Archive for April, 2013

New York: Muslim Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Plotting To Blow Up Synagogues

04/30/2013 2 comments

For peaceful purpo… wait, only five years for plotting to blow up multiple synagogues in order to create chaos, kill and intimidate as many Jews as possible? Apparently the judge overseeing the case believes that the aspiring Islamic terrorist “learned his lesson.” I have to agree. The would-be terrorist learned that the next time he conspires to sow death and destruction, don’t get caught …

By Shayna Jacobs, New York Daily News – “A Moroccan national who plotted to blow up Manhattan synagogues was sentenced to five years in prison Friday.

Mohamed Mamdouh, 22, copped to three crimes under state terror laws on Feb. 28 in exchange for a five year prison sentence, plus three years of post-release supervision.

Prosecutors said Mamdouh and ‘mastermind’ Ahmed Ferhani — busted on May 11, 2011 — discussed dressing as observant Jews to infiltrate synagogues and tried to buy weapons to arm themselves for ‘the cause.’

‘His case has been about bringing to justice two men, angry at what they perceived as the unjust treatment of Muslims in the world, who spoke of their hatred for Jews, and plotted to attack synagogues in New York City using explosives,’ prosecutor Gary Galperin said at Mamdouh’s sentencing.

‘Their intent was to create chaos and to intimidate and coerce Jews living in New York City, and thereby send a message far beyond New York,’ he added.

Ferhani at one point said he wanted to attack 10 synagogues.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus pointed to the gravity of the bomb plot at Friday’s sentencing.

‘The conduct contemplated is well beyond what can possibly be tolerated in a civilized society,’ Obus said.

But the judge suggested the young would-be terrorist learned his lesson.” Read more.

Categories: Radical Islam

New Video Shows Police Assisting Muslims During Violent Attack Against Christian Mourners In Egypt

04/30/2013 1 comment

Here’s an update on this story. President Morsi definitely meant what he said: The Islamic conquest of Christians in Egypt is well under way …

American Thinker – “‘At least one person died and more than 80 were injured in this incident. Alicia Ludwig, editor of the Mideast Christian Views News Agency, first obtained this video and appeared on America Live today. She said the Interior Ministry in Egypt tried to blame Coptic protesters for attacking Central Security Forces.

The footage tells a different story. It shows attackers throwing Molotov cocktails and tear gas at the crowd that was there attending a funeral.

Ludwig said the violence against Christians has increased since Egypt’s 2011 revolution and the election of a Muslim Brotherhood president.’

New video out of Egypt shows Christians being attacked at the country’s biggest church. The footage appears to show police officers standing by as several attackers launch a deadly assault on worshipers. In different video of the same incident, a police officer appears to be helping a man who prepares to attack a courtyard full of mourners.” Source – American Thinker.

UK: Six Muslim Men Admit Planning To Bomb English Defence League Rally

04/30/2013 1 comment

For peaceful purposes …

Qur’an Sura 3:110, “Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind …”

Qur’an Sura 3:110, “Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind …”

BBC – “Six men from the West Midlands have pleaded guilty to planning to bomb an English Defence League rally.

Omar Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Jewel Uddin admitted preparing an act of terrorism. All six will be sentenced on 6 June.

Five of them took a homemade bomb to an EDL rally in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, last June but arrived after it ended.

They were caught after their car was stopped and found to have no insurance.

Police and security services had no intelligence about the planned attack, although one of the would-be killers, Jewel Uddin, was under surveillance in relation to another terror plan.

After the hearing at Woolwich Crown Court, Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Marcus Beale said: “Their capability was clear.

‘They created devices that would have certainly maimed and possibly killed people depending on how close they were.

‘Their intent was very, very clear. In my view they were very dangerous.’

Tommy Robinson, aka Stephen Lennon, leader of the EDL, said he welcomed the convictions.” Read more.

UK: Three More Muslim Men Sentenced To Prison For Preparing Acts Of Terrorism – “Three British men, including an ex-police community support officer and a Muslim convert, have been jailed for preparing acts of terrorism. Richard Dart was jailed for six years, Imran Mahmood received nine years and nine months and Jahangir Alom was jailed for four years and six months. The London-based trio, who pleaded guilty in March, discussed targeting the town of Royal Wootton Bassett.” Read more.

