske statsborgerskap. Det samme gjør barna. Begrunnelsen er at Egypt ikke vil ha borgere som er illojale. Saken har klare rasistiske overtoner og kan minne om nazistenes Nürnberglover.

A court in Cairo has upheld a ruling urging the government to consider stripping Egyptian men who are married to Israeli women of their citizenship.

The ruling requires officials to send all such cases to the cabinet, to be decided on an individual basis.

The interior ministry had appealed againt the original ruling, made by a lower court last year.

Men en ankedomstol opprettholdt kjennelsen, og regjeringen vil neppe protestere i dagens situasjon, da anti-israelske følelser er sterke.

Som så ofte ellers i den arabiske verden: aktivister finner frem til lovformuleringer som har vært sovende, og anvender dem på jøder eller kristne. Myndighetene eller domstoler bøyer av og gir etter for islamistiske fremstøt. Slik får islamistene makt og innflytelse på samfunnsutviklingen.

Det ser ikke ut til at det betyr noe at slike vedtak skader Egypts renommé i utlandet. Det skaper dessuten en uggen stemning. Ikke bare jøder, også menneskerettsaktivister, bloggere og homofile merker det intolerante trykket.

It calls on the cabinet to determine whether to remove the nationality of the men concerned, as well as that of their children.

The court said the government should consider whether the Israeli woman was an Arab or a Jew.

It is estimated that about 30,000 Egyptians are married to Israeli women.

‘Disloyal’
The lawyer who brought the case, Nabih el-Wahsh, said it was aimed at protecting Egyptian youth and Egypt’s national security.

He says that offspring of marriages between Egyptian men and Israeli women should not be allowed to perform military service.

There should not be a new generation «disloyal to Egypt and the Arab world», he said.

The appeal was sent by the government after a verdict last year stated the 1976 article of citizenship law should be implemented.

That law requires the stripping of citizenship of those who married Israelis who have served in the army or embraced Zionism.

Negad al-Borai, an Egyptian lawyer and a human rights activist, said he was «surprised» by the verdict and that the government was sending out mixed messages about Israel.

«The president congratulates Israel’s president in national holidays yet it punishes the people for having relationships with Israel,» he told Reuters news agency.

«Egyptian law says citizenship can only be revoked if the citizen is proven to be spying on his country, and this verdict considers marrying an Israeli an act of spying».

Cairo court rules on Egyptians married to Israeli women