Egyptians Celebrate October Victory And Defeat Of Israel

الوجه الإنساني للسفير المصري خالد شمعة في فينا, واكتوبر تذكرني بطفولتي
السيد حجاب: حرب أوكتوبر لم تستثمر سياسيا كما يجب واتفاقية كامب ديفيد لم تلب طموحات الشعب المصري

The Egyptian community in Austria continued celebrations the 38 anniversary of the glorious victory of October 6 1973 war (“Ramadan War”, “Yom Kippur War”) in which the Egyptian Army defeated Israel, which had occupied the Egyptian land of Sinai and the Syrian Golan Heights since 1967, shattered the myth of invincibility of the zionist army which, freed the Suez Canal, crashed of the Bar Lev line and forbade the export of oil to the West. The celebrations which which have taken place in the Austrian capital are coordinated with the celebrations taking place in Egypt since the sixth of October.

The new Egyptian Ambassador to Austria, Dr. Khaled Shama and the Consul General of Egypt, Mr. Sherif Lutfi, attended a celebratory lecture organized and held under the auspicies of the Egyptian cultural attache, Dr. Morsy Abu-Youssef, at the cultural and studies department at the Egyptian Embassy in Vienna. (Click on the picture to see it bigger).

Sayed Hegab, a poet, writer and lyricist and Saad Hagras, author, journalist and bachelor of philosophy at the University of Cairo, gave a lecture on the theme “The October Victory – Significance and Meaning”. The speakers summarized the most important results of October war, in which Egypt regained full sovereignty over the Suez Canal and recovered part of the territory in the Sinai Peninsula. The war paved the way for the Camp David agreement between Egypt and Israel, which was held in September 1978 after the war and following the historic initiative of Anwar Al-Sadat in November 1977 and his visit to Jerusalem. The war also led to the resuming of shipping operations in the Suez Canal in June 1975.

During the October War, the United States and the Member States of the UN Security Council of the United Nations intervened and issued UN Resolution 338, which provides for cessation of all hostilities starting on October 22, 1973, and Egypt accepted the decision and implemented as it during the evening of the same day, but the Israeli forces violated the cease-fire and forced the UN Security Council to adopt another resolution on October 23, requiring all parties to the cease fire.

The speakers emphasized the relationship between the Egyptian armed forces and citizens in the success of the Egyptian revolution on 25 January of this year and the strength of those links as compared to other peoples of the Arab region living under similar conditions. Hegab read some of his poems and received warmed applause from the audience.


Mr. Hegab said during his speech that the worse thing which Egypt was forced to live through after the October Victory and signing the Camp David agreement was that the Egyptian regime was de-facto subjected to Israeli hegemony, and that even during the Hannukah Massacre of 2009 (Operation Cast Lead), the Israeli tanks were operating with Egyptian oil.

He added that the Egyptians did not use the war of October for political gains as it should have been, and he described Al-Mushir Abdul el- Ghani al-Jamasy, the third in command during the October war and one of the personalities at the Camp David negotiations, saying that he came out crying from the negotiating room because the results of the negotiations were abysmal compared to their military victory and is not in the same size of the hopes, aspirations, will and interests of Egypt and the Egyptian people

He sharply criticized the peace treaty with Israel, and the policy of “economic openness” that has transformed Egypt from an agricultural country dependent only on its own production into a consumer market for foreign goods which is now flooded with foreign products which are of lacking quality and unhealthy, products which transfer the wealth of Egypt to Western countries, to big transnational corporations and a few of the rich Egyptians.

In a brief commentary on the criticism made by Hegab in his speech, Ambassador Shama said that “we should not forget that the peace treaty signed by the late President Anwar Sadat has brought stability to Egypt and its people and has prevented wars”. He spoke about the role of late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in making the decision of the October War

The Ambassador also commented on the criticism of the policy of economic openness, saying that the error is not in the policy of economic openness, but in its implementation, which has been done improperly. He said: “without that policy there was no way to bring the modern technical equipment to the Egyptians, such as telephones, computers, etc.” He asked the audience to remember the previous time, before the economy of the country was opened, in addition to remember the suffocating crisis suffered by the country when the Egyptians often had to stand the whole day in a row waiting to get a chicken or a kilo of meat before government distribution stores.(Click on the picture to make it big).

Long Night of Egyptian Celebrations

After the speeches of Mr. Hegab and Mr. Hagras, Ambassador Shamaa and Consol Lutfi left the Egyptian cultural department and moved to the nearby Egyptian Club, where Dr.  Mostafa Talbi and many Egyptians who live in Vienna were celebrating the victory of October 6 1973 with songs and a dinner to commemorate this holy night in the history of Egypt.


