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Egypt: Death of Three Arab Cultural Icons

The Arab world lost three of its cultural icons in the spam of a month. They are Egyptians philosopher Dr Abdel Wahab El Miseiri and film maker Youssef Chahine and Palestinian poet Mahmood Darwish. Egyptian Blogger, ElGharep, or The Stranger, reflects on the loss in this post [Ar].

فى خلال شهر واحد تقريبا توفى ثلاثة من أكثر من أسروا الثقافة العربية وهم على ترتيب ميقات الوفاة د. عبد الوهاب المسيرى و يوسف شاهين ومحمود درويش
الأول كاتب والثانى مخرج والثالث شاعر ….يختلفون فى المجال الثقافى فعبد الوهاب المسيرى الفيلسوف المصرى صاحب موسوعة اليهود واليهودية والصهيونية والذى أعطى كل مالديه أسرئا للثقافة …يوسف شاهين مخرج الوعى والذى جسدت أفلامه كل ألم مصرى وعربى من فيضان النيل ف”بن النيل” و النكسة فى ” عصفور ” وتوقعه بالنصر فى “الأرض” والكثير من الأفلام التى عبرت عن شئ واحد فقط وهو المصرى وقضاياه وأخيرا…محمود درويش ” شاعر الأنتفاضة والذى كتب بكل أسى عن شقاء الاجئ الفلسطينى المسحوق أمام قوة الأحتلال الصهيونى الغاشم وتخاذل الأنظمة العربية المخزى
Three of the greatest people who impacted Arab culture have died last month, in the following order: Dr Abdel Wahab El Miseiri, Youssef Chahine and Mahmoud Darwish.
The first was a writer, the second a director and the third a poet. The three of them differed in their cultural dimensions. El Miseiri was the Egyptian philosopher who wrote the encyclopaedia Jews, Judaism and Zionism. He exerted everything he had to enrich the culture. Youssef Chahine was a director whose movies tried to record all of the Egyptian and Arab people's pain, such as the Nile's flood in Ibn El Nile (The Nile's Son), the setback in Asfour (Bird), and his expectations of victory in El Ard (The Land) as well as many other movies that discussed one thing: Egyptians and their problems. And lastly, Mahmood Darwish, the Intifada poet who wrote about the misery the Palestinian refugees due to the Zionist invasion, and embarrassing weakness of Arab governments.

He adds:

الثلاثة يتشباهون فى شئ واحد ورئيسى الشأن العام والذى ظل مسيطر عليهم الى أخر لحظة فالمسيرى ظل الى أخر نفس رئيسا لحركة كفاية المصرية المعارضة بالرغم من سنه الكبير الذى لا يتحمل المطاردات الأمنية لأمن النظام المصرى ….وشاهين صاحب أقسى الأفلام السياسة نهاية بفيلم “هى فوضى ” والذى عرى فيه النظام البوليسى المصرى والذى لا يعبأ بالقضاء ولكن بأمنه فقط ….وأخيرا محمود درويش والذى الذى أستقال من منظمة التحرير أثر توقيع أتفاقية “أوسلو” فلم يقبل التخلى عن أى حق فلسطينى
Until the last moments of their lives, the three shared a common interest – Public Affairs. El Miseiri, despite his old age, was a prominent leader in Egyptian opposition movement Kifaya. Chahine made the toughest political movies, ending with his film Heya Fawda (It is Chaos), which exposed the Egyptian police, who don't care for justice, but have other internal interests. Last but not least, Darwish resigned from the Palestine Liberation Organization after the signing of the Oslo treaty as he did not wish to abandon any of the Palestinian rights.

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