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Son of top PLO official released after two years in Egyptian prison

Egyptian-Palestinian activist Ramy Shaath, an advocate for the Israel BDS movement, was released after Shaath agreed to renounce his Egyptian citizenship.
Egyptian-Palestinian political activist Ramy Shaath holds up the arm of his wife, Celine Lebrun-Shaath, as he arrives at Roissy Airport in Roissy, outside Paris, on Jan. 8, 2022.

After 900 days in an Egyptian jail waiting for a proper trial, Egyptian-Palestinian activist Ramy Nabil Shaath was released by Egyptian authorities on Jan. 8. Shaath was imprisoned in July 2019 along with other Egyptian activists. He is believed to have been jailed because of his activity as the Egyptian coordinator of the Boycott and Divestment Movement for Palestine (BDS). It was seen as a gesture done by the Egyptians to then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former US President Donald Trump. Shaath stayed in jail almost a year after both were no longer on the political map.

Shaath is the son of former Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath.

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