Egyptian IT expert claims Jewish-owned Uber is a national security threat

The Uber ride service app. Credit: Mark Warner via

( An Egyptian information technology expert said that Uber, because it is Jewish-owned, is a major threat to Egyptian national security.

The ride-service app began operating in Egypt several weeks ago and has angered many taxi drivers in Cairo who resent their fast-growing competitor. Taxi drivers held a major demonstration against Uber on Wednesday.

"Uber Company, which is owned by Jews, and other similar foreign companies, pose a threat to Egypt's national security,” Sameh Abou Arayes, president of the Arab Society of Technical Analysts, wrote on Facebook last weekend. He also called Uber "the first espionage network in Egypt," the Jerusalem Post reported.

“It is not only the fact that 20 percent of the money you pay to these company are dollars that flow out from Egypt and go to Jews—what poses greater danger is that they collect information on your movements, your name and your family and save them in their records. It might make it easier for Zionist espionage networks to operate in Egypt,” he wrote.

Uber was founded by Jewish-American entrepreneur Travis Kalanick.

"Let's establish national Egyptian companies under state inspection instead of handing the Zionists our details about ourselves and our movements and giving them our money," Arayes added.

Posted on March 10, 2016 .