UK: 11 Muslim Men Planning ‘Another 9/11′ On British Soil Can’t Stop Laughing In Court – “A home-grown terror gang facing life in jail for plotting ‘another 9/11’ were today ordered to ‘stay quiet’ by a crown court judge as they laughed and joked in the dock while awaiting sentence. The 11 men, all from Birmingham, were ordered to be silent by Mr Justice Henriques at Woolwich Crown Court in south-east London and did not appear fazed by their impending prison sentences.” Read more.

UK: Muslim Council Worker Jailed After Being Found With 352 Discs Containing Terror Material And Beheading Footage – “A council worker who was found with 352 computer discs containing terrorist material, including footage of executions and the 9/11 attacks, was today jailed for two years. London Borough of Hackney revenue officer Khalid Baqa, 48, also used his work computer to watch the footage and trawl Islamic websites. He stashed the discs – which contained 26 hours of speeches by the hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki – in his car and his children’s bedroom.” Read more.

Categories: Radical Islam

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinians Who Kill Jews Cannot Be Punished

04/30/2013 3 comments

Because to punish Palestinians for killing Jews would, in their mind, be punishing someone simply for following the commands of their “prophet” Mohammed. He was, after all, a “perfect example for mankind” to follow whose teachings are “the fire with which” they “harvest the skulls of the Jews.” It is therefore an act of worship to kill Jews, and an act that draws them closer to “Allah” is an act that must be praised, not punished …

Hadith, Tabari 7:97, “The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, ‘Kill any Jew who falls under your power.’”

Qur’an Sura 33:21, “Indeed in Allah’s Messenger (Mohammad) you have an excellent example to follow for him who hopes in (meeting with) Allah and the Last Day…”

By Ryan Jones, Israel Today – “Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, hailed the world over as a ‘moderate,’ again insisted last week that Palestinian Arabs who murder Israeli Jews cannot be punished for their crimes.

Abbas was hosting a two-day ‘Freedom and Dignity’ conference in Ramallah to mark the 11th anniversary of Israel’s arrest of Marwan Barghouti, a senior member of Abbas’ own Fatah party who was convicted of directing numerous terrorist attacks against Israelis.

Polls show that a vast majority of Palestinians want to elect Barghouti as their president, if he is [ever] freed by Israel.

At the event, Abbas declared that whether or not Israel frees the thousands of jailed Palestinian terrorists will determine its true commitment to peace.

Many of the Palestinians jailed by Israel took part in attacks that killed innocent Jewish men, women and children. And most of the rest were captured while trying to do so.

According to Abbas, these killers and would-be killers must not be held accountable for their crimes. After all, they were only trying to kill Jews.” Read more.

Flashback: Hamas: Killing Jews Is Worship That Draws Us Close To Allah – “The summation of the Law of YHWH — the One True God of the Bible — hangs upon loving the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength and loving your neighbor as yourself. The summation of the law of Allah, however, is not hung upon love. It is hung upon the inherent hatred of the God of Israel, and the desired destruction of the Israel of God …” Read more.

Flashback: The Prophet’s Teachings Are The Fire With Which ‘We Harvest The Skulls Of The Jews’; ‘We Move Closer To Allah Through Blood, Body Parts, And Martyrs’ – “Praise be to you, our Lord. You have made our killing of the Jews an act of worship, through which we come closer to you… Allah’s prayers upon you, our beloved Prophet (Muhammed). You have made your teachings into constitutions for us – the light with which we dissipate the darkness of the occupation, and the fire with which we harvest the skulls of the Jews.” Watch video.

Pentagon’s Top Brass Crush Career Of Army Officer Who Warned Of Jihadists

04/30/2013 1 comment

The false prophet would be proud …

By Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times – “The Pentagon’s top brass has dealt another blow to a decorated Army officer who was fired last year as a war college instructor because of his teachings about radical Islam, his attorney told The Washington Times.

A four-star general’s rejection of Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley for consideration for command of a combat battalion likely means the end of a promising Army career of an armor officer who was decorated for valor in Iraq and received glowing evaluations.

Last year, Col. Dooley underwent an Army command selection board review after he was transferred from the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., to a weapons integration unit at Fort Eustis, Va.

The review board, comprising three generals and two colonels, voted to keep Col. Dooley as a candidate for battalion commander, his attorney, Richard Thompson, told The Times.

