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Pakistan: 10-Year-Old Christian Girl Kidnapped And Forcibly Converted To Islam, Film Protesters Beat Bishop

09/29/2012 2 comments

Pakistan Christian Post – “A Pakistani Christian girl student of grade 6th named Aney daughter of Tariq, resident of Dhula Gujranwala, was kidnapped on September 4, 2012, on her way to school.

The Muslim kidnaper Haider Butt son of Mohammad Ijaz announced same day of September 4th that Aney has converted to Islam and married him with her free will.

The official age of marriage in Pakistan is 18 years when any one becomes officially adult while Islamic law in Pakistan sets that age of 16 but some Muslim sects perform marriages when girl is confirmed to have monthly periods.

According to informed sources in Aney kidnapping, forced conversion and Islamic marriage claim by Muslim kidnapper not fit because Aney was not having her monthly periods even.

Today a delegation of Christian-Muslim for peaceful solution met with Muslim of Dhula: Mr. Jamil Bhatti, Rev. Fr. Almas John, Babu Chand Ashiq, Shahzad Lawrence, Qari Mohammad Zahid, Qari Mohammad Akbar Nakishbandi and Qari Peer Mohammad Kasif

The area police are silent on this case of abduction and enforced conversion of minor Christian girl Aney Tariq.” Source – Pakistan Christian Post.

Pakistani Protestant Bishop Injured in Lahore – “Pakistan Christians are under attack from Islamic extremists angry at the film US-made film, The Innocence of Muslims. Following the attack on St. Paul’s church in Mardan, a bishop was assaulted, beaten and injured. Local sources of the Vatican news agency Fides report that protestant bishop Naeem Samuel of the Trinity Evangelical Church Prayer, was attacked yesterday as he was leaving church in Youhanaabad, a suburb of Lahore (Punjab province), where about 10,000 Christian families live.” Source – AGI.

Canada: Muslim Mother Stabbed Daughter In Attempted Honour Killing, ‘It’s Good For Your Good, Let Me Finish’

09/29/2012 3 comments

By Graeme Hamilton, National Post – “MONTREAL – For months, Bahar Ebrahimi had been rebelling against her parents, complaining their Afghan culture and Muslim religion were suffocating her. ‘I want to enjoy my life. I want to feel what the other ones feel,’ she told them, according to her mother’s statement to police.

It was June, 2010, Grand Prix weekend in downtown Montreal, and on two straight nights the 19-year-old stayed out past dawn against her parents’ wishes.

For her mother, Johra Kaleki, the behaviour confirmed that all her efforts to steer her eldest daughter on the right path had failed. ‘I felt like she would never be fixed,’ she told Sgt.-Det. Alexandre Bertrand in an interrogation video played Wednesday in Quebec Court.

As her crying husband spoke to Bahar in the basement of their Dorval home, Ms. Kaleki went upstairs and grabbed a large knife from the kitchen counter, the one she used to chop meat, she recounted. ‘I said, ‘This is the time.’ ‘

She hid the knife under her T-shirt, returned to the basement, and told her husband the problem would best be resolved between mother and daughter. ‘Just leave us alone for five minutes,’ she said she told him. ‘Don’t come until I call you.’

He left and she cuddled her first-born and told her to lie on her stomach so she could give her a back massage. ‘Then I stab her, stab her neck,’ she confessed. ‘She said, ‘No Mom!’ I said, ‘It’s for your good. Let me finish.’’

Earlier in the interrogation, Sgt.-Det. Bertrand has asked whether the knife blade was sharp. ‘No, it wasn’t,’ she replied. ‘I wish it was. I wanted to give her the peace that she needed.’

Bahar survived the attack, suffering serious knife wounds to her head and shoulder. Ms. Kaleki, 40, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and illegal use of a weapon.

Her husband, alerted by Bahar’s screams, rushed downstairs and grabbed the knife from Ms. Kaleki, the court heard. ‘I said to my husband, let me finish her.’’ She tried to choke her daughter, she said, and after Bahar escaped, she chased her upstairs and tried to break down the locked door to the bedroom where she was calling 911.

