Ilan Grapel Flies Back to New York

By Forward Staff

Published October 29, 2011.

Law student Ilan Grapel arrived in New York Saturday after being freed from an Egyptian jail in a prisoner swap.

The dual Israeli-American citizen was greeted by his father as he arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the New York Daily News reported.

“All of a sudden the Bill of Rights becomes something that you just don’t read in the history books,” a beaming Grapel, 27, told the paper.

He arrived on a plane from Israel with his mother, Irene, who had an emotional reunion with him after he was released from Egyptian custody Thursday.

The former Israeli soldier was arrested as a spy in June and jailed in Egypt. He was set free after Israel agreed to release 25 Egyptian prisoners.

“I’m very emotional,” Grapel’s father, Daniel, told the News at the airport. “I just want to be with my family.”



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