This Week in Egypt: Week 31-2022 ( August 1-7)

Top headlines

  • Egypt-brokered ceasefire in Gaza comes into effect after 3-day conflict 
  • Egypt is mediating between Israel, Palestinians to prevent escalation
  • US dollar price nears 19 EGP at Egypt’s major banks 
  • Saudi Arabis’s Public Investment fund unveils new Egyptian investment company
  • Greek FM Dendias marks 2020 EEZ deal with Egypt 
  • Greece, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia to launch joint 2030 World Cup bid
  • Photos of Egyptian star Mohamed Ramadan with Israeli woman spark uproar in Arab world

Main Headlines

Monday

  • US dollar price nears 19 EGP at Egypt’s major banks 
  • Egypt to make Sharm El-Sheikh a green city ahead of COP27 
  • Al-Jazeera slams Egypt’s renewal of Rabie el-Sheikh’s detention  

Tuesday

  • Sudan raises alert after start of the 3rd filling of GERD

Wednesday

  • Israel sends strongly worded to Hamas through Egypt  
  • 63 Egyptian Migrants Freed in East Libya
  • Dubai’s firm Tabby plans to continue focusing on its core markets, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well as expanding into Egypt

Thursday

Friday

  • Cairo conducting intensive talks with Israel & Palestinian factions to end escalation in Gaza
  • Egypt pitches for climate funding in list of African projects to be showcased at at COP27
  • Photos of Egyptian star Mohamed Ramadan with Israeli woman spark uproar in Arab world

Saturday

Sunday

  • Egypt-brokered ceasefire in Gaza comes into effect after 3-day conflict
  • Egyptian mediators propose truce from Sunday night 
  • Islamic Jihad agrees Gaza truce with Israel mediated by Egypt

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This Week in Egypt: Week 30-2022 ( July 25-31)

Top headlines

  • IMF says Egypt needs progress on fiscal and structural reform
  • Egypt categorically rejects Ethiopia’s unilateral filling of GERD in letter to UN Security Council 
  • Egypt cancels contracts for 240,000 T of stranded Ukrainian wheat
  • Egypt frees 7, including journalist, researcher after pardon
  • Two Israeli youth were killed, 5 injured in Sinai car crash
  • Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood rejects ‘struggle for power’, exiled leader claims

Main headlines 

Monday

  • Egypt leads Arab states in generating solar and wind power, set to raise capacity to 6.8 GW by 2024
  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights wants to reinforce presence in Egypt

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • IMF says Egypt needs progress on fiscal and structural reform 
  • US is committed to maintaining Egypt’s water security: US special envoy 
  • FMs of Egypt and Greece discuss boosting bilateral relations 

Thursday

  • Egypt cancels four cargoes of Ukrainian wheat that it contracted to buy before Russia’s invasion, even as Kyiv prepares to restart grain exports
  • Two Israeli youth were killed, 5 injured in a car crash in Sinai
  • India’s ReNew to invest $8 billion to set up green hydrogen plant in Egypt 

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • Detentions loom over Egypt’s political dialogue 
  • Egyptian political parties and MPs welcome El-Sisi’s policy of pardoning jailed activists
  • Egyptian missing in Libya for 18 months returns home
  • New statue of Mohamed Ali Pasha by Egyptian sculptor installed at National Military Museum

Reports

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  • House of Horrors? The bone-chilling past of Egypt’s Baron Palace
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A Review of Israeli Movie “Image of victory”

AVI NESHER (right) and Amir Khoury, during the making of ‘Image of Victory.’
(photo credit: IRIS NESHER

War dramas are tricky productions. They may be heavily one-sided, lacking objectivity in order to glorify or demonize one side over the other. The latest Israeli drama, Image of Victory, revisits the 1948 war between Egypt and Israel. Although it attempts to avoid the one-sided bias trap, it ends up creating an epic politically correct version of the Egyptian side of the war, regurgitating much of the Nasser-era leftist propaganda. 

According to one report, the film highlights both Israeli and Egyptian heroism, with actor Amir Khoury portraying real-life Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, an aspiring photojournalist on the frontlines who was pressured by his government to create the “image of victory” and not report on the true losses and costs of the war. 

It is indeed refreshing to see an Israeli movie portraying the Egyptian army as being well organized and heavily armoured, disciplined, and well-mannered by respecting the rules of engagement. However, watching an Israeli film resurrecting views expressed by the late Heikal, as if they are sacred undisputed facts, is surreal and unsettling. The film’s script embraced the spirit of Heikal, who despised the late King Farouk of Egypt, by making the Egyptian part of the film look like a resurrection of 1950s Egyptian melodramas, with a full and unapologetic demonization of the king. 