The board, however, was overruled by Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, then the Army’s vice chief and now chief of U.S. Central Command. He ordered Col. Dooley’s name removed from the candidates list, said Mr. Thompson, who added that he had read the ‘official use only’ memo.

News of Col. Dooley’s setback has emerged as some researchers of radical Islam are criticizing the Obama administration for downplaying the Islamic connection in a string of attempted and successful terrorist attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.

Mr. Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center in Michigan, said the blame for Col. Dooley’s treatment ultimately belongs to ArmyGen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Dempsey publicly condemned Col. Dooley’s teachings and set into motion investigations that resulted in his firing.

‘When he entered West Point, Matt Dooley’s ultimate goal was to one day command a battalion,’ Mr. Thompson said. ‘But after 18 years of hard work, family sacrifice, six deployments and outstanding officer evaluations, Matt’s dream was shattered by Gen. Dempsey.

‘Yet, despite Gen. Dempsey’s personal attacks on LTC Dooley, a command review board consisting of generals and colonels voted to retain LTC Dooley on the list for battalion command. But political correctness once again dominated the Pentagon. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff, directed that LTC Dooley’s name be removed from the Command List. Sadly, a principle of leadership — loyalty to the men who are loyal to you — is once again ignored. And violation of that principle in this case not only results in a miscarriage of justice to a loyal and patriotic officer, but deprives our nation of a proven combat commander.’

The Times asked Army public affairs for comment but received no response.” Read more.

Categories: Radical Islam

Saudi Arabia: Prominent Religious Leader Calls For Slavery To Be Legalized Once Again Because ‘Slavery Is A Part Of Islam’

04/29/2013 11 comments

You can rape and torture slaves, and even kill as many Jews and Christians as your pious heart desires, but whatever you do please avoid flying kites, hurting frogs or looking at the letter X. And please, for the sake of the children, avoid samosas, tomatoes and Chevrolets

By Jerrold L. Sobel, American Thinker – “Slavery is explicitly permitted in the Koran.  Recently Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, a prominent Saudi religious leader called for slavery to be re-legalized throughout the kingdom.  According to the Sheik, a member of the Senior Council of Clerics:  ‘Slavery is a part of Islam.  Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam.’

In thought and deed this way of thinking is common throughout the Islamic world.  Abu Ishaq al-Huwanini, an Egyptian Cleric proudly proclaims he wishes to apply the ancient Shar’i code of enslaving populations which refuse to pay the jizia (poll tax) or converting to Islam when defeated at the hands of a Muslim nation.  He states:  ‘When I want a sex slave, I go to the market and pick whichever female I desire and buy her’

Why such dastardly remarks and proof of such practices are discounted by those so quick to chastise Israel is perplexing to say the least.  A segment of the Jewish population, particularly on campuses throughout the world, denounces Israel as an apartheid state while ignoring the very real practice of Islamic slavery and the endemic degradation of women which exists to this very day; most egregiously throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Perhaps, unfortunate to say, slavery is almost discounted in the Arab Middle East, and recognition of it in today’s politically correct world is muted at best.  But one would think the widespread Muslim enslavement of native black people throughout Africa would be a cause célèbre amongst the self-proclaimed intelligentsia.  It simply isn’t.

How many people have heard the story of Moulkheir Mint Yarba?  Very few if any I assume.  According to a CNN story written by John D. Sutter, Moulkheir Mint Yarba is a woman born into slavery in the West African, Islamic nation of Mauritania.  A country in which modern slavery is more prevalent than anywhere else in the world.

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Sweden: Stockholm Bows Down To Allah, Allows Broadcast Of Islamic Call To Prayer Over Loudspeakers For The First Time Ever

04/29/2013 15 comments

The Swedish city of Malmo surrendered to Muslims, now Stockholm bows down to their god. Placating to an ideology that hates all things non-Islamic will not stem the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Sweden. It will not eliminate attacks against converts to Christianity. It will not bring about a swift end to Islamic cruelty and terrorism and “rape jihad.” It will do nothing but encourage more of this behavior, for the Ummah will not settle with just one mosque broadcasting the Islamic call to prayer. They will not settle for just one city. They will not settle for just one nation. They will not settle until every country and city and mosque in Europe proclaims loud and clear that “there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger” …

By Cynthia Yacowar-Sweeney, American Thinker – “Calls to summon Muslims to prayer were broadcast over loudspeakers for the first time ever in Sweden this past Friday on April 26th at the Fittja Mosque in the Stockholm municipality of Botkyrka.  The Islamic call to prayer (adhan), resonating from the towering 104-foot (32-meter) minaret, began with the ear-shattering ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah is Great) and was followed by the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith: ‘There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’.  Every Friday, people from as far as two kilometers away will be subjected to hear what U.S. President Obama called ‘one of the prettiest sounds on earth’.

