What many Egyptians cannot understand is: Why is the U.S. administration siding with the forces of oppression in their country and assisting with its transformation into a failed state under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood? Egypt simply cannot be allowed to become another Somalia or Afghanistan, controlled by its own version of the Taliban.
The Egyptian people are astounded. They simply do not understand the Obama Administration’s efforts to bring the Muslim Brotherhood back to power.
In an effort to make some sense of the Obama Administration’s policies, Amr Adeeb, a prominent Egyptian commentator, argues that the U.S. is helping the Muslim Brotherhood to achieve power, in order to turn Egypt into a magnet for jihadist fighters. The goal, Adeeb states, is to turn Egypt into another Syria or Afghanistan and discredit Islamism as a viable political movement.
To Westerners, this may seem like a bizarre conspiracy theory, but for Egyptians it helps explain why the U.S. government is supporting an organization that has openly declared jihad against the West, engaged in threats of war with Israel and Ethiopia, demolished dozens of ancient historic churches, set hospitals on fire, and murdered Christians in the streets. The Muslim Brotherhood has no respect for the rule of law, but the Obama Administration treats the Egyptian military that removed the group from power as a threat to democracy itself.
The fact is, the Ikhwan (as the Muslim Brotherhood is called in Arabic) engaged in some pretty undemocratic behavior in the election that brought it to power in June 2012. Morsi lied about his background, telling voters he worked for NASA when he did no such thing. He falsely promised to spend $200 billion on an Egyptian renaissance only to say, once he was elected, that it was just an idea. He bribed voters with cooking oil, sugar, and medicine. On the day of the election, with threats of violence, the Muslim Brotherhood stopped thousands of Coptic Christians from voting. Further, in a little known aspect of the election, many voters complained of receiving ballots that had already been marked in Morsi’s favor.
Egyptians were willing to overlook these irregularities in hopes that Morsi would bring order and stability to their country. They hoped he would follow through on his promise to build a modern Egypt; create jobs, and put together and inclusive government and constitution. They hoped he would honor his promise to spend $200 billion on repairing Egypt’s infrastructure as part of an Islamic “Renaissance Project.”
Instead, Morsi worked systematically to dismantle the institutions of a 7,000 year-old country. He gathered his cronies to speak openly, on national television, of destabilizing Ethiopia in a fight over the use of water from the Upper Nile River.
Morsi also straightforwardly stated that he was recreating an Islamic “Caliphate.” He pardoned and freed hard-line Islamists — including Anwar Sadat’s killers — and allowed them to have an Islamic political party, contrary to the constitution, which bans religious parties. When Morsi spoke to audiences, hard-line Islamists sat in the front row, demonstrating that these people were his political base.
To buttress the support of this base, Morsi released members of Gamaa al-Islamiyya, founded by the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who attempted the first World Trade Center attack. This group, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, killed over 60 tourists in Luxor in 1997. That history did not stop Morsi from appointing one of its members governor of Luxor, over the objection of local residents who are dependent on tourism for their livelihood. Nor did it stop him from assigning another member of this group as Minister of Culture. With these decisions, Morsi delivered a final blow to Egypt’s tourism industry.
And if people are not even willing to visit Egypt, how will they invest in the country?
The Muslim Brotherhood, however, apparently does not want tourists from the West, even though they have been an important source of hard currency for decades. It seems Sheik Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, an ultraconservative Islamist and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, had asked Morsi to not allow Western tourists into Egypt, and to replace them with tourists from Muslim countries.
Life under the rule of Morsi became impossible. For Egyptians, shortages of food, water, electricity, and medicine became the norm. In response, Morsi appeared on TV to ask for more time, another 10 or 15 years.
As Morsi started driving his country into a civilizational ditch, some of the passengers rebelled. A grassroots movement called “Tamarud” (“Rebellion”) mobilized over 30 million people, who took over the streets of Egypt, and called for the removal of Morsi and his radical government. Their legitimate goal was to take the steering wheel from a group of madmen who wanted to bring about famine and take Egypt back to the dark ages. To prevent a civil war, the Egyptian army removed Morsi and installed an interim government with the support of Al-Azhar University, the most respected Islamic authority in Sunni Islam; the El Nour Party (an ultraconservative group); the Coptic Church, and a number of secular parties.
