Karim Kassem, an Egyptian actor who enjoyed meteoric success since he was discovered in 2006, courageously admitted on Egyptian TV that he was Jewish from his mother’s side despite Egypt’s hostile attitude towards Jews.
He discovered this when his sister once told him when he complained about Jews as a boy: “Karim! You don’t know? Your mother is Jewish!”
Kassem emphasized that his Jewish grandfather was not a Zionist and chose to remain in Egypt when most of its 80,000 Jews moved to Israel after 1948.