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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #225 on: May 29, 2013, 10:35:35 PM »
http://www.aina.org/news/20130526225530.htm

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The disappearance of young Coptic girls in Egypt has been highlighted in several meetings with Western journalists by the Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (AVAFD).

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Lewis noted that the association was able to register about 500 cases of Coptic girls being abducted after the revolution.

"The Association has agreed to organize a meeting with the girl returned after kidnapping in one of the provinces of Upper Egypt and the French journalist talked with her about the abduction period, which lasted for 60 days. He saw the removal of the cross from her hand," he added.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #226 on: May 29, 2013, 10:39:51 PM »
The issue of Coptic women being kidnapped has quickly hit home, as a family friend's daughter, who was engaged to be married in a couple of months, was kidnapped by Islamists in no less a place than Cairo, where you least expect it.

Lord, have mercy!  :'(
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #227 on: May 29, 2013, 11:16:46 PM »
The issue of Coptic women being kidnapped has quickly hit home, as a family friend's daughter, who was engaged to be married in a couple of months, was kidnapped by Islamists in no less a place than Cairo, where you least expect it.

Lord, have mercy!  :'(
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #228 on: May 29, 2013, 11:20:28 PM »
Lord have mercy.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #229 on: May 30, 2013, 04:36:33 PM »
oh no!
this is terrible, and confirms that really about 1% of these cases (probably less) is it about some young woman 'falling in love' with a muslim guy as they try to say (even some of the foreign news reporters make the terrible mistake of saying this is a 'love story').
may God give her lots of courage to stay true to the Lord and her Christian faith whatever she has to do in this difficult situation.

may God give the family great strength to live as Christians through this really hard time.
these cases always make me pray a lot, as only God can give comfort in this situation.

'all these...obtained a good testimony through faith' (hebrews 11:32-40)
may God have mercy on them and lead them beside still waters.

may He also convict the evil workers of their sin.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #230 on: June 07, 2013, 08:35:45 PM »
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Attacks on Christian children, both boys and girls, are on the rise in Egypt.

Last week, a six-year-old Coptic Christian boy named Cyril Yusuf Sa'ad was abducted and held for ransom. After his family paid off the Muslim kidnapper, Ahmed Abdel Moneim Abdel-Salam, he still killed the child and threw his body in the sewer of his house. In the words of the Arabic report, the boy's "family is in tatters after paying 30,000 pounds to the abductor, who still killed the innocent child and threw his body into the toilet of his home, where the body, swollen and moldy, was exhumed."

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Weeks earlier, ten-year-old Sameh George, an altar boy at the Coptic church of St. Abdul Masih (Servant of Christ) in Minya, Egypt, was kidnapped by "unknown persons" while on his way to church to participate in Holy Pascha prayers leading up to Orthodox Easter. His parents and family reported that it was his custom to go to church and worship in the evening, but when he didn't return, and they began to panic, they received an anonymous phone call from the kidnappers, saying that they had the Christian boy in their possession and would execute him unless they received 250,000 Egyptian pounds in ransom money.

And about a month before this latter incident, yet another Coptic boy, twelve-year-old Abanoub Ashraf, was also kidnapped right in front of his church, St. Paul in Shubra al-Khayma district. His abductors, four men, put a knife to his throat, dragged him to their car, opened fire on the church, and then sped away. Later they called the boy's family demanding an exorbitant amount of money to ransom the boy's life.

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http://www.aina.org/news/20130607112137.htm

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #231 on: June 09, 2013, 05:06:18 PM »
Lord have mercy.
 :(
may God give the Christians strength and wisdom.

these boys remind me of one of our famous saints, 12 year old saint abanoub:

http://www.copticchurch.net/classes/synex.php?month=11&day=24&btn=View&lang=

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Abanoub

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #232 on: June 28, 2013, 12:25:48 PM »
I'm very concerned about the 30th. Lord have mercy.

Crimes of the Muslim Brotherhood
http://youtu.be/KbJ1ucSmIcA
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #233 on: July 02, 2013, 01:24:42 PM »
Copts under the Gun: Religious Freedom in Egypt
By  Kathryn Jean Lopez July 2, 2013 9:52 AM


LOPEZ: Who was Cyril Yusuf Sa’ad?

