Prank on Egyptian talk show bares depth of Israel hostility

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 02:05 AM IST
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Cairo A prank Egyptian talk show that infuriates guests by duping them into believing they are on Israeli TV reveals the antipathy many hold for the Jewish state despite a wintry peace treaty between the neighbours.

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r Deliberations,” aired nightly by private Nahar satellite television during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, invites guests on the air under the pretence that they are participating in a German talk show. But once the show is underway, they are told that they are on Israeli television.

The guests – artists, politicians, writers – areinvariably outraged. One of them, an actor, slapped the anchor woman. Another grabbed an actor playing the shows producer and shakes him by the hair. The show, which has also run during previous Ramadans, provides a glimpse into the suspicion, and in some cases outright hatred, Egypts cultural elite reserves for Israel. How people continue to be duped is a mystery, but the anger is palpable.

In a recent episode, comedian and guest Ayman Qandil became progressively more agitated as the hostess questioned him about his views on Israel.

Then an actor pretending to be a member of the audiencecalled in, telling Qandil she was dismayed to see him on Israeli television.

More than 30 years after Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel, many in the public, and particularly intellectuals, remain opposed to Israel, said one of the shows guests. — AFP

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