The Sadat Family Lawsuit Against Iran

 “Iranian Film Calling Sadat Traitor Strains Egypt-Iran Relations” is the title of an article published on Memri on October 7, 2008, see here. I published on July 2008 an article on the same subject with the tittle *Iran’s film on President Anwar Sadat: the ‘Assassination of a Pharaoh’.

A few days ago, October 31- 2008, the soap saga dispute is taking a new turn with the Sadat family demands from Iran compensation for the documentary “The Assassination of a Pharaoh”. I quote:

“Next month, the Egyptian court will examine the appeal for damages to the amount of half a billion dollars submitted by former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s daughter against the Iranian president and the producer of the Iranian documentary film “The Assassination of a Pharaoh,” on the grounds that it has harmed her father’s reputation and distorted historical facts.
A diplomat at the Iranian Interest Office in Cairo stated in response that the lawsuit filed by the Egyptian plaintiffs was an attempt to sabotage the renewal of relations between Egypt and Iran.”, see here ( source is Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, October 31, 2008.)

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Now, perhaps there is some truth in the Iranian diplomat response to the Egypsian lawsuit, because of new facts about the documentary film, I quote:

In early August, it emerged that the contentious film did not, in fact, have any connection to the Iranian government. As it turned out, Execution of a Pharaoh was originally produced by satellite news channel Al-Jazeera, and was later dubbed into Persian by an independent Iranian religious institution that took the liberty of inserting the word “traitor” before Sadat’s name.”, see here.

Anyway, for those who want a further read, here is my article ” *Iran’s film on President Anwar Sadat: the ‘Assassination of a Pharaoh’ published on NowPublic:
“Iran’s documentary film ‘Assassination of a Pharaoh’  on the assassination of President Anwar Sadat arouse anger and protest in Egypt. 70 millions ‘Nuclear Iranians’ are confronting 75 millions ‘Non Nuclear Egyptians’ on a documentary propaganda film. Who knows what will trigger president Mubarak to have his own bomb.

Here is a quote from YNET; 
….”Sadat family enraged over ‘traitor’ label in Iranian film
Tehran documentary glorifies assassin of late President Anwar Sadat as martyr who killed ‘traitor’

Under the sensationalist title of ‘Assassination of a Pharaoh’ – a new Iranian film exalting the assassination of late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has stirred outrage in Cairo.

Recently screened on the sidelines of a festival organized by the Committee for Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement in Iran, the film has generated considerable heat amongst Egyptian scholars and filmmakers. Incensed, Sadat’s family has also vocally rejected the film and is reportedly considering a lawsuit against the Iranian producers.”….. see here

Here is a report by Egyptian daily ‘Al-Masri Al-Youm’ on Sunday:

 The project of Iranian film ‘the execution of the pharaoh’ about the assassination of the late President Anwar Sadat stirred wide controversy among Egyptian pundits and cinema professionals, as well as Sadat’s family.

They all expressed their indignation of the Iranian film, which was showed on the sidelines of the festival of the international committee to honor martyrs of Islamic renaissance.

The film of the execution of the pharaoh points out that the reason of assassination is that the ‘traitor’, as the film describes the late president, signed Camp David treaty.

The film showed what he called the ‘revolutionary assassination of the Egyptian traitor president by the martyr Khalid Islambouli’.  The one-hour film displayed testimonies of politicians and security experts of the incident and parts of the assassination process.

Sadat’s family, meanwhile, threatened to sue the producers of the Iranian film.  Ruqaia Sadat, daughter of late president, said to al-Masry al-Youm that film producers should have taken the prior approval of the family.  She stressed that any slander will be met with a strong reaction.

Talaat Sadat, niece of late president, criticized Iran and said that all Tehran’s actions toward the late president are ‘magian’; and that producing a film like that is a wicked attempt to tarnish the image of the man and falsify history.

Pundits and cinema professionals expressed their indignation of the film.  Mamdouh el-Leithi, chief of cinema syndicate, described the Iranian film as ‘impolite’ and said; “The film shows lies.”