She was arrested, and after being treated in hospital for a knife wound on her own arm, she told her story to Sgt.-Det. Bertrand.” Read more.

Mali’s Sharia Nightmare: Public Floggings, Beatings, Group Amputations, Death By Stoning …

09/29/2012 1 comment

Qur’an Sura 48:29, “Mohammed is [Allah’s] apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.”

By Frank Crimi – “The Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith), along with its other Islamist and al-Qaeda allies, is creating a terrifying Sharia-run state in northern Mali, complete with public floggings, group amputations, and death by stoning.

Ansar Dine, along with the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), first gained control over northern Mali in April after it commandeered a rebellion originally launched by ethnic Tuareg separatists against the Mali government.

Since then, as part of their consolidation of power in the region — an area roughly the size of Texas — the Islamist Ansar Dine and Mujao have been busily imposing Sharia law in the towns and cities of northern Mali, including the region’s largest cities of Timbuktu, Kidal, and Gao.

To that end, the Islamists have issued edicts against a wide range of acts they deem to be ‘haraam’ (forbidden), behaviors such as smoking or selling cigarettes; drinking or selling alcoholic beverages; listening to music; failing to attend daily prayers; or women failing to cover themselves appropriately.

For those unfortunate enough to run afoul of these restrictions, the punishments are exceedingly harsh, punitive measures which include public beatings, floggings, amputations, and summary executions, such as death by stoning.

Carrying out the punishments are designated Islamic police, assisted in their tasks by a growing cadre of child soldiers, some as young as 11, who have been recruited into the Islamist ranks to serve as spies, guards, cooks and patrol officers.

For some, punishment is extra judicial, swift and on the spot, with men and women taken directly off the streets by the Islamic police and whipped and beaten in marketplaces and in public squares, beatings which are often administered by the child soldiers.” Read more.

Flashback: Mali: 200,000 Christians Flee Country To Escape Islamic Persecution As Islamists Impose Sharia Law – “In the Northern part of the African nation of Mali, a refugee crisis is quickly escalating. The front page of the Vatican newspaper expressed concern over the gravity of the situation. It noted that many of the refugees were Christians that were trying to escape persecution from a version of Sharia law that has been imposed in parts of the country by a group known as the ‘Ansar Dine’ movement. The Algerian newspaper El Khabar has reported that some 200,000 people have fled to refugee camps in Mauritania and Algeria.” Read more.

Flashback: Mali: Christian Leader Beheaded as Islamists Terrorize Country, Create List of All Christians They Intend to Execute by Beheading – “A Christian leader has been beheaded and others are being threatened with similar treatment as Islamic militants run amok in Mali, West Africa. Christians have fled the town of Timbuktu in the north of the country where harsh Sharia Law has already been imposed amid reports that churches in Gao, 200 miles to the east, have been completely destroyed… ‘We have escaped in the wake of horrible death threats as the Islamists have a list of all the Christians in Timbuktu whom they intend to execute by beheading.’” Read more.

Flashback: Mali: 4.6 Million People Face Starvation Following Islamist Advances In The North – “War is not the only reason why at least 340,000 people have fled their homes since gunmen loyal to ‘al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’ (AQIM), along with rebels from the local Tuareg tribe, began their advance across northern Mali in January. A desperate shortage of food is also taking hold in this arid Saharan region. More than 1.6 million people in northern Mali are in a ‘situation of severe, close to extreme, food insecurity,’ according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.” Read more.