This is what Swedes in the Stockholm municipality of Botkyrka will have to get used to, now that the decision rendered by the Botkyrka Municipal Assembly and authorized by the Botkyrka Police to approve the public call to worship, has taken effect.  Whether or not Swedes find it offensive, loud, or disruptive, they have no choice but to listen every Friday to the live three-to-five-minute amplified recitation of the Muslim declaration of faith that calls the people to come together and pray. To pray for what?

Has anyone ever wondered, or taken the time to understand what these prayers, to which Muslims are now being publicly called, are all about?  One of the Friday prayers consists of the seven verses of the opening chapter of the Koran, Al-Fatiha (The Beginning).  This prayer, which is repeated twice during Friday noon prayer, and repeated 17 times a day by religious Muslims, instills distrust of the non-believer by asking Allah to keep Muslims away from the path of the Jews and Christians:

Guide us to the Straight Way, the Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians).

According to Louis Palme who often writes on Muslim apostate websites, Friday prayers include recitation of two additional Koranic chapters, chapters 62 (Friday) and 63 (Hypocrites).  These chapters encourage hatred of not only Jews and Christians, but also of those who renounce their Muslim faith. Jews are compared to ‘the likeness of a donkey who carries huge burdens of books (but understands nothing from them)’ and are told to long for death if they pretend to be friends of Allah.  Non-believers (i.e., Christians, Hindus, Buddhists) are condemned to a state of error until Mohammed purifies them ‘from the filth of disbelief and polytheism’ with his verses.  Hypocrites or apostates ‘are the enemies so beware of them. May Allah curse them!’

The application to demand permission for the amplified call to prayer in Botkyrka was submitted in January 2012 by the President of the Botkyrka Islamic Cultural Association, Ismail Okur.  He convinced the majority of the Botkyrka Municipal Assembly members to concede to his demand after telling Swedish newspaper Dagen that ‘now we want to have religious freedom.’

Unbeknown to most council members, Islam does not allow religious freedom — according to the Koran (Medina chapters), the Read more…

The Death Of Churches In The Islamic World

04/29/2013 1 comment

The “religion of peace” has been the greatest mass murdering force in the history of humanity. And now history is something that Islamists are working all too hard to repeat once again …

Daniel 7:19-22, “Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows. I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.”

By Raymond Ibrahim, Human Events – “Christians throughout the Islamic world are under attack.  Unlike Muslim attacks on Christians, which are regularly confused with a myriad of social factors, the ongoing attacks on Christian churches in the Muslim world are perhaps the most visible expression of Christian persecution under Islam. In churches, Christians throughout the Islamic world are simply being Christians—peacefully and apolitically worshipping their God.  And yet modern day Muslim governments try to prevent them, Muslim mobs attack them, and Muslim jihadis massacre them.

To understand the nature of this perennial hostility, one must first examine Muslim doctrines concerning Christian churches; then look at how these teachings have manifested themselves in reality over the course of centuries; and finally  look at how modern day attacks on Christian churches mirror the attacks of history, often in identical patterns.   The continuity is undeniable.

Because tracing and documenting the treatment of churches across the thousands of miles of formerly Christian lands conquered by Islam is well beyond the purview of this study, a paradigm is needed.  Accordingly, an examination of the treatment of Christian churches in Egypt suffices as a model for understanding the fate of churches under Islamic dominion.   Indeed, as one of the oldest and largest Muslim nations, with one of the oldest and largest Christian populations, Egypt is the ultimate paragon for understanding all aspects of Christianity under Islam, both past and present.

Muslim Doctrine Concerning Churches

Sharia law is draconian if not hostile to Christian worship.  Consider the words of some of Islam’s most authoritative and classic jurists, the same ones revered today by Egypt’s Salafis.  According to Ibn Qayyim author of the multivolume Rules for the Dhimmis, it is ‘obligatory’ to destroy or convert into a mosque ‘every church’ both old and new that exists on lands that were taken by Muslims through force, for they ‘breed corruption.’  Even if Muslims are not sure whether one of ‘these things [churches] is old [pre-conquest] or new, it is better to err on the side of caution, treat it as new, and demolition it.’