IBRAHIM: He was a six-year-old Coptic Christian boy who was abducted and held for ransom. Muslim abductions of Christians is an increasingly common practice, not just in Egypt, but in Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, etc. (as I show in Crucified Again). The boy was eventually killed in late May. According to the Arabic language report, the boy’s “family is in tatters after paying 30,000 pounds to the abductor, who still killed the innocent child and threw his body into the toilet of his home, where the body, swollen and moldy, was exhumed.”


LOPEZ: Who was Agape Essam Girgis?

IBRAHIM: She is a 14-year-old Coptic girl who, on her way to school accompanied by a Muslim social worker and two teachers — one of whom was a Salafi — never returned. She was drugged and awakened to find herself in a secluded place with an elderly woman and Salafis who tried to convert her to Islam, forced her to wear the full hijab, and beat her. She was eventually released — she’s actually one of the few lucky Coptic girls who made it back home (one recent study states that well over 500 Coptic girls have been abducted, raped, seduced, blackmailed, etc., in the last few years).


http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/352555/copts-under-gun-religious-freedom-egypt-kathryn-jean-lopez
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #234 on: July 05, 2013, 11:46:42 AM »
http://therightscoop.com/muslims-burn-down-23-houses-of-coptic-christians-near-luxor-egypt/

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Muslims have burned down 23 houses belonging to Coptic Christians near Luxor, Egypt, after a fight today between a Muslim man and three of his Christian friends. According to residents, the fight that left the Muslim man dead and one of the Copts hospitalized was not religious or political.

But that didn’t stop Muslim youth from initially setting three Copt houses ablaze and now that number has increased to 23 houses as security troops try and stop the violence:

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #235 on: July 05, 2013, 02:37:26 PM »
Islamists are also apparently trying to burn down the Coptic church in Luxor, but the police and army are protecting it.  This is coming from Arabic tv media.

Anyways, I thought I could post a timeline of some of the major persecutions against the Coptic Church since 1968 to the present:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/roots-religious-violence-lie-both-state-and-society
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #236 on: July 05, 2013, 02:51:03 PM »
The behaviour of these followers of a peaceful religion toward non-Moslems is appalling and stretches back into time immemorial. Elsewhere Hindu, Sikh among others have complained of the forced abduction and conversion of young girls and women, including here in the UK.

The involvement of the Coptic Pope in the announcement of the new Government will also rest long in Muslim Brotherhood memories.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #237 on: July 05, 2013, 03:23:08 PM »
Islamists are also apparently trying to burn down the Coptic church in Luxor, but the police and army are protecting it.  This is coming from Arabic tv media.

Anyways, I thought I could post a timeline of some of the major persecutions against the Coptic Church since 1968 to the present:

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/roots-religious-violence-lie-both-state-and-society

Thank you for sharing this timeline, as sad as it is.
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #238 on: July 05, 2013, 06:02:15 PM »
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A friend on Facebook mentioned the extremists have declared war against the Egyptian army, police... and Christians. This could turn into a Civil War.

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for a wave of protests Friday, furious over the military's ouster of its president and arrest of its revered leader and other top figures, underlining the touchy issue of what role the fundamentalist Islamist movement might play in the new regime.  There are concerns of Islamist violence in retaliation for Mohammed Morsi's ouster, and some former militant extremists have vowed to fight.

www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198954757/egypts-brotherhood-calls-for-protests-friday  

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #239 on: July 05, 2013, 06:13:25 PM »
Pro-Morsi rally threatens the Army, protestors, and Christians:

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=SFX1heljE9k&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DSFX1heljE9k
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #240 on: July 06, 2013, 09:57:37 AM »

Coptic Christian priest shot dead

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/10164062/Egypt-Coptic-Christian-priest-shot-dead.html

R.I.P

I felt this when I saw His Holiness, Pope Tawadros alongside the Sheick, the general and the freemason, al-Baradai. These cowards, children of the devil only attack the unarmed children, women and Christians.

May Lord bring them soon the punishment they deserve


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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #241 on: July 06, 2013, 10:11:32 AM »
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Coptic Christian priest shot dead

Lord have mercy!

May his memory be eternal!

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the general and the freemason, al-Baradai.

Source please.
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #242 on: July 06, 2013, 04:06:14 PM »
Picture of Father Mina Cheroubim, who was shot and killed as he left his church this morning:



May he pray for us all.