In an effort to create a balanced look to the film, director Avi Nesher opted to adopt a popular Egyptian narrative: that the Egyptian monarchy sold out its soldiers. However, this is a mythical concept that lacks solid evidence, as researcher Chloe Bordewich highlighted in her latest piece. The need to battle the narrative of the 1948 war is not new, and blaming the king has become the prevailing narrative since he was ousted 75 years ago. No, the Egyptian army was not fully prepared to fight in Palestine. Yes, a PR machine sold the public a rosy picture of the war, at least in its initial stages. However, one can argue that those same gross errors were repeated in the 1967 defeat, 19 years after the ousting of the king. 

The director, who supposedly believes “in doing extensive research” and that “the more truthful it is, the more entertaining,” made a far better decision to stick to narrative of the capturing of Kibbutz Nitzanim, instead of delving into the myth of bad king versus honourable army.  

The movie also opted to sanitise the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in the war as well as the growing resentment between the army and the brothers. It created the role, played by actor Ala Dakka, of an Egyptian “firebrand” who believes in the cause for which he is fighting. How convenient! 

Moreover, how can a movie labelled as the “most expensive Israeli movie ever” and whose director takes pride in doing extensive research fail to make its characters speak with a correct Egyptian accent? All the actors in the movie speak with a mediocre accent that does not even remotely resemble an Egyptian dialect. They sound alien and silly. Are there no dialect coaches in Israel? 

With its flawed take of Egyptian history and ridiculous Egyptian dialect, Image of Victory was neither truthful nor entertaining. In a long conflict, like the Arab –Israeli conflict, embracing decontextualized history and playing loosely with facts are the last things needed. Image of Victory may have good intentions, but it is a flawed politically correct drama that is neither objective nor accurate. The circumstances behind Egypt’s defeat in the 1948 war should trigger an internal debate within Egypt, not entice an Israeli drama to enforce a lazy version of events. 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 29- 2022 ( July 18-24)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi visited Germany, Serbia, and France
  • Macron hosts Egypt’s al-Sisi in Paris for talks on security and defence
  • Russian FM visits Egypt, part of Africa trip amid Ukraine war
  • US special envoy begins tour of Egypt, UAE, and Ethiopia
  • US dollar rose to highest level in 4 years against the Egypt pound 
  • Egypt’s economy will grow steadily over next three years. Reuters Poll 
  • Israeli Navy sinks boat attempting to smuggle ‘equipment’ to Hamas from Egypt
  • An Egypt court calls for execution of female student’s killer to be broadcast live

Main Headlines

Monday

  • Egypt is ready to play role in Easing Europe gas crisis, President Sisi Says
  • Egypt suspends hot air ballooning over Luxor after 2 injured 
  • Egypt’s president, German chancellor urge breaking stalemate in GERD talks to reach binding solution on dam 
  • Egypt, USAID discuss strengthening means of cooperation in sustainable tourism ahead of COP27
  • US dollar rose to highest level in 4 years against the Egypt pound 
  • Demand for Egypt’s real estate shrunk in June

Tuesday

  • Egypt’s Sisi meets President of Germany in Berlin
  • Egypt launches Cairo Bike, establishes 5 stops in Downtown Cairo ahead of COP27 
  • Egypt’s regulatory authority green lights UAE’s Chimera’s request to acquire Beltone Financial holding
  • 22 dead, 33 injured in Egypt bus crash

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Egypt’s economy will grow steadily over next three years. Reuters Poll
  • Egypt relaxes street photography ban for tourists, up to a point 
  • Egypt, German Lohmann Energy & Infrastructure discuss cooperation on transition to green ports
  • Egypt voices full support for Iraq sovereignty , extends condolences to victims of Kurdistan attack

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Egypt to list more state companies on stock exchange. Al-Monitor
  • Importers face higher banking fees, placing further pressure on companies’ liquidity. Mada Masr
  • Russian painter claims paintings illegally used in Cairo metro mural. Al-Monitor

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This Week in Egypt: Week 28-2022 ( July 11-17)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi attended Jeddah summit, and discussed with Biden Israel/Palestine and GERD
  • Egypt, US reaffirm shared commitment to strategic partnership
  • Biden secures deal on Red Sea islands transfer deal between Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel
  • Peacekeepers to leave strategic Red Sea island by year’s end: White House
  • Egyptian authorities release more pre-trial detainees
  • Egypt raises domestic fuel prices
  • Italy’s top court: murder trial of Egyptians can’t proceed
  • Egypt to suspend activities of its contingent in Mali U.N. mission
  • Egyptian and Iranian officials met secretly in Muscat

