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June 13, 2011

Egypt Arrests American-Israeli Jew, Accusing Him of Being Mossad Agent


Ilan Grapel is an American Jew who travelled to Cairo under his own -- Jewish -- name. He did not try to hide the fact that he was a dual American-Israel citizen who had served in the IDF during the Second Lebanon War. A big mistake.... he was arrested and accused of being a Mossad agent, and of stirring up sectarian tension among the Egyptians.

According to his friends, Grapel was "very pro-Arabic" and enjoyed hanging out in Egypt. According to his mother, he was volunteering in Cairo with St. Andrews Refugee Services. And according to his own statements, he thought it would be rewarding to communicate Israel's position to its hostile neighbors.

Egypt's deputy prime minister has accused Grapel of planning to sow seeds of civil war in Egypt. An Egyptian daily reports that he entered on a fake visa, posing as a journalist and that he planned to secretly follow supporters of deposed Egyptain President Hosni Mubarak. But what is perhaps most likely is that he was a young adventure-seeker, who was overly naive about the dangers of being an openly Israeli Jew in Cairo.

Posted by RH at June 13, 2011 01:17 PM


I am not surprised he was said to be Mossad..I remember reading the Egyptians blame shark attacts on Mossad trained sharks. If he did enter Egypt using his own name and
an Israeli passport he could be charged with being naive and sent home.

Posted by: Michael at June 14, 2011 01:36 AM

Egypt's accusation is that Grapel was in the square where the protests were centered every day, "inciting sedition, spreading rumors, and urging protesters toward friction with the armed forces and to commit acts of violence."

This is entirely nonsensical. Mubarak, while undeniably flawed, was someone Israel would probably have liked to see stay in power. There is a good chance that whatever new government comes into power will be far less friendly to Israel. Therefore it is asinine to think that Mossad would have its agents participating in protests against Mubarak or trying to destabilize Egypt by inciting sectarian violence. Say what you will about Mossad but they aren't stupid.

Posted by: anon at June 14, 2011 02:25 PM

I'm just wondering why a young Jewish Israeli/American, would be so "very pro-Arabic?" Something about his putting himself in this dangerous position, is questionable. Did he forget Daniel Pearl? or how about Nick Berg? Sorry folks, but something does'nt sound too kosher about this guys intentions.

Posted by: Cynthia at June 24, 2011 06:48 PM

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