Likewise, Ibn Taymiyya confirms that ‘the ulema of the Muslims from all four schools of law—Hanafi, Shafi‘i, Maliki, Hanbali, and others, including al-Thawri, al-Layth, all the way back to the companions and the followers—are all agreed that if the imam destroys every church in lands taken by force, such as Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Syria … this would not be deemed unjust of him,’ adding that, if Christians resist, ‘they forfeit their covenant, their lives, and their possessions.’ Elsewhere he writes, ‘Wherever Muslims live and have mosques, it is impermissible for any sign of infidelity to be present, churches or otherwise.’

Echoing the words of the jurists that the church is ‘worse than bars and brothels’ and ‘houses of torment and fire,’ in August 2009, Dar al-Ifta, an Al Azhar affiliate, issued a fatwa likening the building of a church to
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UK: Al Qaeda Flooding Britain With Drugs To Finance Terrorism In Europe

04/29/2013 2 comments

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

As noted before, the word for “sorceries” in Revelation 9:21 is the Greek work “pharmakeia”, which is where we get the word “pharmacy” from.  Although I generally understand this word in its metaphorical sense in reference to the blatant idolatry noted in the preceding verse, we should not discount the possibility that it may also be referring to the billions raised each year to fund Islamic terror through illegal drug trafficking …

Mirror – “Al Qaeda has teamed up with other terror groups to smuggle cocaine to Britain, the Sunday People has ­discovered.

One plot involved a staggering four tons of the illegal drug with a street value of £168million.

Al Qaeda, led by 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden until his death in May 2011, is using profits to fund terror plots in the UK and western Europe.

And they have paid for the cocaine with weapons looted in Libya during the mayhem following the death of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011.

Spooks from MI6 and the UK’s criminal intelligence agency SOCA have joined forces to investigate al Qaeda’s links to drug cartels and terrorist groups in Africa and South America.

Two Colombians – one a member of left-wing terror movement FARC – were arrested after a probe by the US Drugs Enforcement Agency.

It is understood the South American group, now a major ­cocaine cartel, sold a large quantity of the drug to bin Laden’s North African branch, al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb.

They paid using cash and also weapons looted in Libya.

The drug was shipped to North Africa and moved across the Mediterranean into southern France where it is believed to have been distributed to other European ­countries, including the UK.

A second operation carried out by secret intelligence groups led to the arrest of the former head of the navy in West Africa’s Guinea-Bissau, now classed as a ‘narco-state’ because of its reliance on the cocaine trade.

Admiral Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto and six others have now been flown to New York and charged with drugs trafficking. Four also face terrorism charges.” Read more.

Flashback: Muslim Drug Mafia Conquering Europe – “Turkish criminal gangs are ruling over the streets in the UK, controlling much of the drug market in Germany, as well as providing political influence in the Netherlands… Turkish mafia is influential especially in Germany and the Netherlands. According to annual report of the German police, Turks as well as migrants from Nigeria and Sierra Leone are playing major role in coordination of crime among the immigrants… Back in 2010 Militant Islam Monitor website wrote that Turkish criminal gangs are controlling the streets of Berlin… Turks are controlling major part of the black drug market in Europe – about 93%… Muslims from African countries are also joining… ” Read more.

Flashback: ‘Worrisome’: The Role of Drug Trafficking in Promoting and Financing Today’s Global Terrorism – “Speaking at a recent conference in Istanbul, ‘The Role of Drug Trafficking in Promoting and Financing Today’s Global Terrorism,’ jointly organized by Turkey, the United States and Colombia, UNODC Senior Terrorism Prevention Officer Irka Kuleshnyk said that ‘While it is difficult to establish how widely terrorist groups are involved in the illicit drug trade, or the breadth and nature of cooperation between these two criminal groups, the magnitude of the numbers involved make the relationship worrisome.’ According to the UNODC’s World Drug Report 2007, the total potential value of Afghanistan’s 2006 opium harvest accruiing to farmers, laboratory owners and Afghan traffickers reached about $US3.1 billion.” Read more.

