A firebrand Egyptian TV presenter has threatened to physically attack Cairo-based Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, and has appealed to Egypt’s attorney general asking that Abu Marzouk be deported from the country.
Tawfiq Okasha’s antipathy toward Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood became personal this week, when Abu Marzouk criticized a public letter sent by PA President Mahmoud Abbas to Okasha, praising him for endorsing Arab tourism to Jerusalem on his privately-owned TV station Al-Faraeen.
Abbas referred to Okasha in his November 9 letter as “my dear brother Dr. Okasha” and congratulated the Egyptian TV personality on his “excellent journalistic work,” angering Abu Marzouk.
“Mr. President, who advised you on this?” wondered Abu Marzouk in Facebook comments posted November 18. “A man who humiliates Palestinians, attacks the resistance, and raises his shoe against the people of Gaza, is not respected by the people of Egypt, so will our people respect him?!”
According to London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Okasha told Egypt’s prosecutor general that Abu Marzouk’s comments amounted to incitement against him. He then threatened to personally show up outside Abu Marzouk’s home along with his supporters and confront him.
“I swear here, on live television, I will break the law and go to his home in the fifth district [of Cairo] and hang him on Bab Zuweila,” Okasha threatened, referring to one of Cairo’s ancient city gates. “That Hamas dog lives in the fifth district and he’s left alone … Hey Moussa, if you’re a man, stay at home until Tuesday. I have your address.”
Okasha is apparently unaware that Abu Marzouk has been residing in the Gaza Strip for the past few months.
Hamas was categorized as an illegal organization by an Egyptian court earlier this year.
This week, Okasha was interviewed on official Palestinian TV, where he expressed his love and appreciation for Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas, he said, were “Israel’s guys,” and “brothers of the devil.”