Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Worst Thing You Can Do To An Egyptian
Apparently, tell them they're actually in the same room with Jews.
You might remember the old TV show 'Candid Camera', which got its laughs from pranking people and filming their reactions secretly.
Here we have the Egyptian version, courtesy of MEMRI on al-Nahar TV, where three prominent Egyptian celebrities were brought in for an Arabic-language interview that they were told was for German television. But once the cameras were rolling, the interviewer and the staff on the set pranked the guests by telling them they were really Israelis and the show was for an Israeli channel. The full clip, available at MEMRI's link is well worth watching.
The reactions of the guests were, shall we say, revealing.
All three guests reacted by spewing some of the vilest Jew hatred you could imagine, and the two male guests actually got physically violent with the 'Jews', one of them, actor Ayman Kandeel, punching the female host Iman Mubarak and knocking her to the ground.
Not only does it reveal the deep seated hatred for Jews in Egyptian society but what passes for normal behavior. Could you imagine an American actor hitting a female TV host on the air and having any kind of career left, let alone avoiding being arrested?
Actress Mayar Al-Beblawi is shown in the clip declaring that “In that country [Israel], they are all liars. You wouldn’t believe it. They are real liars. They keep whining all the time about the Holocaust, or whatever it’s called. With all the Palestinians that you have killed, you are still whining about the Holocaust and its lousy figures?!”
Al-Beblawi adds later: “These people sawed off [the head] of John the Baptist. They are the slayers of the prophets, what else can we say about them?… Allah did not curse the worm and the moth as much as he cursed the Jews."
Even more revealing is what happened after the shows hosts revealed that they really were Egyptians and it was all a Candid Camera style stunt.In the case of Ayman Kandeel, he even demanded to see identity cards.
The hosts of the show never once remonstrated with the guests for their violence and bigotry. Even the female host, Iman Mubarak who got slugged praised them for their 'patriotism' after being told they were in the same room with Jews.
It's worth noting that this is a Muslim country that has supposedly been at 'peace' with Israel for over three decades...and where the Muslim Brotherhood, with the assistance of the Obama Administration has just taken over the country.
As I write this, the Israeli embassy in Cairo is still shuttered and unoccupied after it was sacked and destroyed by a mob while Egyptian police stood by and watched.
The reality, of course is that the Camp David Accords were a futile gesture, and both the Americans and Israelis should have realized that as soon as the Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat for signing them.
The hatred of Jews is an integral part of Islam, predates the birth of the State of Israel and is not going to be affected by signing a piece of paper, unicorn fantasies of trading land for guarantees of peace, concentrating on 'process' or by creating a Jew-free 'Palestinian' state, not matter how large it is. The agendas of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist al-Nour Part are no secret to Egyptians, who voted for them by huge majorities.
Until this basic attitude changes, all of the energy devoted to Mideast peace is wasted.
The Egyptians are only hanging on to the facade of peace because they aren't capable of waging war yet and still want to keep the American aid flowing.
The Israelis would have been far better off simply hanging on to the land.