He indicated; “Iranians should reconsider showing the film, as Sadat was a real hero; had it not been for Sadat, we would not have restored Sinai.  What Sadat achieved with Israel is now sought by Syria, Palestine and other states which objected to Sadat’s decision.  Sadat was rather the most courageous as he went to the Knesset.

Scenarist Wahid Hamid said; “The film is for propaganda and should not be treated as an artistic work.  It is produced based on a state’s politics.  This is the Iranian’s point of view for so long, as they named one of the streets after Islambouli”.

He added; “The Iranian film does not need a diplomatic response, but rather an artistic work to refute such claims”.  He expected that the film clamor will end within the next days.

For his side, a top leader of the Islamic group organization, which participated in the assassination of Sadat, declared the organization rejection of describing Sadat as traitor, stressing that he was the great man of October victory.  He said that Khalid Islambouli, killer of Sadat, was a righteous man and killed the president thinking it was the right thing.

But the group sees now that if days were to come back, such things would have never happened.  He added that Sadat was the only president who gave great freedom on his own to Islamic movements but the movement did not utilize such freedom at best.

Almasry, Alyoum,Iranian film, Anwar Sadat,Egypt,traitor,lies,propaganda,”…..see here.

Are these the new Iran-Egyptian talks? 

UPDATE, 9 Jul 2008 . Iran take an apologetical stance.

…”‘Assassination of the Pharaoh’ not Iran’s official stance
Tehran Times Political Desk

TEHRAN – An informed official at the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said the Iranian movie praising the assassin of late Egyptian president does not represent Tehran’s official stance.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the head of the Iranian representation in Cairo to protest a documentary film called “Assassination of the Pharaoh” which glorified the killer of late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.”….

 ….”The documentary has been produced by a private organization… and does not represent Iran’s official stance,” the official, who requested anonymity, told the Mehr News Agency.

Given the freedom of speech in Iran, private organizations do not necessarily speak for the government on different issues, he stated.

He asserted that Iranian leaders are determined to expand brotherly relations with Egypt based on mutual respect”…. see here.


Nazi Propaganda in Misleading Paris Occupation Photos


Via my Internet subscription to the french newspaper “Le Figaro” I found an article named “Cette exposition est tout à fait légitime”. Seeking an English written article on the same subject I found one on “FRANCE24″ named “German occupation photo exhibit causes scandal” . The opening lines describes in a few words what it’s all about “A controversial new photography exhibit entitled, ‘Parisians Under Occupation’ shows scenes of daily life that contrast sharply with the reality of the German occupation from 1940 to 1945″. (Photography exhibition, “Parisians Under Occupation” at the City Hall Library in Paris features 250 color photographs by French photographer André Zucca taken for the Nazi propaganda daily).
Paris 1940-45
  Looking at the exhibition’s video clips reminded me of the same years in Brussels, where as a kid, I was living and hiding from the Nazis, with my family.The architectural resemblance between Paris and Brussels are striking; the same houses, streets., the same fashion, the false Idyllic look of a good living world. And all this, only a propaganda veil hiding the atrocities of the Nazi regime all over Europe.
What ignite the fire of scandal was , I quote, that… “These unedited images, taken by a 24/36 Leica, were taken between 1942 to 1945, the height of the German occupation. The absence of any explanation about the propaganda element in the exhibit is striking…
  ..Most of the photos contrast sharply with the history books recalling the Vel d’hiver roundup and deportation in July 1942. Where are the snaking lines outside food stores? Where are the witnesses of the occupation? Rare are the photos where a yellow star sewn on coat lapels is seen on passers-by. This unexpected take on “German France” does not leave one indifferent.”…see here.
Here are more photos:
I extracted the photos from  France 24″ here and from ”Le Figaro” here.
Meanwhile the scandal continue,  I quote,..”WIthout questioning their beauty, the photos are disturbing. Even worse, the very title of the exhibit is rather shocking, due to its inaccuracy. Christophe Girard, the Parisian deputy mayor in charge of culture, is quite clear.”… “We should stop this exhibit!” …”Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë says the incident was “badly managed”, and is trying to put things right. He preferred not to ban the exhibit to avoid accusations of censorship, but removed the posters advertising the show. Organisers are also planning a debate titled “Is the camera an objective witness?” in a last-minute attempt to correct their early mistakes”..see more.
 Well, I was a witness of those past days. What I remember are photos like these  from the “..’round-up’ or ‘raid’ of the Velodrome d’Hiver’,(see here), mirroring similar photos of Nazis raids in Brussels.