David Wood On ‘Don’t Make Fun Of Mohammed’

09/28/2012 3 comments

One need not ridicule and insult Mohammed themselves when Islam’s own trusted sources already does it for them …

Egypt: Child Preacher Calls For Jihad To Retake Jerusalem, It Is ‘Being Held Captive By The Brothers Of The Apes And Pigs’

09/28/2012 2 comments

Zechariah 12:2-3a, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [and] against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces …”

Egyptian Child Preacher: “Oh Muslims, oh leaders of the Arabs, who convened for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… The procession of pure blood that was spilt on the land of Jerusalem must be clearly understood: We have resolved to raise this cause once again, but this time in a new color, the color of blood, the water of honor, and the determination of he who marches towards Paradise. The master of rhymed prose, Al-Qarni, once said: We were visited by a man from Palestine. He sat down in the dirt. We said: Why don’t you take a proper seat? He said: How could I possibly have a seat, while Jerusalem is being held captive by the brothers of the apes and pigs? We asked if he was carrying a message from Jerusalem. He said: No, but I have a question from Jerusalem in need of an answer. Jerusalem is calling: Where are the real men? Where are the descendents of (the Prophet’s companions) Khaled, Sa’d, and Bilal? Where are the heroes of war? Where are the lions of battle? Where are those who memorized the suras of Tauba and Anfal (about Jihad)?”

Egypt: ‘Unknown People’ Attack Largest Evangelical Church In Middle East With Stones And Gas Bombs, Police Do Nothing

09/28/2012 2 comments

By Raymond Ibrahim, Jihad Watch – “According to Al Masry Al Youm, Kasr El-Dobara, the largest evangelical church in the Middle East, located in Egypt, was recently besieged by ‘unknown people’ hurling ‘stones and gas bombs.’ The first gas bomb thrown at the church Thursday afternoon, September 13, was signaled as an error by police, but it was soon followed by other bomb attacks, which went into midnight and early Friday. Worshippers locked themselves inside the church and put on masks to avoid gas poisoning.

Some of those trapped inside looked for help by trying to contact politicians, journalists, and even the ‘moderate’ Muslim Brotherhood. All the latter did was announce on TV that the attackers were not members of the Muslim Brotherhood. After the besiegers left and the trapped Christians finally came out, not a single police or security agent to counter the attacks or protect the church could be found.” Source – Jihad Watch.

Flashback: Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi Says Christians Must Convert To Islam, Pay ‘Jizya’, Or Leave – ‘Conquest Is Coming’ – “… Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will ‘achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,’ the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute… ‘They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic …’” Read more.

Flashback: Egyptian Cleric and Former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood: ‘To Hell With Anyone Who Does Not Accept Islamic Rule’ – “Egyptian Cleric and Former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood: ‘To hell with anyone who does not accept the Islamic rule that the people want. Why? … We are a people who talk about democracy and the rule of the people … They elected Dr. Morsi for the cultural enterprise that he declared, which is based upon Islam. … I don’t want to beat around the bush. I’m a straightforward man. When Morsi presented his cultural enterprise for the revival of Egypt, he did so from an Islamic perspective, not a secular one.’” Watch video.

Australia: Muslim Immigrants Five Times More Likely to Commit Crimes Than Other Australians

09/28/2012 1 comment

Revelation 9:21, “And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright

By Daniel Greenfield – “According to the Victorial Police Commissioner

Sudanese and Somali-born Victorians are about five times more likely to commit crimes than the wider community, a trend that must be addressed to prevent Cronulla-style social unrest, police warn. The most common crimes committed by Somali and Sudanese-born Victorians are assault and robbery illustrating the trend towards increasingly violent robberies by disaffected African youths.

Are they mugging Australians because they are ‘disaffected’ or because they make money that way?

‘Property is one of the issues, so they’re stealing iPhones or money or things of value,’ Mr Cartwright said.

Apparently their disaffection takes the specific form of stealing iPhones. How oddly specific.

‘We’ve got to fix this now and make sure it doesn’t continue, so the kids who are now 10 years old aren’t in this offender bracket in five years’ time. So we don’t get the Cronullas happening,’ Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright said.

There is a slightly simpler fix, stop admitting Sudanese and Somali Muslims into Australia and let their crime statistics be a problem for back home. And while we’re at it, why not retune the immigration system so that it admits those categories of immigrants from groups with the lowest violent crime rates?

The police statistics show the rate of offending among the Sudanese community is 7109.1 per 100,000, while for Somali people it is 6141.8 per 100,000. The figure for the wider community is 1301.0 per 100,000.