At the Egyptian Club things were much less formal. There were no borders between the Ambassador, Consul and the local Egyptian community. Sitting together in an amiable round, the embassy officials and the local Egyptians conversed and drank tea together, sharing memories of the October victory with some veterans of that war.

It was simply a celebration of the defeat of Israel, the zionist enemy, which after decades still occupies the Palestinian territories. It was a celebration of the victory of the war of October 1973 and a celebration of the victory of the revolution of January 25, 2011, to which the Egyptians have attached their hopes and ambitions to change the unfair terms of several articles of the peace agreement between their country and Israel.

Four veterans of the October war were among the attendants at the Egyptian Club. They danced with Egyptian flag, sang old songs and told the audience about some of their memories. Dr. Mustafa Eltelbi, head of the Club together with the Egyptian Ambassador and Consul delivered certificates of appreciation from the Egyptian government to these war veterans before the audience. The veterans and the audience sang popular songs such as “The Land speaks Arabic” and then had a delicious dinner, an open buffet with traditional Egyptian food.


The zionist “state” of Israeli still remembers the October war very well. The war criminal Lt.Gen. Dan Halutz (דן חלוץ) wrote an article at the Hebrew edition of Maariv titled “The war … memory and lessons”, in which he said that the October War in 1973 had been “a difficult one”. He also said: “We were prisoners of our reality, in which we believed that we were stronger than our enemies, we did not doubt, there was no such word as “surprise” in our vocabulary or in our thoughts”.

Halutz also said in his article: “I was involved in more than 40 sorties in the war, I still remember my and my colleagues troubles when we heard more than 15 times about the shooting down of airplanes and about the missing crews of our air force. I still remember how we were troubled after 14 pilots of our fighter planes fell into captivity in Egypt and Syria”. Further: “After the war, some of our fighters were not physically injured but they were affected mentally. No one believed what had happened”. (Click on the picture to see it bigger).

4 comments to Egyptians Celebrate October Victory And Defeat Of Israel

  • Ali Babba

    When Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Movement reach out and shake hands, politicians and Wall Street gangsters will begin to tremble, and blood will run in the streets of America

  • CogitoMan

    Funny thing, there is not a single mention that this victory was only possible thanks to immense Russian military help and sacrifice. Then, soon after the war was over Russkies were sold again by Egyptian regime that turned it’s back on their sole supporter just to become another USA/Israel puppet for petty pocket change. Guess this was last time Russkies tried to help any Arab country after being betrayed so many times, most especially in Egypt. Makes me wonder why they still care to defend Syria, guess it is just to keep it from US/Jewish control.
    It is sad thing that not even Salem Kawther is going to acknowledge their sacrifice despite continuous, unyielding Russian support for Palestinian case. Guess if Russkies turned away from them, then we’d hear moans about betrayal but such is the Arab response to the only friend they ever had. Of course, I have no illusion that Russkies have always asked for something in return but overall there is no doubt in my mind that for example Egypt fared much better under Nasser with Russian involvement than later under US “friendship”. I have to stress that as a Pole I have no sympathy for Russkies but I’ll always point to the inconvenient truth wherever it belongs.

  • Egypt’s historical and cultural habits are highly predictable. If one reviews the history it would become abundantly clear that Egyptians have always sold out to the highest bidders even against their own family’s interest leave alone the national interests. Egyptians were the first to allow the Zionist plot to sell their national interests to America’s NeoCons. This sell-out lasted for over 32 years when Mossad coordinated the plot to assasinate Sadat who became well liked by the world population that was contrary to Neo-Cons overall and long term plan. The same happened to Shah of Iran because he became well liked by the Americans and the rest of the world and started to build an industrial and scientific Iran that was totally unacceptable to the Israelis but more so to the Israeli think tanks in Washington DC. Same thing happened to Saddam, Mubarek, Musharaf and same thing would ultimately happen to the Saudi royal family tyrants. Despite all the guarantees and assurances provided to the Saudis by the American and Israeli secret pacts, their demise is not too far.

  • Chelli

    Why insult “the Egyptians”? Especially when talking about the rulers or ruling class. This is something so unfortunate about Western discourse. “The Palestinians” “The Egyptians” as though everyone were the same and thought the same way (as the leaders bought out by the U.S. government who purchases these leaders to oppress their citizens.)
    One thing the many very warm and welcoming Egyptians taught me when I was living in Cairo for some months was a lesson I had not learned in the United States and which I am most grateful for: People said over and over “The government and the people are two different things!”
    The ruling class seemingly will always sell if it benefits them. This is predictable across borders. Certainly.
    As the Egyptians say: “The government and the people are two different things!”

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