Hills of Samaria (illustrative)
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In a move that may seem strange, an Egyptian physicist from Cairo is planning to attend a conference next week on the subject of the Jewish right to Judea and Samaria.

Noha Hashad, who holds a degree in nuclear physics, has announced her plans to attend a conference next week by the right-wing movement “Ne’emanei Eretz” (lit. faithful to the country).

The conference will be held next Thursday in the Shomron community of Nofim and will be attended by Land of Israel activists such as Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe, Prof. Hillel Weiss, Prof. Aryeh Stav, Dr. Gadi Eshel, and others.

Hashad, who has been staying in Israel for the past several weeks, has contacted the heads of the “Ne’emanei Eretz” movement and showed them photocopies she made of portions of the Koran which prove the Jews’ rights to the land of Israel. According to Hashad, a study of the Koran shows that Israel was indeed promised to the Jews and not just Israel but also Egypt and all its treasures and resources.

Noha Hashad speaks fluent Arabic and English and has also learned basic Hebrew. She recently told her Israeli friends that she has been imprisoned and beaten in Egypt in the past over her favorable opinions of the Jewish people.

In recent weeks, Hashad has lived in a moshav in the Negev and is afraid to return to Egypt, especially after the overthrow of the Mubarak regime and in light of the anti-Israel riots which recently took place in Cairo.

Next Thursday’s conference which Hashad plans to attend will deal with the demand to apply full Israeli sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria. A document prepared for the conference says, among other things, that “the Jewish authority will work in any legitimate way to thwart attempts by the Israeli government to give Israeli properties to a foreign power. The authority will fight the government’s actions to demolish homes in Judea and Samaria and will do anything in its power to rebuild any structures that would be destroyed.”