Muhammad Al-Mane’i of the Sinai Bedouins claimed, “There was a time when they would bring us jeans that used to have belts. If you looked at these belts from the front, you’d find a secret compartment that had a magnet inside. When we asked what these magnets were, we were told that they cause sterility.”
Middle East Media Reseach Institute (MEMRI) The reporter then asked Al-Mane’i whether his intention was to state that these jeanscause infertility in Arab women, to which Al Mane’i responded, “Exactly… There was a time when these jeans with belts would invade us from Israel, and we used to take the magnets out and chuck them away. “
The reporter concluded the segment saying, “Israeli products contain lethal poison. You might not feel this poison now, but you will in the future. Israel will remain an enemy lying in wait for Egypt, no matter what happens and regardless of agreements, because Israel has its eye set on Egypt.”
It is possible that Al Mane’i was referring to magnets that helped belts stay closed, but Israeli manufacturers did not consider the accusation worthy of comment, conjecturing that it is either a result of rampant anti-Semitism or that the source is an Arab jeans manufacturer who knows that Gaza markets are filled with Israeli products.