Wednesday, June 19, 2019

When Israeli media covered Morsi’s death in Cairo

It is sad , it is shameful how the mainstream Egyptian media made international as well as modest local headlines in the past 48 hours on how it covered the death of Egypt’s ousted ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

It is even sadder when you know a correspondent for an Israeli TV channel filmed a news report outside the cemetery of Muslim Brotherhood figures in Nasr City where Morsi was buried early Tuesday and even spoke about the coverage of the death of the 5th president of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Egyptian Press.

Israeli State-TV Kan Arab affairs correspondent Roi Kais filmed a news report outside the cemetery of Muslim Brotherhood figures in the Wafaa wal Amal Cemeteries Complex.

I do not understand Hebrew but I think it is understandable how he highlighted Al-Ahram Newspaper’s coverage on Tuesday. 

I have not seen any local media covering or filming near the cemetery. I saw only photos from AFP and Reuters taken from far away too as far as I could tell.

I do not have more to say.
A military helicopter hovers over  the cemetery where Morsi was buried "Reuters"
A military helicopter hovers over
 the cemetery where Morsi was buried "Reuters"

Whether we like or not, whether we accept it or not Mohamed Morsi was an Egyptian president despite all odds.
The current Egyptian administration accuses the Brotherhood of victimization when actually it gives it on a golden plate to their nemesis.

Needless to say, he is not the first Egyptian ruler to die and to buried in the Mid of the night with no local media coverage or negative coverage.
It happened before in the 20th century with King Farouk who passed away in exile in Rome on 18 March 1965 in strange circumstances with a valid question about whether Nasser’s intelligence service assassinated him or not.
On 31 March 1965, his body was buried secretly in the famous Mamluks Cemetry aka Hosh al-Bash Cemetery, not in the main Al-Rafa’i mosque where the rest of Mohamed Ali Royal Family’s rulers were buried.

Reportedly, Hosh al-Bash Cemetery stunned those officials who went on that night with its design.
During the era of President Anwar Sadat, Farouk’s body was moved by the request of his family to Al-Rafa’i mosque’s Cemetery.

So, it is not something shocking in the modern history of Egypt but rather we got a short memory.
Sadly when I looked back to the death of King Farouk and how he was portrayed in the foreign international media and the obituary, I believe Morsi is luckier.
I believe also that both Farouk and Morsi were forced to play a role bigger than themselves and their capabilities with all their difference.

Though unlike Morsi, Farouk, who did not finish his education in England and technically had more enemies in Egypt and outside in 1952 than Morsi made a difficult choice though and sometimes I believe that we are paying it till now because of it.

He gave up to the Free Officers group despite he could have ordered the rest of the army and police forces to squash them but that Egyptian king of Turkish/Albanian blood cared for the Egyptian blood and unity more than any Egyptian ruler.

In his view, he hoped those officers would succeed in what he failed. He knew that it was big for him. I do not know why I remember this now. 


  1. I seem to remember something about Saad Zaglhoul's body being removed from his mausoleum at one stage under King Farouk. Did you know about this and is it true?

  2. That's true but his body wasn't removed by order of the king but because his wife wanted him buried in the tomb that was built for the family. Read the link.


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