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(AINA) -- This morning masked men gunned down Father Mina Cheroubim, pastor of the Coptic Orthodox church, as he left his church building in el-Arish North Sinai, 344 kilometers northeast of Cairo. Yesterday Muslims attacked Coptic inhabitants in the village of Nag Hassan, Dabayaa, in Luxor province. This attack was prompted by news that allegedly four Copts killed 45-year-old Muslim H. Hefny, whose body was found near the river. The attack killed four and wounded three. 16 homes and shops were torched, including the home of a Coptic family who are accused of being involved in the killing of the Muslim man. Police and ambulances were sent to the village as hundreds of scared Coptic inhabitants left the village. One of the villagers said that the dead Muslim was not killed by Copts but by Muslims in order to cause sedition and force Christians to leave the village.

Muslims have continued terrorizing Christians. On July 3rd, in the village of Delga in Deir Mawas, Minya Province, which has a population over 65,000, the services building of the Coptic Catholic Church of St. Georges was looted and torched, and the El-Saleh Church in Delga was heavily fired at. The villagers had their homes and businesses looted and torched. Most of the Copts, the majority in Delga, left their homes in fear. Two Christians were wounded from the fires.

http://www.aina.org/news/20130706133116.htm
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #243 on: July 06, 2013, 06:01:25 PM »
 :'(
Lord have mercy.
may God repose his soul and comfort his family and spiritual children.
abouna mina is now praying for egypt before the throne of grace; Lord please give us strength and courage.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #244 on: July 08, 2013, 10:03:39 AM »
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Coptic Christian priest shot dead

Lord have mercy!

May his memory be eternal!

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the general and the freemason, al-Baradai.

Source please.

Source: Balthasar

Dr. Elbaradai...every "Dr"...a winner of the so-called "Nobel Prize" is a Freemason. What has Egypt to do with atomic matters, when Elbaradai become the boss of the International Atomic Energy Agency? No wonder the Muslim mafia (foolish tools of the freemasons) don't want to see him in the government.

Tough time coming to Egypt. :'( Sad that peope have to learn the hard way!


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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #245 on: July 08, 2013, 10:16:10 AM »
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Coptic Christian priest shot dead

Lord have mercy!

May his memory be eternal!

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the general and the freemason, al-Baradai.

Source please.

Source: Balthasar

Dr. Elbaradai...every "Dr"...a winner of the so-called "Nobel Prize" is a Freemason. What has Egypt to do with atomic matters, when Elbaradai become the boss of the International Atomic Energy Agency? No wonder the Muslim mafia (foolish tools of the freemasons) don't want to see him in the government.

Tough time coming to Egypt. :'( Sad that peope have to learn the hard way!



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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #246 on: July 08, 2013, 11:01:40 AM »
Let's keep this about the people persecuted, not about the politics.
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #247 on: July 09, 2013, 06:53:41 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tay4w_Oid48 - some fragments of the funeral of fr. Mina (very moving, in the beginning there is a picture with his family, I'm very sorry for them) and short speech of a bishop.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #248 on: July 11, 2013, 12:27:00 PM »
http://www.aina.org/news/20130711082117.htm

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CAIRO (AFP) -- A Coptic Christian man was found decapitated on Thursday in Egypt's Sinai peninsula five days after he was kidnappped by gunmen, security officials and witnesses told AFP.

The man was found with his hands and feet bound and his head severed in the Sheikh Zuwayed area of north Sinai, they said.

A security official said "extremist groups" had captured the man on Saturday, the same day that a Coptic priest was killed.


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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #249 on: July 11, 2013, 12:39:25 PM »
Lord have mercy upon his soul, and his bereaved family.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #250 on: July 11, 2013, 01:45:50 PM »
 :o
Lord have mercy, this is horrible.
may God comfort his family and may the new martyr pray for us before the throne of God.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #251 on: July 12, 2013, 07:05:21 PM »
Picture of Father Mina Cheroubim, who was shot and killed as he left his church this morning:



May he pray for us all.

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(AINA) -- This morning masked men gunned down Father Mina Cheroubim, pastor of the Coptic Orthodox church, as he left his church building in el-Arish North Sinai, 344 kilometers northeast of Cairo. Yesterday Muslims attacked Coptic inhabitants in the village of Nag Hassan, Dabayaa, in Luxor province. This attack was prompted by news that allegedly four Copts killed 45-year-old Muslim H. Hefny, whose body was found near the river. The attack killed four and wounded three. 16 homes and shops were torched, including the home of a Coptic family who are accused of being involved in the killing of the Muslim man. Police and ambulances were sent to the village as hundreds of scared Coptic inhabitants left the village. One of the villagers said that the dead Muslim was not killed by Copts but by Muslims in order to cause sedition and force Christians to leave the village.

