Israeli TV airs Egyptian drama without MBC’s permission
Al-Oustora was one of the most-watched soaps in the Arab world during the month of Ramadan last year
A popular Egyptian TV soap has been aired by Israeli state television without permission from the pan-Arab broadcaster MBC group, which owns exclusive rights to the series.
MBC, the parent company of Al Arabiya News Channel, has described the Israeli move to air the show, named “al-Oustora” (meaning The Legend), as an act of piracy.
Israeli state television announced it would broadcast the series on Channel 33 from Sunday to Thursday of every week, with two Hebrew-subtitled episodes a day.
Al-Oustora was one of the most-watched soaps in the Arab world during the month of Ramadan last year. It tells the story of two brothers embroiled in a life of crime, neighborhood gang disputes that turn deadly and family struggles.
Channel 33 began broadcasting in 1994, showing programs in Arabic, Hebrew and English languages.