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  3/21/2012, Adar 27, 5772

Omar Sharif’s Grandson: Jewish and Gay

The grandson of famed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has revealed that he is “half Jewish” and is homosexual. Omar Sharif Jr. wrote about his identity for The Advocate.

Sharif said his mother is Jewish, which would make him fully Jewish according to Jewish law (halacha).

He wrote that he expects to be “chastised, scorned and most certainly threatened” over his confession. “I just might become an Egyptian public enemy. And yet I speak out because I am a patriot,” he said. Sharif called for Egypt to move toward secular government rather than Islamicism.