Predictably, the Muslim Brotherhood responded with threats and violence, especially targeting the Christians of Egypt. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood shot a 10-year-old Christian girl in the streets as she returned home from church. They beheaded a Christian merchant, shot a priest in Sinai and marched Franciscan Nuns in the streets like war prisoners. They burned Christian business, homes, and churches, especially the ancient churches in Upper Egypt. Their goal was to terrorize Christians and erase all of evidence of Egypt’s Christian past. Apparently, destroying the country’s hope for the future was not enough.
Islamists also massacred officers and soldiers from the armed forces and the police. Mohamed Beltagy, an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood politician, stated in a televised interview that violence would stop when Mohammed Morsi was reinstated as the president of Egypt.
Many Egyptian are asking: Why are the West and United States insisting on supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in the name of democracy? It was the same type of “democracy” — merely an election, which is only a small part of a democracy — that brought Hitler to power in Germany and Hamas to power in the Gaza Strip. If Hamas is outlawed in the West, why isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood?
What many Egyptians cannot understand is: Why is the U.S. Administration siding with the forces of oppression in their country and assisting with its transformation into a failed state under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood? These conditions all run contrary to American interests.
In the Middle East, a strong economy, military, and police are the cornerstones of stability. Egypt was the first Arab nation to choose the path of peace with Israel. Egypt is the nerve system of the Arab and the Islamic world. The U.S. has a strong interest in a stable, modern, and prosperous Egypt. It simply cannot be allowed to become another Somalia or Afghanistan, controlled by its own version of the Taliban.
Lieberman: Turkish PM advancing Nazi anti-Semitism
Friday, August 23, 2013 | Israel Today Staff
Former (and possibly future) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman this week accused Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of advancing Nazi-style anti-Semitism after the latter blamed Israel for the current unrest in Egypt.
"Anyone who has heard the words of Erdogan, which were full of hate and incitement, recognizes no doubt that we are dealing with a successor of [Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph] Goebbels," said Lieberman. "His conspiracy theories are of the same nature as the Dreyfus Affair and the hateful blood-libel ‘The Elders of Zion.’"
In a party conference speech earlier in the week, Erdogan said that his government could prove that Israel is behind the unrest in Egypt. As evidence, he cited the words of Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy in a 2011 conversation with the then-Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni. Levy said at the time: “The Muslim Brotherhood will not remain in power, even if they win the elections, because democracy is not the ballot box.”
In commenting on Levy’s words, Erdogan stated: “Now, the West says that democracy is not the ballot box, or not only, but we know that the ballot box is the will of the people. And this was implemented in Egypt. Who’s behind this? Israel. We have evidence.”
Lieberman is known for his rough and outspoken demeanor, and often compares Muslim politicians who want to destroy Israel to the Nazis. But with Erdogan, he might not be so far off the mark.
The Turkish leader is equally infamous for his conspiracy theories, which he disseminates with abandon any time the situation is not going according to plan. During Turkey’s own recent pro-democracy demonstrations, Erdogan attributed the near-uprising to a conspiracy against him contrived by “world Jewry.”
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Obama Cannot Keep Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in Power
Friday, August 23, 2013 | Ashraf Ramelah
The following is another open letter from Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, director of Voice of the Copts, who, along with many other Egyptian Christians, wants the US and Europe to STOP trying to reimpose Islamist rule on their country.
The military of Egypt is respecting the universal rights of all Egyptians by rooting out Muslim Brotherhood terrorism, the backers of Morsi’s regime – finding smuggled weapon stashes and arresting Morsi’s guest militias (Hamas and Al Qaeda terrorists).
After more than two years of protests to bring about the removal of two dictatorships, the latter installed through fraudulent elections billed as “free and fair,” Egyptian freedom-fighters backed by the army must not retreat from their chance now to expose and expunge radical terrorists who came dangerously close to dominating Egypt for the long term. This means countering the efforts of the Obama administration inside Egypt.
