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Egypt: writer denies speaking to Israeli media

Egyptian author Alaa el Aswany poses while at the Saint-Malo Book Fair in Saint-Malo, France on 4 June 2006 [Ulf Andersen/Getty Images]

Social media activists slammed prominent Egyptian writer and novelist Alaa Al-Aswany yesterday following reports about his interview with an Israeli media agency. Al-Aswany took to Twitter to deny the allegations, describing the accusation as "groundless".

His fellow novelist Abdel Nabi Farag responded to Al-Aswani, accusing him of "seeking a Hebrew translation" for his new novel. "You are bidding for a Nobel Prize over the Palestinian cause," Farag added, suggesting that Al-Aswani was "normalising with Zionists."

Another Egyptian writer, Rifqi Badawi, pointed out that the Nobel Prize is awarded to those who "impress by their distinguished work."

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