Egypt court to hear appeal to label Israel a 'terror state'

In February, Egyptian authorities announced that they had uncovered and prosecuted an Israeli spy ring operating inside the country. The six Israelis charged in the case, including four military intelligence officers, are being tried in absentia.

Egypt court to hear appeal to label Israel a 'terror state'

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court has slated March 26 for the first hearing of a lawsuit demanding that Egypt sever ties with neighboring Israel and designate it a "terrorist state," according to the lawyer who raised the lawsuit.

Hamed Seddiq told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit requesting that Egyptian authorities ban all "Israeli activity" in Egypt and declare Israel a "terrorist country."

The ban, said Seddiq, would include shutting down Tel Aviv's diplomatic offices in Egypt, including its Cairo embassy.

On Tuesday, the same Cairo court that will preside over the case released a verdict outlawing the activities of Palestinian resistance faction Hamas in Egypt and ordering all of the group's Egypt offices closed.

"The real terrorists are the Israelis, who have killed Palestinians and Arabs for refusing to recognize them," Seddiq told AA. "Listing Israel as a terrorist state is a national duty to protect [Egypt's] territorial unity."

In February, Egyptian authorities announced that they had uncovered and prosecuted an Israeli spy ring operating inside the country. The six Israelis charged in the case, including four military intelligence officers, are being tried in absentia.

Despite a 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the self-proclaimed Jewish state is still seen in an overwhelmingly negative light by much of the Egyptian public.

This is due largely to its heavy-handed treatment of the Palestinian people and its ongoing occupation of Arab land.

Last Mod: 06 Mart 2014, 13:24
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