Sunday, February 25, 2007
Israel's first ambassador to Egypt, Eliyahu Ben-Elissar presents his credentials to President Anwar El-Sadat, 25 February 1980
Egyptian policeman jailed for refusing duty at Israeli embassy
"CAIRO - An Egyptian police tribunal on Sunday sentenced a police officer to six months in jail for refusing orders to go on guard duty at the Israeli embassy in Cairo, police sources said.
Mohamed Khalaf Hassan Ibrahim, a sergeant in his late 30s, had been in hospital on hunger strike in protest at his detention, but he was able to attend the court session on Sunday.
The Egyptian police force is run on military lines and, as with military courts run by the armed forces, there is no appeal against the verdicts of the police tribunal.
Egypt in 1979 became the first Arab state to make peace with Israel, but many Egyptians still regard Israel as an enemy because of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict......"