Sunday,19 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1396, (31 May - 6 June 2018)
Sunday,19 May, 2019
Issue 1396, (31 May - 6 June 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Tears of responsibility

Salah’s injury
Salah’s injury

Perhaps the most important issue this week that engaged the people and the press was Egypt’s football star Mohamed Salah’s injury and whether he will play in the World Cup in Russia.

Usama Al-Ghazali Harb wrote that Salah’s injury, seen by millions of people on TV worldwide and which showed the genuine concern Egyptians have about their beloved son, went viral on social media in an unprecedented way.

“Salah’s tears after his injury were not that of pain or agony, but as a result of his feeling that he may not be able to play the role that millions of Egyptians are expecting from him. They were the tears of responsibility,” Al-Ghazali Harb wrote in the daily Al-Ahram.

The writer also pointed to a comment by the veteran sports commentator Ahmed Afifi who predicted early this month that Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos would hit and harm Salah in all cases. And that is what happened in the match.

He also hailed the stand of the minister of youth who rushed to contact Liverpool club where Salah plays to confirm to the millions of worried Egyptians that Salah will be able to play in the World Cup.

On another note, Khaled Salah questioned the intentional attempts to ruin the values of social support and cooperation among people, pointing to the campaign that was launched against raising money for charity to help the poor and needy.

Those who want to cast doubt on the matter, Salah explained, spread unfounded lies every year, but they neither provide proof or an alternative to help the poor and needy.

“Great states were built on the participation of the people in great social activities. Governments, however rich and strong, cannot provide the needed care for each and every individual,” Salah wrote in his regular column in the daily Al-Youm Al-Sabei.

The 57357 hospital and other charity organisations present today are the hope of millions of Egyptian who wish to receive food, shelter and treatment. They present a civilisational move and emphasise the ability of society to provide social support. The strength of these establishments lies in their work and organisation.

Nageh Ibrahim shed light on what happened in the last few days in the occupied territories.

Two thousand Palestinian civilians were injured, he wrote, without committing any wrongdoing.

As for the martyrs, Ibrahim added, they reached 61 in one day, dubbed the ‘Monday Massacre’. It took place on the day that the US president and his daughter celebrated moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

“The world did not budge. While the whole world rises and denounces what they call ‘Palestinian terrorism’ in the case of the death of one Israeli citizen, no one reacted to the death of 61 unarmed Palestinian civilians by the Israeli army, even though they were only calling for the freedom of their country,” he wrote in the daily Al-Watan,

Ibrahim noted that the Arab states did not move either. South Africa, he noted, withdrew its ambassador from Israel while the Arab states either denounced the Palestinians or left them to their own devices.

“How can those malicious people claim that there is no freedom of expression? The boy got full marks in essay!”

By Amr Selim, Al-Masry Al-Youm

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