Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan causes outrage by taking picture with Israeli fan
Maya Zakharia posted videos of herself with the singing sensation on TikTok. showing the pair at an event on the Greek island of Mykonos, where Ramadan performed on 28 July.
The videos have gathered millions of views in just under a week and infuriated Ramadan's fans, particularly after images of a woman - who activists say is Zakharia - in an army uniform emerged.
Outlets including Arabi21 claimed she served in the Israeli army. The New Arab could not independently verify these allegations.
رمز دولة السيسي الجديدة ونجمها الاول محمد رمضان— صلاح بديوي (@Salah_Bediwy) August 1, 2022
يحتضن مجندة اسرائيلية بعد ان رقص معها ...بقية المجندات الصهيونات تظهرن بالصورة حيث كن في زيارة لليونان وقبرص
لاجراء مناورات مشتركة https://t.co/OPz2ZT5x2q pic.twitter.com/ETk233KA0o
“Mohamed Ramadan what a loss of your name, you [are someone with] little loyalty to your religion and Arabness,” twitter user Jamal_223 said.
محمد رمضان يا خسارة الاسم فيك ياقليل الوفاء لدينك وعروبتك كم الفارق بينك ايها المتعالي وبين اسيادك من قمم الزمن الجميل المشهود لهم بوفاءهم لوطنهم وامتهم وللقدس الشريف ولم يدنسوا انفسهم بعلاقة مع مجندة اسرائيلية مغتصبة لأرض فلسطين ولمسرى رسول العالمين (صل) pic.twitter.com/fGYrtYZP4A— جمال (@Jamal__223) August 4, 2022
"The scandals of Muhammad Ramadan continue with the normalisation of [him] with an Israeli girl… at a Greek party," another user tweeted.
محمد رمضان سقط واصبح تافها لمصاحبة لمجندة اسرائليةبتكرة العرب هي وعصابتها قاتله الله— Nada (@KKhaldieh) August 5, 2022
Some Twitter users jumped to Ramadan’s defence, including Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, arguing that he shouldn't have to check passports before taking pictures with fans.
"Do u think it's possible that a pretty girl like that comes and asks for a picture with you, and you tell her no show me your passport?," he tweeted referencing the scandal.
Ramadan did not directly respond to the scandal, but posted a laughing emoji and a heart alongside Sawiris' comment on social media.
Zakharia told Israeli media that the star didn't know she was Israeli, saying "he was nice to everyone".
Ramadan is no stranger to controversy, previously receiving backlash for taking a photo with Israeli singer Omer Adam.
He later denied knowing Adam was Israeli, saying "Palestine is number one".
In July, activists labelled him "vulgar" for appearing with a Lamborghini on stage during a performance in Jordan, citing the "poverty… [and] hardship of living" in both Egypt and Jordan.