That’s a 5-10 percent rate of crime in those communities alone. Why would you go on admitting people who are 5-10 percent likely to mug you as soon as they get off the plane?

Would you allow someone who is 5-10 percent statistically likely to assault you into your house, and if you wouldn’t, then why would you let him into your country?

Naturally this sort of honesty wouldn’t pass and Cartwright is already apologizing for having mentioned that there is even a problem.” Source – FrontPageMag.com.

Sweden: Explosion Rocks Malmo Jewish Centre

09/28/2012 2 comments

The Local – “Police were called out early on Friday morning after loud bangs were heard near the Jewish community centre in Malmö, southern Sweden.

‘There as been an explosion. Something has detonated – we are certain of that,’ said police officer Erik Liljenström to local paper Sydsvenskan early on Friday morning.

The police received a call shortly after 1am. Witnesses said they had heard loud blasts near the centre some 15 minutes earlier.

When police arrived at the scene they soon established that there had been some sort of explosion and that someone had tried to smash in the door.

There were loose paving stones lying among shards of shattered glass in front of the entrance, according to the paper.

While damage had been done to the front door, the building had not been damaged in any other way as far as the police could see, but according to witness statements the blasts were heard a few blocks away.

‘I’m shocked that it’s happened now; that it’s happened at all. Jewish institutions are under constant threat, but we haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary recently,’ Fred Kahn, head of the Jewish community in Malmö, told the TT news agency on Friday morning.” Read more.

Perpetrator Of Anti-Semitic Attacks In Malmo Are Often Muslim Immigrants – “Frustration has been building in Malmo since 2009, when Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza sparked anti-Israel and anti-Semitic demonstrations in the city, leaving Jews with the feeling that they were under threat and without sufficient protection from the authorities. When Israeli tennis players showed up that year to compete in the Davis Cup, which Malmo was hosting, anti-Israel protests erupted and quickly morphed into violent, anti-Semitic riots. Some 50 to 100 anti-Semitic incidents occur in the city annually, according to police and community statistics. Many of the perpetrators are first- and second-generation Muslim immigrants, who make up 30 to 40 percent of Malmo’s population of 300,000.” Read more.

Flashback: Losing Malmo: Sweden Surrenders Their Third Largest City … to Muslims – “Do you remember the jihadist terror campaign that ravaged Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city? Do you recall the bombings, the suicide-hijackings, and the random assassinations that finally coerced the city to surrender to Islamization? No? Funny, I don’t remember them either. Yet there is no question that Malmo has surrendered. Large enclaves of the city, like similar enclaves throughout Western Europe, have earned the dread label ‘no-go zone.’ They are unsafe for non-Muslims, particularly women who do not conform to Islamist conventions of dress and social interaction. They are especially perilous for police, firefighters, and emergency-medical technicians.” Read more.

Flashback: Sweden: Wave of Violence and Shootings in Malmo Puzzles Swedish Police – “A new wave of execution-style shootings in Sweden’s third largest city has left police puzzled, raising concerns that Malmo has become a magnet for gang-related killings. On Thursday dozens of police took to the streets in the southern Swedish city of 250,000 to try calm the public and to collect tips about the attacks, which come only a year after a suspected serial shooter was arrested there. ‘We’ve never experienced anything like this before. It’s exceptional that there have been so many murders in such a short period of time,’ police spokesman Lars-Hakan Lindholm said.” Read more.

Michigan: Islamic Leaders In Dearborn Plan To Exercise Their Right To Free Speech To Protest Against … Free Speech

09/28/2012 6 comments

I can almost hear them now: “How dare people abuse freedom of speech and freedom of expression to speak out against someone’s religious faith… Death to Jews and Christians! Islam will rule America!” …

By AWR Hawkins, Breitbart – “Islamic leaders in Dearborn, Mich. are holding a rally this Friday night to build momentum for the passage of laws that prohibit speech or expression that hurts ‘the religious feelings of Muslims.’

