Israeli Citizen Imprisoned in Egypt Begins Hunger Strike


An Israeli Bedouin imprisoned for 12 years in Egypt on charges of spying, announced a hunger strike to protest Israel’s inaction in securing his release, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.

Ouda Tarabin, a resident from Rahat, stated that his hunger strike comes after both Israeli and Egyptian evasion of responsibility in his case.

“Israel has not done enough to secure my release even though I was innocent,” Tarabin wrote in a letter to the Israeli ambassador in Cairo, Yaakov Amitai.

Tarabin requested the letter be delivered to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, writing that Egypt had not given him a fair trial.

Tarabin was 10 years old when his family moved from Egypt to Israel, and was subsequently granted Israeli citizenship.

He has been held in Egypt since 2000, when he was sentenced under the country’s Emergency Law to 15 years in prison for espionage. He allegedly did not have access to legal counsel from the time of his interrogation onward.

Yitzhak Meltzer, Tarabin’s lawyer, called for the government to urge Cairo to monitor his health by means of an Israeli doctor or a Red Cross representative.