Muslims have continued terrorizing Christians. On July 3rd, in the village of Delga in Deir Mawas, Minya Province, which has a population over 65,000, the services building of the Coptic Catholic Church of St. Georges was looted and torched, and the El-Saleh Church in Delga was heavily fired at. The villagers had their homes and businesses looted and torched. Most of the Copts, the majority in Delga, left their homes in fear. Two Christians were wounded from the fires.

http://www.aina.org/news/20130706133116.htm

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #252 on: July 15, 2013, 09:09:14 AM »


Egypt Christians face bloody backlash

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2013/07/15/penhaul-pkg-egypt-christians-under-attack.cnn.html

I like the atmosphere inside the church :angel: I like the Holy Water, I like the Frankincense, and I am confident one day the Turko-Arab occupiers of Egypt will be destroyed by them.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #253 on: July 15, 2013, 11:13:47 AM »
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and I am confident one day the Turko-Arab occupiers of Egypt will be converted by them.

Fixed that for you.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #254 on: July 15, 2013, 11:58:03 AM »
From EIPR: Sectarian incitement and attacks, 30 June to 9 July, 2013

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This pattern of Muslims storming the homes of Christians in the presence of security forces was observed elsewhere. The following people were killed:

1. Romani Nashi Habib, 38, stabbed and his throat cut.
2. Muharib Nashi Habib, 40, stabbed in the neck and skull fractures.
3. Rassem Tawadros Aqladios, 54, stabbed in the neck and beaten with clubs, causing skull fractures.
4. Emile Nessim Serufim, 40, skull lacerations.

The following people were injured:

1. Milad al-Amir Nessim, 25, stabbed and beaten with clubs.
2. Boulos Zaki Youssef, 50, shot four times in the arm and stomach.
3. Fadi Asaad Abdullah, 30, beaten with clubs.
4. Eid Edward Ayoub, 36, beaten with clubs.
5. Safwat Samir Ayoub, 36, beaten with clubs.

The homes of several local Copts were robbed and set on fire, which consumed the remaining contents, while several other empty Christian homes were looted. Fire trucks and ambulances were prevented from entering the village, and the dead and wounded were taken away in police vehicles. The attached appendix details the extent of damage done to the 21 homes that were attacked.


http://eipr.org/en/pressrelease/2013/07/15/1765
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #255 on: July 18, 2013, 12:12:01 PM »
BBC News - Coptic Catholic church destroyed by Egypt looters

http://youtu.be/9q-FM4bIC-4


related article:

Christians attacked in wake of Egyptian upheaval
Published: 14 July 2013
By: Zenit

http://www.catholicleader.com.au/news.php/world-news/christians-attacked-in-wake-of-egyptian-upheaval_85655
« Last Edit: July 18, 2013, 12:15:22 PM by CoptoGeek »
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #256 on: July 23, 2013, 08:01:00 PM »
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are taking notice of what is happening:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/23/us-egypt-protests-christians-idUSBRE96M0WZ20130723

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #257 on: July 24, 2013, 09:35:35 AM »
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are taking notice of what is happening:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/23/us-egypt-protests-christians-idUSBRE96M0WZ20130723

Dear Salpy, I personally prefer if these two satanic organizations keep quite when it comes to persecution of Christians. Where have they been all this time? They begun speaking about the current wave of persecution because they want to see their maddog Mursi back in power.

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #258 on: July 24, 2013, 08:17:43 PM »
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are taking notice of what is happening:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/23/us-egypt-protests-christians-idUSBRE96M0WZ20130723

Dear Salpy, I personally prefer if these two satanic organizations keep quite when it comes to persecution of Christians. Where have they been all this time? They begun speaking about the current wave of persecution because they want to see their maddog Mursi back in power.


Yes. The article is loaded with garbage such as "first democratically elected president" and "his ouster caused deep fissures". They fail to state the obvious which is that the Copts have been killed by the MB.
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #259 on: July 24, 2013, 09:31:42 PM »
Yeah, I was wondering about the timing of this, after ignoring the atrocities for so many years.