Put together in response to the film ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ rally organizer Tarek Baydoun said, ‘We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to sow the seeds of hate and discord against the religious beliefs of others.’ Rally co-organizer Osama Siblani added, ‘There is a need for deterrent legal measures against those individuals or groups that want to damage relations between people, spread hate and incite violence.’

In other words, it appears one of the goals of the rally will be the eventual creation of blasphemy laws: laws that would reflect an international movement toward banning speech that is critical of Islam or Mohammed.

Ironically, this rally comes at a time when hate crimes toward Muslims in America have dropped more 50% in the last ten years. For example, in 2001 hate crimes against Muslims constituted approximately 28% of all such crimes in America, but in 2010 that category of crime against Muslims only constituted 12.7%.

This drop in crime was not due to blasphemy laws or other curbs on free speech.” Source – Breitbart.

Flashback: New Study Shows That 80% of Mosques in America Teach Jihad Violence and Islamic Supremacism – “… Then there was the Center for Religious Freedom’s 2005 study, and the Mapping Sharia Project’s 2008 study. Each independently showed that upwards of 80% of mosques in America were preaching hatred of Jews and Christians and the necessity ultimately to impose Islamic rule. And now comes yet more confirmation that mosques in the U.S. are teaching these things, and again the percentage is remarkably similar: around 80% of mosques are found to be teaching jihad warfare and Islamic supremacism.” Read more.

Egypt’s Islamist President Warns World: ‘We Will Not Allow Anyone’ To Insult Islam ‘By Word Or Deed’

09/28/2012 1 comment

Watch out world, if you’re not walking on egg shells when it comes to Allah, his “prophet” Mohammed, his Qur’an and anything and everything to do with his religion, then President “death-in-the-name-of-Allah” Morsi might get angry. So be sure to “work together” and “join hands” with your friendly neighborhood “I-am-forbidden-from-being-your-friend” Islamist as you both walk across the Isles of Irony in an effort to confront “regressive ideas” …

Qur’an Sura 5:51, “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

James 1:26, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.”

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – “In his speech to the United Nations on Wednesday, Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi condemned ‘insults hurled on the prophet of Islam, Mohammed,’ and said the United Nations must do something about it.

‘We reject this. We cannot accept it,’ he said, speaking of insults to Islam. ‘And we will be the opponents of those who do this. We will not allow anyone to do this by word or deed.’

The warning that ‘We will not allow anyone to do this’ was spoken through a translator and did not appear in the prepared text of Morsi’s speech.

Mentioning ‘an organized campaign against Islamic sanctities,’ Morsi said the U.N. has a ‘main responsibility’ in addressing Islamophobia, which ‘is starting to have implications that clearly affect international peace and security.’

‘We all have to work together,’ Morsi said. ‘We must join hands in confronting these regressive ideas that hinder cooperation among us. We must move together to confront extremism and discrimination and incitement to hatred on the basis of religion or race.'” Read more.

Egyptian President Asks Egyptian Consulate to Monitor Case Against Anti-Israel Activist In New York – “President Mohamed Morsy asked Yousef Zada, Egypt’s consul general in New York, to closely follow the case of Egyptian-American journalist and human rights activist Mona Eltahawy, who was arrested in New York City on Tuesday… Eltahawy was arrested for vandalising a pro-Israel ad in a subway station at Times Square, while another woman who supported the billboard’s content, Pamela Hall, was standing against the wall to prevent her from doing so. The journalist was arrested while spraying pink paint over the phrase, ‘In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad.’ Eltahawy has been released on bail.” Read more.

Pakistan: 16-Year-Old Christian Girl Gang Raped For Hours By Muslims

09/27/2012 3 comments

By Shafique Khokhar, AsiaNews – “Faisalabad (AsiaNews) – A new case of gang rape against a Christian minor in Pakistan. The rape occurred in broad daylight, for hours, in a private home where three young Muslims – all under 30 – abused a defenseless girl. A story, Fr. Bonnie Mendes tells AsiaNews that demonstrates ‘the powerlessness of the poor in Pakistan,’ which is reflected ‘in all its evidence in events such as the sexual abuse of Shumaila’ which took place on September 20 last, but has only now been revealed by the press. A story similar to that which occurred Sept. 4 – again in Faisalabad – when a 60 year old Muslim merchant has raped a Christian girl of 10. These episodes confirm the increase of attacks against children in Punjab, as evidenced by a survey carried out by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), covering the first five months of 2012, which documents 122 cases of violations in the province: among these, at least 40 sexual, 14 murders, 22 kidnappings, 14 corporal punishment, six forced marriages and 13 deaths due to lack of basic medical care.

