Egypt singer Mohamed Ramadan faces lawsuit over photo with Israelis

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An Egyptian court will next month hear a case against a prominent singer who was photographed posing with two Israeli celebrities at a Dubai party.

A lawyer has filed a suit accusing Mohamed Ramadan of "insulting the Egyptian people" with the images, which were condemned by many Arabs online after Israel's government shared them.

The syndicate of Egyptian artists also said it was suspending his membership.

The 32-year-old insisted he had not known the celebrities' nationalities.

Egypt and Israel fought four wars before they signed a peace treaty in 1979. However, relations between the neighbours are still at times tense.

In recent months, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements with Israel to normalise relations. Sudan has also said it will do so.

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On Saturday, the official Arabic Facebook and Twitter pages of the State of Israel shared a photo of Ramadan hugging Israeli singer Omer Adam at an event in a rooftop bar in Dubai.

The image was credited to an Emirati journalist and captioned: "Art always brings us together."

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