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Egypt to suspend activities of its contingent in Mali U.N. mission
  • Leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia hold phone talks on regional, int’l issues ahead of Biden visit
  • UN is urged to move Cop27 from Egypt over ‘LGBTQ+ torture’ 
  • Egyptian, Iranian officials met secretly in Muscat

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

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Sports

  • Portuguese Rui Vitoria to coach Egypt’s national football team

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This Week in Egypt: Week 27-2022 ( July 4-10)

Top Headlines

  • Millions of Muslims commemorate Eid al-Adha amid high prices
  • IMF says it held productive talks on new programme for Egypt
  • Egypt’s monthly inflation falls for first time in 2022 
  • Central Bank of Egypt issues first new polymer banknotes 
  • Mass burning and burial of Egyptian soldiers in Israel is revealed after 55 Years
  • Egypt court sentences man to death following horrific femicide of student Naira Ashraf
  • Two Egyptian peacekeepers killed, 5 others injured in Mali 
  • Egypt mulls mixing sweet potato with wheat to produce subsidized bread

Main Headlines

Monday

  • GERD to begin third filling next week 
  • Holding elections only way to settle current situation in Libya: Egypt’s Sisi and Libya’s Menfi

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • US dollar price approaching LE 19 in Egypt
  • Egypt travel bans, asset freezes choking civil society -rights groups 
  • Right groups say probe into Egypt economist’s death is flawed
  • Nine were killed including five Sudanese in bus crash in southern Egypt
  • Egypt Air launches 1st direct flight from north-western Turkey to Cairo 
  • Egypt Air provides new Wi-Fi-service on board its planes 

Friday

Saturday

  • Millions of Muslims commemorate Eid al-Adha amid high prices
  • 1270 Egyptian prisoners released by presidential pardon on Eid El-Adha 
  • Egypt arrests organisers of joke ‘Helwan Real Batman Battle’ event
  • Boy dies and dad fighting for life after food poisoning at popular holiday spot in Egypt

Sunday

 Reports

  • Billions in distressed debts are piling up in emerging markets — and threatening historic defaults. Sydney Maki
  • Sweet potatoes revive Egypt’s dream of reducing wheat imports. Amr Emam
  • Egypt reclaims Suez Canal mudflat for industrial hub. Patrick Werr

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This Week in Egypt: Week 26-2022 ( Jun 27-July 3)

Top headlines

  • Negev Forum’s Steering Committee holds first meeting in Bahrain
  • Egypt shuts down Red Sea beaches after two tourists were killed in shark attack 
  • Outcry in Egypt as iconic Nile houseboats are destroyed
  • Egypt Inaugurates Adly Mansour Transportation Hub, Largest in the Middle East and Africa
  • Egyptian sprinter Basant Hemida won two gold medals  at the Mediterranean Games in Oran

Main headlines

Monday

  • Senior officials from Egypt, Israel, Bahrain, the UAE, Morocco, and the US held the inaugural meeting of the Negev Forum’s Steering Committee in Bahrain
  • President Sisi holds talks with Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tarik in first Gulf stop 
  • Egypt is keen on ending child labour by 2025
  • Egypt’s Sisi extended his condolences to Sudan’s Al-Burhan over the death of Sudanese soldiers that were held captive by the Ethiopian army 

Tuesday

  • Egypt has sentenced a man to death following the high profile femicide of Nayiera Ashraf to death
  • President Sisi starts two-day official visit to Bahrain in second leg of Gulf tour 
  • Egypt can no longer depend on hot money for budget: finance minister 
  • Egyptian court sentences 10 militants to death on terrorism charges on terrorism charges

Wednesday

  • Outcry in Egypt as iconic Nile houseboats are destroyed
  • Russia’s state-owned Rosatom gets green light from Egypt to build Dabaa nuclear plant

Thursday

  • Egypt to continue building advanced state, stable society: Sisi on ninth anniversary of June 30
  • Husband accused of murdering TV presenter Shaimaa Gamal is arrested

Friday

Saturday

  • Egypt looks forward to UK support in COP27 agriculture initiatives
  • ‘Not fully completed’: Complex Sahel Road sparks controversy among vacationers in Egypt

 Sunday

Reports

  • Explainer: All you need to know about the new Egypt-Greece subsea cable extension. Nada Nader
  • Sudan extradites wanted Brotherhood affiliates to Egypt. Mohamed Saied
  • Egypt, Greece, Cyprus boost military cooperation in East-Med region. Mohamed Saied