Shumaila Masih, a native of Chak 226, Samundari, in the district of Faisalabad (Punjab), is the oldest of four children of a poor Christian family. On the morning of September 20 the girl was headed to the house of a wealthy Muslim, where her mother worked as a maid, to warn of sudden visit by some guests. On the way she met three young Muslims – Iftikhar Hussain 27, Shahid Munir and Muhammad Imran both 30 – who tried at first to persuade her to go with them. At her refusal, the three took her by force and locked her up in the house of Iftikhar Hussain, taking turns raping her for hours. The attack took place at 11 am, in broad daylight, but no one intervened to save Shumaila, despite the desperate cries and pleas for help. At about 5 pm the father Manzoor Masih, along with two cousins, began searching for the girl when she failed to return home. Arriving close to the house where she was being held they heard her cries. At the sight of the men, the three young Muslims fled, leaving Shumaila naked and in pain on the bed.” Read more.

Flashback: Pakistan: Study: 74% of Women From Minority Communities Suffer Sexual Harassment – “Around 74 percent of Pakistani women from minority communities — Christians and Hindus — were sexually harassed, while 43 percent faced religious discrimination at workplaces in 2010 and 2011, a study said. Around 27 percent of minority women faced discrimination in admission to educational institutions and were forced to take Islamic studies for absence of any alternative subject, said National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) executive director Peter Jacob.” Read more.

Flashback: Pakistan: Increasing Number Of Christian Girls Kidnapped By Muslims, Raped, Forced To Convert To Islam – “For the last several years there has been an alarming increase in the kidnapping and false conversion of Christian girls. According to a report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), last year 1800 Christian and Hindu girls were forcibly converted to Islam. The police hardly registered any cases against the Muslim kidnappers and sometimes even supported them. On some occasions courts even used Islamic laws in favour of the perpetrators. This is a growing problem for Christians and Hindus and CLAAS has raised its concerns with the Pakistani government, but unfortunately it has fallen on deaf ears.” Read more.

Egypt: Christian Families Forced To Flee Sinai Town After Threats From Islamic Militants

09/27/2012 6 comments

Associated Press – “CAIRO — Coptic Christian families have fled their homes in a town in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, fearing for their lives after receiving death threats from suspected Islamic militants, a local priest said Thursday.

Father Youssef Sobhi said that Islamic militants dropped leaflets on the doorsteps of shops owned by Copts in the city of Rafah near the border with Gaza and Israel, ordering them to leave town within 48 hours and making an implicit warning of violence if they failed to do so. Two days later, masked militants on a motorcycle opened fire on one of the shops before speeding off, Sobhi said. No one was hurt in the shooting.

When Christians met Tuesday with the province’s top government official, who was recently appointed by Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, the governor promised to facilitate the Copts’ move to the nearby city of el-Arish but did not offer to protect the community to ensure that it stayed in Rafah, according to the priest.

‘I was shocked at the governor’s response,’ Sobhi said. ‘This is simply displacement by the government’s consent.’

An Egyptian intelligence official confirmed that a number of Coptic families had fled Rafah because of a militant threat. Another security official denied the reports and said that no Christians were forced to leave. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.

It was not exactly clear how many Christians have left the town, but Sobhi said that the number of Copts in Rafah had dwindled from 14 families to two since the uprising that pushed longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power in February 2011.

A first wave left Rafah after the only church in the town, The Holy Family Church, was looted, torched and destroyed in several militant attacks over the past year. The church is built on the site where Christians believe the Holy Family first stopped to rest after crossing into Egypt.” Read more.

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