Egyptians insult Qatar Emir’s mother at Arab Summit
By Ali Younes
In a vicious attack on Qatar and its Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad, Egyptian talk show host, Mohammed Al-Gheiti blasted him for sitting “inappropriately” while Egyptian interim president Adly Mansour was speaking during the Arab Summit now convened in Kuwait.
The host said to Sheikh Tamim: “He (Mansour) is your master, you were raised by a (……. ) and named as his mother Sheikha Mozah. Sheikh Tamim, the Emir of Qatar was sitting with legs crossed which Al-Gheiti said was an “insult” to Egypt “of the 7000 years old civilization.”
Although this public attack on an Arab head of state is not unusual in intra-Arab politics, attacking the leader’s mother is unheard of in modern Arab politics. Egyptian journalists and media are waging vicious attacks on Qatar and its Emir because of the perception that Qatar is funding the Muslim Brotherhood Organization which was toppled from power last year, in a coup led by current army chief and presidential candidate Abdel Fatah El-Sisi.
Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, 34, is the fourth son of the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. He became Emir of Qatar on 25 June 2013 following his father’s abdication. Sheikh Tamim has held a variety of government posts within Qatar and also worked to promote numerous sporting events within the country. As of 2013 Tamim was the world’s youngest reigning monarch.
Many Egyptian journalists are attacking Qatar also because of the strained relations between Qatar and its Gulf partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,( UAE) . Egyptian media outlets and journalists are neither financially nor editorially independent. Many regional press reports describe Egyptian journalism as “yellow journalism” and are funded by gulf governments to speak on their behalf and advance their agendas.
The Arab World media and journalism model is not compatible with idea of free and independent journalism that stresses editorial and financial independence from governments and interests groups. Most of the Prominent Arab newspapers or TV satellite channels are either funded or owned directly by Saudi Arabia, the UAE or Qatar.
Arab journalism especially Egyptian are often engaged in wars of words against their political enemies and often spread lies and misinformation on behalf Arab dictatorial regimes who fund and support them. Famed Egyptian journalist, Mohamad Hasanin Haykal, who is considered the most prominent Arab journalist today lied and spread misinformation and propaganda on behalf of the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Naser during the fifties and the sixties.
Haykal who during the 1967 war was the Editor in Chief of Egyptian Al Ahram Newspaper reported that Egypt was winning the war against Israel and downed 300 Israeli planes, when in fact it was the other way around . Egypt had lost the war after Israel destroyed its entire air force in less than one hour on June 4 1967.
EL-Sisi who is trying to mold himself after Abdel Naser, announced yesterday that he was running for president of Egypt in the upcoming elections. El-Sisi led the army in a coup against the first ever democratically elected President of Egypt, Mohammad Morsi. Morsi was arrested and jailed on many charges among them “espionage for Iran” and “collaborating with a foreign enemy- Hamas”
The annual Arab Summit now in session in Kuwait is dominated by Arab states in-fighting and realignment against each other and the civil war in Syria. Egypt under its new military leadership is now in the Saudi-UAE alliance.
الغيطي لـ امير قطر: “دا سيدك يا تربية الحرمة”.. تعليقاً علي رفع قدمة أثناء ادلاء الرئيس منصور لخطابة
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