Everything hinges upon the unthwarted dedication of the Egyptian army to continue with actions loyal to Egyptian pro-democracy freedom-fighters. So far it has done so by not heeding the call for “restraint” coming from the U.S. White House and Department of State in wrestling with an entrenched terror group fallen from “legitimacy.”
Implying that Egypt’s military is sparking violence rather than dispelling it, an August 14 White House Statement by the Press Secretary on Egypt advises, “Violence will only make it more difficult to move Egypt forward on a path to lasting stability and democracy, and runs counter to the pledges by the interim government to pursue reconciliation.” But has the secular, civil, pro-democracy majority movement represented by the interim government ever promised to reconcile with terrorists?
Secretary of State John Kerry mentions “inclusion” or “inclusive” five times in his August 14 State Department press briefing on Egypt. He is referring to Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis he knows to be the only parties left out from Egypt’s interim government. This makes the Obama administration seem nothing more than promoters of the ousted regime and their protesters who gathered armed forces in the streets of Al Adawyia, Cairo and other cities across Egypt.
Fittingly, White House disapproval comes now and blames Egypt’s military for defending the country against the aggression of Morsi defenders and Brotherhood thugs, advising reconciliation which will place Egypt’s democratic future at risk. Ignoring these urgings, the interim government is speaking of combating “religious fascists” and “dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood” as a way of ensuring that democratic values prevail.
U.S. Senator John McCain, America’s best and brightest, labels Egypt’s problem a military coup – in reality, this coup is nonexistent. In cautioning John Kerry against leniency toward Egypt’s military, John McCain says, “To think they’re [the military coup government of Egypt] going to eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood flies in the face of the history of the Muslim Brotherhood who…will be able to survive, perhaps, underground, despite the efforts of the generals to eliminate them” (Newsmax, 8/15/13).
In an open letter to Obama (Newsmax 8/16/13), Free Egyptians reject the arrogance, pessimism and opposition coming from the U.S. in answer to their struggle for freedom in the face of terrorism. Paradoxically, the greatest democracy on earth offers the greatest resistance to Egypt’s democratic goals.
The White House rightfully condemns [the current] violence in Egypt… But it does so at the expense of appearing neglectful and unsympathetic toward the hundreds of murderous attacks on Egypt’s Christians who for the past six years have sought the support and help of a freedom-loving America and still wait. Now suffering more so at the brunt of Brotherhood Muslim madness and unleashed hatred, Christians have so far lost 83 Coptic churches looted and burned by the Muslim Brotherhood, along with Christian schools, shops and businesses.
Insisting that Egypt’s answer for democracy includes the fraudulent, unscrupulous and untrustworthy Muslim Brotherhood makes the Obama administration look likewise — fraudulent, unscrupulous and untrustworthy — to the smart, genuine and brave freedom fighters of Egypt.
UPDATE: Israel bombs Beirut following missile attack
Thursday, August 22, 2013 | Israel Today Staff
Israeli warplanes bombed terrorist targets just south of the Lebanese capital of Beirut early Friday morning in response to a missile attack against northern Israel a day earlier.
The Israeli military confirmed the retaliatory strike, but did not provide details regarding the target.
On Thursday afternoon, four missiles were fired from southern Lebanon at northern Israel. One of the missiles was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Another narrowly landed near a residential area, narrowly missing a meeting of Holocaust survivors.
Residents of towns along Israel’s northern coast reported hearing air raid sirens and loud explosions. Most living in the area are aware of what to do in such a situation, and immediately took cover in the nearest bomb shelter.
The missiles are believed to have originated from a Palestinian refugee camp in the Lebanese coastal city of Tyre. A terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda claimed credit for the attack, but Israel said that ultimately it holds the Lebanese government responsible.
UN will probe Gaza war, but not Syria chemical attack?
Thursday, August 22, 2013 | Ryan Jones
The United Nations on Wednesday again revealed its true colors when it stopped short of ordering an official probe into charges that the Syrian government had killed hundreds of its own citizens in a chemical weapons attack.
