CAIRO: In each video released by the Islamic State (IS) group of Iraq and Syria, the militants include their anthem of Salil al-Sawarim, translating to “the clanking of sharpened swords.”
In a way to mock the militants group, a number of Egyptians have remixed the anthem music, incorporating pop culture references.
One new sarcastic version includes video footage from well-know Egyptian comedy films. Another video shows that students from two rival schools in a competition; both of the teams are dancing to the remixed Salil al-Sawarim.
reloaded by the Egyptian Comedy Tahees Youtube channel.
Social media users were active in their mocking at the group as the hashtag of #صليل_الصوارم was trending in Egypt; according to hashtag.org, 160 users tweets this hashtag per hour on Sunday.
Some fans of the parody anthem filmed guests dancing to it at a wedding party.
Many Twitter users also re-tweeted another video showing the U.S. actor Jean-Claude Van Damme dancing, with “Salil al-Sawarim” superimposed over the original audio. The video has since been removed from YouTube.
Here are a few more videos that have made the rounds in Egyptian social media:
Featuring Egyptian actor Ahmed Mekky:
Three girls acted out a beheading scene, then dancing to the remixed song:
Three men wearing clothing and beards associated with extremely conservative hard-line Islamists, who usually refrain from music or dancing, jamming to the anthem.