Fun, Egyptian-style: Actors freak out on “candid camera” show when told they’re being interviewed by Israelis

posted at 8:54 pm on July 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via MEMRI TV, not so much a palate cleanser as a palate soiler. I think Jonathan Tobin’s read this exactly right: The behavior of the guests is less alarming, and less revealing, than the behavior of the hosts.

Viewing the invective about Jews and Israel being spewed on the show by three apparently prominent members of the Egyptian arts community is damning by itself. It says a lot that the show’s producers thought one of the most outrageous things they could do to Egyptians was to trick them into sitting down with Jews. Nor is it surprising that the response generated hate speech about the character of the Jewish people and the authenticity of the Holocaust.

But the punch lines of each segment in which the subjects are informed they are on a candid camera show, which was required in two cases to avert more violence if not bloodshed, is also illustrative. There were no reproaches from the hosts for the violent behavior that followed when the guests were told they were on Israeli TV. It was only when they were pretending to be Israelis that they tried to push back against the slanders. Once they were back in their own identities, all was forgiven. The host only had praise for her dupes — even the one who slugged her — for demonstrating what she described as “patriotism” by their anger about being set up to talk with Jews.

If this really had been an Israeli show, it would have been a dynamite expose of how nasty Egyptian anti-semitism can get even in a “professional” setting. Both of the male guests turn violent; one of them, as Tobin notes, gets physical with the female host, which comes at around 4:50. But the point of the program isn’t to call them out, it’s to reward them for their “righteous” rage. This is the cultural backdrop against which the Muslim Brotherhood is taking power, despite more than 30 years of formal peace between Egypt and Israel. If you don’t watch the whole thing, at least watch the big hug at 9:15 and the immediate aftermath when “Mahmoud” finds out it’s all a prank. Quote: “I hate the Jews to death.”

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Seth Halpern on July 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Speer was Hitler’s Minister of Armaments…ran all the factories that produced weapons or oversaw the same…and yet, somehow, never once saw any slave labor, concentration camp labor being utilized?

And, his overall plan for replacing Berlin with Germania…building a Party Assembly Hall that one could fly a plane in…and a maga-city with millions of tons of marble and granite, constructing massive buildings on what was and is essentially marshland…that’s sane?

You know, they murdered/killed Ludwig II when he came up with plans for the Falkonstein, after he bankrupted Bavaria building Neuschwanstein…simply because his ideas for grandiose architecture were deemed insanity.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

the Egyptian show got youtube to remove the video but i re-uploaded it on youtube for anyone interested:

golembythehudson on July 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM

The first step in genocide is to dehumanize the intended victims. Seems odd that they would take this upon themselves.

These folks have been at peace for far too long.

mozemoose on July 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

golembythehudson on July 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Thanks for the link. Frightening though the clip was. Anyone who thinks peace is possible given the Muslim hatred, needs to view this clip.

oldleprechaun on July 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM