Two Egyptian actors, “pranked” by an Egyptian TV station over the weekend into thinking that they were being interviewed by Israeli TV, responded furiously onscreen. Both of them attacked a man they thought was the show’s Israeli producer, and one of them, Ayman Kandeel, smashed up the studio and slapped the female host he thought was Israeli so hard that she crumpled to the floor.
Later persuaded that she was indeed Egyptian, having seen her ID card, Kandeel invited her to come to his car after the show, where he could rub some lotion for her back. She declined.
Kandeel also appeared to reach for a gun at one point, having earlier said he had one. But he didn’t pull one out, and later said he didn’t have a gun with him.
A third pranked guest, an actress, called all Israelis liars and denounced them for “whining about the Holocaust and its lousy figures.”
The pranks were arranged by Al-Nahar TV, and aired over the weekend. The clips were recorded and transcribed by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a non-profit group that says it seeks to “bridge the language gap between the Middle East and the West by monitoring, translating, and studying Arab, Iranian and Turkish media, schoolbooks, and religious sermons.”
The first guest in the MEMRI clip, Kandeel, while being interviewed by female host Iman Mubarak, hears a purported female caller to the TV show mention that it is an Israeli TV channel. Told the program has now gone to an advertising break, he asks Mubarak, “I heard her say that this is an Israeli channel. Is this an Israeli channel?”
Told that it is, he starts to get angry, and begins arguing with a male staffer, apparently the producer, Amr Alaa. He confirms to Alaa that “Yes, I have a gun,” though later says that he doesn’t.
With the show then supposedly back “on air,” Kandeel protests that “I came to a show that is being filmed in Egypt, on a TV channel that you said was German…”
Says Mubarak, the interviewer: “We never said that this was a German channel…”
Kandeel: “You people deceive and lie…”
Mubarak: “Sir, you cannot level such accusations against us. Sir, the reactions on Israeli social media pages…
Kandeel: F*** the social media pages! I came to an interview on an Egyptian TV channel. Then it turns out that this is an Israeli TV channel…”
Furious now, Kandeel hits and shoves Alaa, smashes furniture in the studio and slaps Mubarak so hard that she falls over and cowers in the corner of the studio. He denounces all the assembled as “sons of bitches.”
Eventually persuaded that the whole “show” was a prank, and that all those in the studio are Egyptians — he checks Mubarak’s ID card — he blames Mubarak for falling over. “You brought it upon yourself. Why did you fall so quickly?” he asks her.
She responds: “You hit me so hard.”
Later, he suggests that she meet him after the program. “After the show, come to my car with me. I’ll put some lotion on your back.”
Actress Mayar Al-Beblawi is shown in the MEMRI-excerpted and transcribed 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.
A third pranked actor, Mahmoud Abd Al-Ghaffar, erupts in anger when he thinks interviewer Mubarak is a Jew. He grabs producer Alaa by the hair and demands to know the truth. “Who are you? Tell me who you are.”
Assured by Mubarak that “this is a candid camera show,” he protests that “You brought me someone who looks like a Jew…”
He says to Mubarak, “If you weren’t a girl, the moment you told me you were Jewish… I hate the Jews to death.”