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This Week in Egypt: Week 25-2022 ( June 20-26)

Top Headlines

  • US held a secret meeting with Isaeli and Arab military chiefs in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh 
  • Saudi crown prince lands in Egypt on start of regional tour
  • Qatar’s Tamim to visit Egypt for first time since boycott
  • 5th trilateral meeting of Greek, Cypriot, and Egyptian defence ministers in Cairo  
  • Egyptian trade delegation makes rare visit to Israel
  • Egypt’s Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged
  • Egypt’s strategic wheat reserves sufficient for 5.7 months
  • Telecom Egypt to connect to Greece after new subsea agreement
  • Egypt to convert the largest government building in Cairo into a luxury hotel 

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Saudi Arabia’s Jamjoom Pharma launches new factory in Egypt
  • Egypt converts the largest government building in Cairo into a luxury hotel
  • Prosecution refers suspect to trial in Mansoura student murder 

Thursday

  • Egypt’s Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged
  • Greek-Egyptian deal on underwater cable 
  • Liz Truss vows to help free British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on hunger strike

Friday

  • Emir of Qatar to visit Egypt for first time since boycott
  • A new Egypt deal with IMF likely to be four-year EFF loan

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Egypt’s Sisi, Arab leaders coordinate positions ahead of Biden visit. Ahmed Gomaa
  • Egypt plans to use ruble in trade with Russia. Mohamed Sabry
  • Egypt looks to Somalia for more influence in Red Sea, Nile dam dispute. Mohamed Saied
  • A woman’s brutal murder shocks the Arab world.  CNN

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This Week in Egypt: Week 24-2022 ( June 13-19)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt, EU and Israel sign agreement to export natural gas to Europe
  • Lebanon will sign a “final” agreement to import gas from Egypt on June 21 
  • Washington announces Biden’s participation in Jeddah summit, with Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan
  • Saudi crown prince to visit Egypt June 20 on regional tour
  • UN-brokered talks on Libya’s constitution resume in Cairo
  • Egypt, Bahrain and Jordan leaders meet in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Israeli officials are cautioning against visiting UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, and Egypt, in addition to the existing travel warning to Turkey

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Washington announces Biden’s participation in Jeddah summit, with Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan
  • Egypt, EU, and Israel sign agreement to export natural gas to Europe 
  • EU provides $104 million to Egypt to cope with rising food prices
  • Celebrities urge Liz Truss to secure release of Briton in Egyptian jail

Thursday

  • Egypt lifts all COVID-19-related restrictions on arrivals 
  • Putin is ‘another Hitler in the making,’ Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris says

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

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  • Devastating result of Turkey’s Blue Homeland: Egypt becomes an energy hub. Fatih Yurtsever

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This Week in Egypt: Week 23-2022 ( June 6-12)

Top Headlines

  • EU proposes natural gas import deal with Egypt and Israel
  • Egypt receives 63,000 tonnes of wheat from France
  • Egypt’s Grand Mufti approves death sentence for the murderer of Coptic priest
  • Egypt’s Sisi, Yemeni president discuss maritime security in Red Sea
  • Egyptian court sentences man to death for killing Coptic priest
  • Vertebra of 98 million-year-old dinosaur is discovered in Egypt’s Western desert

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Israel rejects U.S. proposal for a five-way summit between Israel, the PA, the U.S., Egypt and Jordan
  • Egypt FM and president-designate of COP27 meets world officials at Bonn UN climate conference
  • Egyptian former squash world No 1 switches to represent England

Thursday

Friday

  • Ethiopia says willing to resume dam talks with Egypt, Sudan 
  • Two Egyptian students who were kidnapped in South Africa are released
  • Egypt will seek to recover antiquities seized from The Met in New York
  • Ethiopia stun Egypt in 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers 

Saturday

  • Vertebra of 98 million-year-old dinosaur is discovered in Egypt’s Western desert
  • 55,000 tonne of Indian wheat reaches Egypt, clears stringent quality tests 

Sunday

  • Egypt receives 63,000 tonnes of wheat from France
  • Egypt’s Sisi, Yemeni president discuss maritime security in Red Sea
  • Egyptian court sentences man to death for killing Coptic priest

Reports

  • Inflation in Egypt accelerate for a sixth straight month on the back of soaring global commodities prices and a recent currency devaluation. Mirette Magdy
  • Several scientists, engineers have voiced concerns over Ethiopian Dam’s structural integrity because of its location active tectonic region. Mohammed El-Said

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