Social networking sites were buzzing with a picture of the Egyptian artist Mohamed Ramadan, showing him embracing the well-known Israeli singer Omir Adam in Dubai, which sparked widespread controversy between the tweeters and accusations of “betrayal and normalization” of Ramadan.
Emirati Hamad Al Mazrouei was the first to publish the photo, accompanied by Israeli and Egyptian artists, using the hashtag #Dubai_groups us, before deleting it after a wave of the attack.
In response to the criticism directed at him, Muhammad Ramadan tweeted, saying that he “does not ask about the country of the person who is taking the photo with him.” It has nothing to do with the Palestinian issue. ”
The head of the Egyptian acting professions, Ashraf Zaki, had previously confirmed in an interview with a local TV program that Ramadan denied his personal knowledge of the Israeli artist before filming with him.
“A nail in the coffin of popularity”
The name of Muhammad Ramadan was on top of the communication sites in Egypt, and tweeters demanded to boycott him and “expel him from the Artists Syndicate”, stressing their support for the Palestinian cause and their rejection of normalization “in all its forms.”
On the other hand, the picture was widely welcomed by Israelis and Arabs who support normalization, and they encouraged artists to take similar steps with the aim of “strengthening unity” between Israel and the printed countries.
The “Israel in Arabic” page also shared another picture of Ramadan, accompanied by Israeli soccer player Dia Sabaa.
The Egyptian actor Mohamed Ramadan enjoys wide popularity in the Arab world and has more than 15 million followers on the Instagram application.