Rep. of Israeli in Egypt jail since 2000: Family isn’t Jewish, so no visits from Netanyahu

The lawyer representing Ouda Tarabin, an Israeli citizen from the Beduin community who has been imprisoned in Egypt for 15 years, said Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not visited the relatives of Tarabin because they are not Jews.

In the report by Israel Radio, Yitzhak Melzer noted in the 15 years since Tarabin’s imprisonment, former prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert also did not make efforts to visit the families.

Tarabin, who moved from Egypt to Rahat when he was 10, was arrested after illegally crossing the border into Egypt in late 1999, and sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of spying. Both Israel and Tarabin’s family have denied the charges.


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