Egypt continues to celebrate the 46th anniversary of 6 October war nowadays.
The Israeli papers has been commenting angrily on “The Passage” movie which touches the war on the Egyptian side of the front lines.
“Yediot Aharonot” an Israeli newspaper published a report on the Israeli reactions to the Egyptian film named “The Passage”.
The movie has raised fears within the Israeli community, increasing hatred toward Israel, the paper said.
Smadar Perri, an Israeli reporter, claimed that the film depicts Jews as vampires.
She added that the Egyptian film simulates the era after the defeat of 1967, the war of attrition, and up to the 1973 war, and depicts the Israeli army as sadistic.
Perri pointed out that the film has become the talk of the hour in the Arab world, and speaks clearly about the need to defeat the Israeli army, knowing that Israel is no longer in the literature of Egyptian cinema described as the Zionist enemy, but the Israeli enemy.
She explained that the film crew made several visits to the bases of the Egyptian commando to train on how to shoot some scenes of combat warfare.
On the other hand, Zvi Bar’el wrote in Haaretz that this year’s blockbuster ‘The Passage’ makes evident that despite political shifts, the line of defense of the country’s artists and intellectuals hasn’t changed.
Egyptian film critics attribute the timing to the new national spirit engendered by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, who in 2017 called on artists and filmmakers to bring nationalist content into their creations. “For the past seven years everything has been frozen,” Sisi said while meeting journalists and military figures. “Before that, the government was involved in content and instilling values and principles into the television industry and the media … we hope once again to take the same road.”
But “The Passage” is not just a cookie-cutter production depicting Egyptian soldiers as fair, honest and patriotic and prepared to sacrifice themselves for their country. It reminds Egyptians who the real enemy is. Portraying Israeli officers and soldiers as sadists, or trigger-happy at the very least, is not new. Even in movies that dared to criticize the government or present its failures in war, the Egyptian film industry always framed the Israeli army and Israel as a wild, warmongering, land-guzzling country.