That decision was especially interesting to Israelis, who are still irked by the UN’s massive and widely-publicized probe into the Gaza War that began in late 2009 after Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorists escalated missile attacks against southern Israel. The commission ended up accusing Israel of war crimes.
The UN Security Council insisted it was necessary to “clarify” allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria before taking any action. Opposition groups in the country said as many as 1,300 had been killed in a chemical weapons attack by government forces this week. Turkey’s foreign minister, after reviewing video footage from the scene, said it was clear that non-conventional weapons had been used, and urged an immediate UN investigation. But the Security Council failed to act.
By contrast, the UN did not independently verify the Palestinian claims that led to the post-Gaza War probe.
So, if the results of the December 2009-January 2010 Gaza War were worthy of a major UN investigation without prior fact-checking, how is a possible chemical weapons massacre in the midst of a Syrian civil war that has claimed over 100,000 lives not?
That question has left many Israelis more convinced than ever that the international community, and in particular the United Nations, operate under the influence of an unfair and exaggerated bias against the Jewish state.
‘Iran cannot do much in response to Israeli strike’
Thursday, August 22, 2013 | Israel Today Staff
One of the key concerns of Israel launching a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program is that the Islamic Republic’s response would cause grave damage to Israel and possibly engulf the region in full-scale war.
But a top Israeli official says those concerns are ill-placed, and that the Iranian response to an Israeli strike would likely be rather contained, and cause only minimal damage.
In an interview with the Times of Israel, Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said his estimate was that an Iranian response to an Israeli strike would consist of “two or three days of missile fire” against Israel and Western targets in the Middle East. That missile fire, according to Steinitz, would cause “very limited damage.”
Steinitz reiterated Israel’s warning to Western leaders to not be taken in by new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s more diplomatic veneer. Like his government colleagues, Steinitz expects Rouhani to woo the West with promises of compromise, even as Iran continues to inch closer to attaining atomic weapons.
But should the West be duped, as many Israelis expect, Steinitz echoed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in stating that the Jewish state needs no green light from Washington or Europe to take action on its own.
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ISLAMIC TERRORISTS EXECUTE 25 EGYPTIAN POLICEMEN IN SINAI: Islamic terrorists on Monday ambushed two mini-buses carrying policemen in northern Sinai, killing 25 of them execution-style. The terrorists forced the two vehicles to stop, ordered the policemen out and forced them to lie on the ground before shooting them. Initially it had been reported the policemen were killed by rocket-propelled grenade fire. Last Thursday, terrorists in the Sinai peninsula killed seven Egyptian soldiers. Gunmen in two cars attacked the soldiers in their tents in the town of El-Arish, according to security officials. (AP/Arutz-7)
EGYPT ARMY ON HIGH ALERT IN SINAI, GAZA BORDER SHUT FOLLOWING DEADLY AMBUSH: Egyptian authorities on Monday were on high alert after Islamists killed 25 Egyptian policemen in the Sinai peninsula, where attacks on security forces have multiplied since the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3. Military and police have declared a state of emergency in Sinai, deploying roadblocks in the area in an effort to combat terrorists. Egypt has resealed the border crossing into nearby Gaza in the wake of the ambush. The attack underlined the challenges facing Egypt’s new rulers, locked in a struggle with Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in which at least 850 people have been killed since the security forces opened fire at pro-Morsi protest camps earlier this month. Mounting insecurity in Sinai also worries the US because the area lies next to Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, as well as the Suez Canal. Egypt’s descent into the bloodiest internal conflict in its modern history is causing global jitters, but no consensus on how to respond has emerged in the West or the Arab world. (J.Post)
EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS RETURN TO WORSHIP IN CHURCH DESTROYED BY MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: Copts whose church was one of dozens destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood supporters have returned to the charred house of worship, with their pastor vowing the violence suffered by his flock will make them better Christians. “This will teach us to be better Christians,” said Pastor Sameh Ibrahim of a torched congregation in Upper Egypt, where some 15 churches were reportedly attacked in recent days. Across Egypt at least 60 churches have been targeted, along with Christian schools, homes, businesses and even an orphanage. In several areas Christian homes and businesses have received leaflets warning them to leave or face reprisals by Islamists. Christian homes and businesses in Al Minya have been marked with black X’s to single them out for attack. As violence envelops Egypt, Christians are paying a heavy price with scores of their most sacred buildings and monuments being systematically destroyed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The group, which is clashing with the military throughout the North African nation, has zeroed in on Christians since the Muslim Brotherhood-backed administration of Mohamed Morsi was ousted on July 3. The military removed him from power after he imposed several sweeping constitutional changes that put the nation of 90 million on a path toward Islamist rule. Under fire, Christians are solidly backing the military’s harsh crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. (Fox) Pray the Egyptian crisis will soon come to an end with a secular, rather than an Islamist government, in place. Continue to pray for the protection of both lives and property of the Christian community in Egypt. Pray also for the comforting of those connected to the Bible Society Bookshops in Assiut & Minia. Both beautiful and well equipped bookshops were completely burned and demolished by Islamists late last week, according to reports from Bible Society sources. “The attackers demolished the metal doors protecting the bookshops, broke the store windows behind them and set the bookshops on fire. They did the same to many stores on those streets as well as demolishing many parked cars. Similar incidents are taking place across the nation,” said one Bible Society spokesperson.
COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN NASHVILLE DEMONSTRATE FOR EGYPT: More than 200 Coptic Christians from churches around Nashville rallied Monday, calling for an end to the violence in Egypt, while declaring their support for the Egyptian army. During the rally in downtown Nashville, many demonstrators chanted “Obama, Obama don’t you care? Christian blood is everywhere,” and “Pray for Egypt” while waiving Egyptian flags. Others held signs with messages such as “We are against Muslim Brotherhood.” Amany Shahata, who has lived in the US for 16 years, said she feared for Christians living in Egypt, where more than 60 churches had been attacked in recent days. She and other protesters blamed the Muslim Brotherhood. Abram Thabet said that he hopes the Obama administration will stand by the Egyptian government. He said he fled Cairo two years ago with his family, because he feared persecution. “The Christians in Egypt are paying a very high price,” he said. “I couldn’t keep my children safe.” (USA Today)
SUPREME LEADER OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ARRESTED: Egyptian security sources and state television say the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been arrested. Mohammed Badie was captured Tuesday in an apartment in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City. That’s where supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi held a six-week sit-in protest that was cleared by security forces last Wednesday. Morsi is a longtime leader of the Brotherhood. Badie and his powerful deputy Khairat el-Shater, who is in custody, go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters in June. Badie has in the past called for a jihad (holy war) against Israel. (AP/INN)
ERDOGAN BLAMES ISRAEL FOR MORSI’S DOWNFALL, EGYPT UNREST: Turkish PM Recep Erdogan’s rant that Israel was behind the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt was not worthy of a response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Tuesday. “This is a statement well worth not commenting on,” Palmor said. Another Israeli official said he had a one word response for Erdogan: “Nonsense.” The Turkish premier, who has a history of anti-Israeli and antisemitic remarks, blamed Israel on Tuesday for the events that brought about Morsi’s ouster. “Who is behind the ouster? There is Israel,” Erdogan said at a meeting of his AK Party in Ankara. (J.Post)
ISLAMISTS PLAN TO ATTACK ISRAELI, JEWISH TARGETS WORLDWIDE: Islamist groups are actively planning attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets abroad, the Anti-Terror Unit of the Prime Minister’s office said Monday. Specifically, Israelis were warned to stay away from Sinai, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, a number of countries in Central Africa, and Turkey. The Turkish threat was termed “potential and ongoing,” the Unit said. Turkey has slowly become a destination for Israelis in the past year, as relations between Jerusalem and Ankara have thawed somewhat. In Sinai, the threat was termed “concrete and very high,” as was the threat in Chechnya and southern Thailand, bordering Malaysia. Visitors to Egypt and Jordan also face a “concrete and solid” threat. Hezbollah and Iran would likely be behind the attacks, the Unit said. (INN) Pray for the safety of Jewish tourists while travelling in foreign countries, especially during the approaching Jewish holidays. Pray all terrorist attacks will be averted.
