Johannesburg – An Egyptian actor is set to go on trial in December following outrage in Egypt when a photo he took with an Israel singer was posted on social media.
Mohamed Ramadan, will face trial in December for a selfie with Israeli celebrities. Prosecutors have accused Ramadan of causing “offence to the Egyptian people” with the pictures.
According to a report by news central, lawyer Tareq Mahmoud filed a lawsuit against Ramadan, saying the photo offended Egyptian people, but it was not clear what the precise charge against him was.
The image of Ramadan embracing Israel singer Omer Adam during a trip to the United Arab Emirates went viral on social media platform Twitter after Emirati journalist Hamad Al Mazrouei tweeted a photo of the star.
The photo was captioned, “The most famous artist in Egypt with the most famous artist in Israel, Dubai brings us together”.
It is believed that the photo gained further traction on Twitter after it was retweeted by the State of Israel’s Arabic Twitter account under the caption “Art brings us together”.
On Tuesday reports emerged that the Egyptian Syndicate of Artists said on Facebook that it was suspending Ramadan’s membership until he is questioned by authorities.
But the 32-year-old insisted he had not known the celebrities’ nationalities.