A recent televised debate on the political situation in Egypt turned ugly, as the participants got angry and threw water at one another.
The debate aired on the Egyptian Mihwar TV on November 6, 2013 and was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Participants in the debate were Egyptian Islamist lawyer Muntasir Al-Zayyat and journalist Abdel-Halim Qandil.
The Islamist lawyer became angry when Qandil accused the Muslim Brotherhood of inflating the incident at Rabia Al-Adawiya, when police raided two protest camps set up by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, killing hundreds.
Qandil said the casualty toll in the incident “has turned into a Jewish-style Holocaust”, adding, “All kinds of idiots with doctorates appeared on Al-Jazeera TV, saying that 15,000 people were killed at Rabaa Al-Adawiya. The MB did not send more than 5,000 people to demonstrate, but [Al-Jazeera commentator] Muhammad Al-Gawady blew it up to 15,000.”
He continued, “This insanity is an attempt to create a guilt complex, like the Jews did to the Western world, when they claimed that six million Jews died [in the Holocaust]. The total number of Jews did not reach six million, so how can they talk about six million killed in Nazi gas chambers? The [MB] talks about 15,000 dead, while there were only 3,000 people there.”
Al-Zayyat responded by leaving the studio, only to return a short time later to accuse Qandil, “As soon as I left the studio, you wrote on the screen: ‘Muntasir Al-Zayyat withdrew from the show.’ I will not withdraw even before twenty like you.”
Things got uglier when Qandil said that Al-Zayyat and the Muslim Brotherhood “rebelled against the will of the people” and accused the Muslim Brotherhood of sponsoring terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula.
When Qandil continued and accused Al-Zayyat of having “betrayed Islam”, the latter threw the contents of his mug at Qandil, who continued to egg him on before proceeding to throw the contents of his mug at Al-Zayyat.
“I wanted to repay his salutation in order to teach him that he should use only his tongue in an argument, if he has something to say,” said Qandil.