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Report: Egypt Revokes Citizenship of Jewish Woman Who Moved to Israel, Served in IDF

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Dina Ovadia in her IDF uniform. Photo: Facebook.

Dina Ovadia in her IDF uniform. Photo: Facebook.

An Egyptian woman had her citizenship revoked after immigrating to Israel and serving in the IDF, Israel’s Army Radio reported on Monday.

According to the report, Dina Ovadia, an Egyptian Jew who made aliyah a decade ago, was stripped of her citizenship by Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Sunday.

In a statement from Ismail’s office it was explained that Ovadia had joined a foreign army without asking for permission from the Egyptian defense minister, and therefore her citizenship was being canceled, Army Radio said.

Ovadia, 24, made aliyah from Alexandria with her family and served in the IDF Spokesman’s unit.

Army Radio posted a video clip of a broadcast on Egypt’s El Balad TV, in which veteran Al Ahram journalist Ahmed Moussa reported the story live and went after both Ovadia and Israel.

“Today she is part of the Zionist entity, a racist entity that kills our Palestinian nation; an entity that still occupies and steals lands,” Moussa said.

Ovadia declined to be interviewed by Army Radio, but one Twitter user posted the following response to the story (in Hebrew):

“Dina Ovadia refused to be interviewed by Army Radio about the story. In the past she said: ‘I would like to return there [to Egypt] in uniform to show them that we [Israeli soldiers] are not murderers.’”

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  • Dani

    We jews are all egyptians who would never get back to be slaves there. At present times, there are more than 80 million people living in Egypt. We don’t need their friendship, a cold peace is just enought.

  • We – the Jews from Egypt – were all stripped of our Egyptian citizenship, even those who never came to Israel, and of course never enrolled to Tzahal/IDF. Those who are still living in London, Paris or Brazil, cannot get back their Egyptian citizenship either…
    Wake-up guys ! Israel-Egypt peace agreement have been signed some 37 years ago, our two countries are not ennemies anymore, but collaborating against the real ennemy of both countries “the Palestinian Hamas”. It is about time to face reality.
    To you dearest Dina, and you Rachel Romy, your stories should become a docu-movie. You can contact me:
    Levana – President of the Jews from Egypt in Israel.

  • A Zionist

    Welcome home Dina!

    Kol Hakavod!

  • Robert Davis

    She should certainly NOT go to egypt and risk her life for bravado! In fact the army radio should not have related this story.

  • My wife, Rachel Romy, born in Cairo in 1949 was expelled from Egypt, penniless with her family in 1969. Her father and brother were incarcerated and tortured for two years in Egyptian jails being arrested along with all the other Jewish men in Egypt.

    Praise God, I thank President Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt for expelling Rachel and her family. Rachel served for 30 years in Israel’s Kol Israel Radio Service as an Arabic language radio and TV monitor — a form of intelligence gathering.

    Today we have two sons and nine grandchildren. Israel took in its refugees while the Arabs refused to do so for their Arab brethren who left in 1948 and 1967.

  • Ahmed Moussa’s comments are further proof the Camp David Peace Accords never produced a so-called “warm peace” between Israel and Egypt. Ahmed Moussa’s incendiary comments allow the Arab-Israel conflict to persist because Egyptians never genuinely accepted the Jewish State of Israel.

  • Ted Crawford

    If she returns to Egypt in an IDF uniform, she’d better add a Merkava tank to her wardrobe, just for good measure. Sleek and stylish!

  • ART

    Still blaming and scapegoating the Jews will not save egypt or europe fom the latest muslim conquest

  • stevenl

    So Egypt does not allow double citizenship! Unless you ask politely. Moussa deserves NO answer. Islamists speak loud and clear for Egypt.