Too bad.   :(
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #260 on: July 26, 2013, 02:07:28 PM »
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Before Egypt's President Muhammad Morsi was ousted, April was one of the worst months for Christian Copts there. On April 5 near Cairo, when a longstanding feud between a Christian family and a Muslim family--based on male Muslims sexually harassing Christian girls--culminated in the violent deaths of six Christians, including two of the participants, a Christian and a Muslim, being set on fire, local Muslims went on another "collective punishment" spree. It resulted in the injury of at least 20 other Copts, an Evangelical church being set on fire, and an attack on a Coptic church, Two days later, after Copts had mourned their dead in the St. Mark Cathedral--Coptic Christianity's holiest site and home to the Coptic pope--Muslim mobs, who had waited outside, launched yet another attack--aided by state security forces. Eyewitnesses said as many as 40-50 tear gas canisters targeted the mourners, many of whom were women and children hiding in the cathedral. Two more Copts were killed and many dozens wounded as other officers stood by while the Muslim mob tried to destroy the cathedral.

On one Friday after prayers, the Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque in Cairo was turned into a "torture chamber" for Egyptians, many of whom were Christians, protesting the Muslim Brotherhood. One of the victims, Amir Ayad, a Christian, said he was severely beaten before being left for dead at the side of the road. He suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm, bleeding in his right eye and pellet wounds. Coptic Christian children, mostly boys, were targeted for kidnapping and held for ransom; one 6-year-old, after his family had paid the Muslim kidnapper, was killed. And a video appeared on Arabic-language websites showing a crowd of Muslims in Egypt assaulting and raping two Christian women on a crowded street and in broad daylight. Throughout, the women scream in terror as the men shout Islamic slogans such as "Allahu Akbar" "[Allah is Greater.] None of the many passersby intervenes in any way.

http://www.aina.org/news/20130726033625.htm

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #261 on: July 29, 2013, 06:47:52 PM »
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Muslim youth and security forces protected Al-Azraa and Anba Ebram churches from attacks by alleged Morsi supporters in Minya on Saturday, spokesperson of the archbishop of Mawas monastery Amgad Ezzat has told state-owned MENA agency.

"They threw molotov cocktails at Al-Azraa and Anba Ebram churches but were not able to break in as nearby Muslims and Christians were securing the churches," said Ishak Ibrahim, researcher at Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). He added that the protesters tried to storm in El-Eslah church but were prevented. "However, both El-Eslah church and an annex of the Catholic church were raided before, on 3 July," he said.


http://www.aina.org/news/20130729124907.htm

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #262 on: August 01, 2013, 08:31:00 AM »
Scapegoating the Copts
Islamist violence against Coptic Christians will undermine Egypt’s democratization.
By Girgis Naiem, July 31, 2013 4:00 AM

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Copts came under severe attack right after Morsi’s removal and continue to bear the brunt of violence and threats from the MB and other Islamist groups. As a result, numerous churches have decided it is no longer safe for them to hold regular worship services, Sunday school, and catechesis classes. In Minya governorate, the Holy Mass is now being broadcast on the Internet so the faithful won’t have to risk their lives praying in the churches. Elsewhere in Upper Egypt, liturgies finish by 7 a.m., and then for the rest of the day the churches are closed and put under guard. Death threats forced Pope Tawadros II to leave his seat at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo three weeks ago, and his whereabouts are now kept secret; the threats were issued because he attended a conference called by Egypt’s military to work out the country’s road map and because Copts had joined in the anti-Morsi protests.

The attacks that have terrorized the Copts have been carried out in various parts of the country and by various Islamist groups. On July 4, a building belonging to St. George’s Coptic Catholic Church in Delga, Minya, was attacked by MB supporters who hurled stones, opened fire, and threw Molotov cocktails; the building was burned to the ground. Another church in Delga, the Protestant Reformation church, was also attacked. In the Mediterranean coastal city of Marsa Matrouh, MB supporters tried to destroy the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary. They broke windows and burned the security room before soldiers chased them away. The next day, MB supporters attempted to storm Coptic Orthodox churches in Qena and Luxor. The police and military used tear gas to disperse them, leaving 13 injured.



http://m.nationalreview.com/article/354793/scapegoating-copts-girgis-naiem
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #263 on: August 03, 2013, 02:57:33 PM »
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Several Minya residents filed official complaints accusing supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi of attacking them and destroying their cars as they go to work in the morning and return back home.

Eyewitnesses said that Mursi's supporters forced the Copts of Nazlet Abid Village to suspend work in more than 400 white brick factories where most village residents work.