JORDANIAN KING: VIOLENCE WILL DESTROY MUSLIM WORLD: The ethnic and sectarian violence that is currently affecting several Arab countries could ultimately destroy the Muslim world, Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned Tuesday. His statement was issued at a conference of religious scholars in Amman. The event was attended by Shiite Muslim, Sunni Muslim and Christian clergy. The conference focused on how Muslim countries can safeguard human rights and civil rights. “Democracy is achieved when all share the feeling that they are truly represented,” he said. Abdullah’s comments came as several Arab Muslim countries face internal violence. In Egypt, hundreds have been killed in the military government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, while Syria’s civil war is increasingly becoming a religious sectarian battle. There have been tensions and violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain and elsewhere in the Middle East as well. (Arutz-7)
2,700-YEAR-OLD-HEBREW INSCRIPTION FOUND IN JERUSALEM: Archaeologists working in Jerusalem have discovered a 2,700-year-old pottery fragment with an ancient Hebrew inscription, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Sunday. The text fragment on the shard is similar to the name of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, the father of the prophet Jahaziel, whose name appears in 2 Chronicles 20.14. (Times of Israel) 2 Chronicles 20 recounts a joint attack on Judah by the nations of Moab, Ammon, and Edom in the time of King Jehoshaphat. The King declared a fast to Jehovah and prayed for his help before the assembled nation. Then the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, who declared the word of Jehovah, “The battle is not yours, but God’s,” and concluding, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and Jehovah will be with you.” The next morning, Jehosaphat led his people out, calling them to have faith in Jehovah, and leading them in praise. They saw their enemies turn on each other, and returned to Jerusalem in joy. After that, the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side. Reference: 2 Chron 20:14-25. What a victorious word for the nation of Israel today!
Egypt’s Embattled Coptic Church Lashes Out at Western Media for Giving ‘Political Cover’ to ‘Terrorist and Bloody Groups’
Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic Church lashed out at Western media coverage of the recent violence in its country, saying “read objectively the facts of events and [don’t] give international and political cover to these terrorist and bloody groups.”
The church also announced its support for state military and police against the “black terrorism” of the Muslim Brotherhood-led forces supporting ousted former President President Mohammad Morsi, according to statement Friday and reported by Al Arabiya.
Scores of Egyptian churches have been attacked and torched in the midst of the violence.
But Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has denied involvement: “Based on the true nature of our religion, and pursuant to our party’s indivisible principles, we strongly condemn any attack, even verbal, against Copts, their churches or their property,” Dr. Murad Ali, a spokesman for the Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, said in a statement.
More than 600 people have been killed since the latest wave of violence began Wednesday, as the interim government attempted to disband the sit-ins in support of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.
According to The New York Times, many Islamists fault Egypt’s Coptic Christians — who make up about 10 percent of the population — for supporting Morsi’s ouster. Attacks on churches are viewed as retaliation.
“When Pope Tawadros comes out after a massacre to thank the military and the police, then don’t accuse me of sectarianism,” 35-year-old accountant Mamdouh Hamdi said.
A Christian Coptic rights group in the country says they have recorded 74 attacks on churches and Christians so far, and in some of those attacks, the churches were “burned to the ground.”
Islamist columnist and author Fahmy Howeidy wrote in al-Shorouk daily on Thursday that Egypt is being firmly divided.
‘‘The spark of civil war is out,” he wrote. “The nation is on the edge of an abyss.’’
Islamist mob parades nuns in Cairo as prisoners of war after six hours looting church school and replacing cross with banner resembling Al Qaeda flag
A mob marched nuns through the battle-torn streets of Cairo ‘like prisoners of war’ in the latest outrage against Egypt’s Christian minority.
Sister Manal, principal of a Franciscan school in suburban Cairo, watched for six hours as a mob looted the building, knocked the cross off the gate and replaced it with a black banner resembling the flag of Al Qaeda.
The classrooms were then burned to the ground and the women taken away, attracting a crowd of abusive onlookers.