I published this story on NowPublic and add here the comments by  NowPublic editors and contributing members.




good stuff:For me, the only way to take those exhibited images beyond revisionism/propaganda would be to show them alongside documentary counterparts: the image and the reality… sort of like what you did in the story above!

jordan thanks for the comment and the GS.

The curators of the exhibition trayed to minimize their mistakes, “..A large excerpt from the preface to the exhibition catalogue (Ed Gallimard / Paris Library), prepared by Jean-Pierre Azema, a specialist historian of this period is included in the exhibition since its opening and also recalls the historical context in which these photographs were taken, for more see here ..

…A weak palliative for bad conscience.

good stuff:korzac, I like this story. It’s good stuff. Excellent story and coverage Korzac

Barry Artiste, thanks for the comment and the GS.

good stuff:One must always guard against revisionist history. 

Karen Hatter, the exhibition is a form of visual deceit under the decent patronage of ‘culture’. But the french living witnesses of those years denounced the fraud..

Thanks for the comment and the GS.

I think all governments contribute propeganda to their citizens.

History reveals many things, sometimes it takes a while to come out. Many Germans, I believe, had no idea what was happening far away.

Of course they would prfer to be thinking of good things happening from their nations actions, just as we all are wishing to belive good things are happening from current conflict zones.

Matte, about your..”Many Germans, I believe, had no idea what was happening far away”..

Look at this ..”In a seminal study published thirty-five years ago, The Destruction of the European Jews, Raul Hilberg observed that the perpetrators of the Nazi holocaust were “not different in their moral makeup from the rest of the population…. [T]he machinery of destruction was a remarkable cross-section of the German population.”..see here.

Or look at this ..”To think that the Germans were unaware of the genocide is ignorant and absurd. The Germans saw as well as the Jews did what was going on. Why do you think so many Jews fled the country? They knew that death awaited them in the hands of the Nazis. The Germans saw the Jews being humiliated, corralled through the city, loaded up in trains and sent off to die horrible deaths in the concentration camps.’.. see here.

And look at the link with the title ..’The Genocide Generals: secret recordings explode the myth they knew nothing about the Holocaust“…see here.

I think Matte perhaps is stating that German civilians and soldiers far away from the conflict of the cities, perhaps the countryside and soldiers stationed outside of Germany may not have known about the concentration camps. Though I am sure rumours circulated, and perhaps even the rumours were infathomable to believe that humans could do that to humans.

Propeganda means different things to different people, and people belive what they want to believe. A study after a war cannot accuratly deduce what was going on inside people’s heads at the time. Yes people were being taken away – but at the time I belive NO ONE knew to where or for what fate.

People belive until they know otherwise, as has happened with the Iraq situation – people are fed propeganda and lies, until the truth is finally revealed. There is no blame for this on the part of the population, they just belive what they are told.

Just as in the Seconf World War the Japanese being portrayed as devils….but they were only following their leaders and fighting their war the way they were told, as is the US military, the Chinese military etc.

Matte about your “Yes people were being taken away – but at the time I believe NO ONE knew to where or for what fate.” What I most liked in this sentence is the irrevocable absoluteness of “..NO One knew..”

 Well, by ‘my what I where told by myself’  I know that SOME know what where the fate of the people taken away…

For example, the Belgian Benedictine priest, Reverend Henry Reynders  who saved my life and the life of  many other children from deportation, he and the whole Belgian rescues organisations knew perfectly well what would be our fate..see here  So,It would be very comforting that you indulge yourself in upgrading your knowledge from ‘No One knew’ to Some knew. The remaining question  will then be: how many is some..