In Delga Village south of Minya, the houses of several Copts and village churches were attacked by stones during a pro-Mursi march Thursday night.


http://www.aina.org/news/20130803084508.htm

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #264 on: August 03, 2013, 04:12:11 PM »
Scapegoating the Copts
Islamist violence against Coptic Christians will undermine Egypt’s democratization.
By Girgis Naiem, July 31, 2013 4:00 AM

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Copts came under severe attack right after Morsi’s removal and continue to bear the brunt of violence and threats from the MB and other Islamist groups. As a result, numerous churches have decided it is no longer safe for them to hold regular worship services, Sunday school, and catechesis classes. In Minya governorate, the Holy Mass is now being broadcast on the Internet so the faithful won’t have to risk their lives praying in the churches. Elsewhere in Upper Egypt, liturgies finish by 7 a.m., and then for the rest of the day the churches are closed and put under guard. Death threats forced Pope Tawadros II to leave his seat at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo three weeks ago, and his whereabouts are now kept secret; the threats were issued because he attended a conference called by Egypt’s military to work out the country’s road map and because Copts had joined in the anti-Morsi protests.

The attacks that have terrorized the Copts have been carried out in various parts of the country and by various Islamist groups. On July 4, a building belonging to St. George’s Coptic Catholic Church in Delga, Minya, was attacked by MB supporters who hurled stones, opened fire, and threw Molotov cocktails; the building was burned to the ground. Another church in Delga, the Protestant Reformation church, was also attacked. In the Mediterranean coastal city of Marsa Matrouh, MB supporters tried to destroy the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary. They broke windows and burned the security room before soldiers chased them away. The next day, MB supporters attempted to storm Coptic Orthodox churches in Qena and Luxor. The police and military used tear gas to disperse them, leaving 13 injured.



http://m.nationalreview.com/article/354793/scapegoating-copts-girgis-naiem
The cowards can't take on the Muslim majority of those who rejected them, and so they have to take it out on the Copts.
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #265 on: August 04, 2013, 10:55:30 PM »
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Sectarian tension that erupted at a Coptic Christian's cafeteria on Saturday between the villages' Christians and Muslims escalated to both sides hurling stones and Molotov cocktails and firing shots at one another.

An eyewitness said that the confrontations led to the torching of seven residences, the destruction of five vehicles, a kiosk, a coffee shop, two supermarkets and a pharmacy.

All destroyed properties belonged to Coptic Christians who make up Egypt's largest minority - estimated at about ten percent.


http://allafrica.com/stories/201308040123.html?aa_source=sptlgt-grid?aa_source=sptlgt-grid

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #266 on: August 06, 2013, 11:45:42 AM »
From the attack referenced in Salpy's article above.

Video of the distruction of Coptic homes & businesses in Bani-Ahmad, a village near Al Minya in Upper Egypt.
http://youtu.be/NRGT-plrZjI
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #267 on: August 07, 2013, 07:19:37 PM »
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Hundreds of supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the ousted Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt, gathered in front of St. George Church in the Upper Egyptian city of Sohag last weekend and raised the black flag of Al-Qaeda over the church.

According to Coptic Solidarity, a U.S.-based Coptic human rights organization that cited a local Egyptian report in Shorouk News, the Islamists chanted that Egypt should be an "Islamic [state] despite [the wishes of] secularists." The church immediately closed its doors after the demonstration and prevented the entry or exit of its members.

Additionally, hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters surrounded a church in the Egyptian city of Girga to denounce Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros and his support for the interim military-backed government.

http://www.aina.org/news/20130807164811.htm

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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #268 on: August 08, 2013, 12:38:28 PM »
Egypt's coup puts fearful Christians in a corner
By HAMZA HENDAWI

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While Islamists are on the defensive in Cairo following the military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in Assiut and elsewhere in Egypt's deep south they are waging a stepped-up hate campaign, claiming the country's Christian minority somehow engineered Morsi's downfall.

"Tawadros is a dog," says a spray-painted insult, referring to Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of the Copts, as Egypt's Christians are called. Christian homes, stores and places of worship have been marked with large painted crosses.


http://news.yahoo.com/egypts-coup-puts-fearful-christians-corner-062553010.html
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Re: Persecution of Copts in Egypt
« Reply #269 on: August 12, 2013, 10:17:07 PM »
Several more incidents of violence against Copts in recent days, including a 10-year-old Coptic Evangelical girl who was shot dead after leaving church:

http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2013/08/coptic-christian-girl-shot-dead-in-egypt/
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