An Egyptian court ruled Monday that it lacked jurisdiction to look into a lawsuit calling for the designation of Israel as a “terrorist state.”
The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to examine case, a judicial source told Anadolu Agency, adding that the court had noted that such a designation was a “matter of sovereignty” that could not be made through the judiciary.
The lawsuit calls for the Egyptian president, prime minister, justice minister and foreign minister to declare Israel a “terrorist state,” citing the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s “barbaric aggression on the Arab nations and its violations of all international laws and agreements.”
In February, the same court designated Palestinian faction Hamas as a “terrorist” group on claims it had carried out attacks in Egypt via tunnels linking the Sinai Peninsula to the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Cairo-Hamas relations have soured since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt’s first freely elected president – in July of 2013.
Since then, Egypt’s government has tightened its already-firm grip on the Rafah border crossing – Gaza’s only outlet to the outside world not under Israeli control.
The Egyptian media blames Hamas, an ideological offshoot of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, for a series of deadly attacks on security forces carried out since Morsi’s ouster in mid-2013.
Hamas, for its part, has repeatedly denied the allegations. (Anadolu Ajansi)