Categories: Radical Islam

Islam’s Collective Punishment Of Christians

04/28/2013 Leave a comment

Egypt: Attacks On Christians Sharpen With Government CollusionBy Raymond Ibrahim, Frontpage Mag – “As many of Israel’s critics portray it as collectively punishing the Palestinians, overlooked and unsaid is the greater frequency with which Muslims collectively punish the religious minorities living under their authority, often in atrocious ways.

Consider Egypt alone. The most recent attacks on Egypt’s Copts, culminating in the unprecedented besiegement of the St. Mark Cathedral, the holiest site of Coptic Orthodoxy, is the latest large-scale ‘collective punishment’ of the nation’s indigenous Christian minority. Indeed, almost all of the major attacks on Copts are carried out in the context of collective punishment, based on the idea that, if just one Christian upsets Muslims, all Christians—and their churches and their women and their children—become fair game.

Collectively punishing ‘upstart’ religious minorities who refuse to know their place in the Islamic order actually has doctrinal backing. According to Mark Durie, author of The Third Choice: ‘Even a breach by a single individual dhimmi [non-Muslim living under Muslim authority] could result in jihad being enacted against the whole community. Muslim jurists have made this principle explicit, for example, the Yemeni jurist al-Murtada wrote that ‘The agreement will be canceled if all or some of them break it…’ and the Moroccan al-Maghili taught ‘The fact that one individual (or one group) among them has broken the statute is enough to invalidate it for all of them.’’

The latest collective punishment visited upon the Copts began in Khosous, near Cairo, on April 5, 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 one set on fire, and one Muslim. In retribution, Muslims went on yet another ‘Friday-rampage’—Friday being the day Muslims meet and pray and hate and call for jihads on Christians—resulting in the injury of at least 20 other Copts, an attack on a Coptic church, and an Evangelical church set on fire.

Then, two days later, after Copts mourned their dead in their cathedral, Muslim mobs awaiting them outside launched yet another attack, one that was actually aided by state security, firing into the cathedral compound. Eyewitnesses said as many as 40-50 tear gas canisters targeted the mourners, many of whom were women and children. Other officers stood by as the Muslim mob tried to ravage the cathedral. Two more Copts were killed and many dozens wounded. Since then, more reports have emerged of Copts being targeted and some even killed.

The fact is, collectively punishing Christian Copts for the purported crimes of individual Copts is a regular occurrence in Egypt, and perhaps the chief mode of their persecution. Other recent examples include:

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Marginalized, Isolated: Post-Revolution Egyptian Christians Subjected To More Brutality By Islamists

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RT – “Egypt’s Christian minority has been marginalized by the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, says Coptic Pope Tawadros II. His statement comes amid increased religious tensions and allegations of brutal repressions by the Islamist party.

‘There is a sense of marginalization and rejection, which we can call social isolation,’ of the 15 percent Christian population in Egypt, the pope told Reuters.

The pontiff’s statement coincided with increased Christian-Muslim tension on Friday in a small Egyptian town in Beni Suef province, where police used tear gas to disperse stone-throwing Muslim crowd after they had encircled a Coptic church to protest inter-faith relationships.

The angry mob accuses the church authorities of helping 21-year-old female Rana el-Shazli, who has allegedly converted to Christianity, elope to Turkey with a Coptic Christian man.

The tension over this modern day Romeo and Juliet romance has lasted for almost two months with Christian places of worship and local Christian shops being attacked.

The Christian man’s family has also been detained, after being accused of collaborating in hiding the woman. El-Shazli’s family issued an ultimatum for the church to return her early this month, but when it didn’t, violence started again.

Also on Friday, a Christian woman vanished in the city of Luxor. A complaint was filed with the police by the victim’s family accusing a Muslim man of abducting their daughter…

Meanwhile, an Egyptian Christian activist revealed that he was tortured in a mosque in suburban Cairo back in March.

Amir Ayad claims that he was en route to join a crowd of protesters near the headquarters of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party in suburban Cairo on March 22 when he was kidnapped.

‘I mistakenly thought they were police,’ Ayad told International Christian Concern (ICC).

‘When they saw my ID card they found out that I am a Christian. At that moment, they hit me on the head from behind and I lost consciousness. I woke up to find myself lying down on the floor of Belal Ibn Rabah mosque in Al-Moqattam.’ Ayad claims that the mosque was used to torture non-conformists with the Muslim Brotherhood politics.” Read more.

Egyptian Police Refuse To Protect Coptic Christians During Gun And Machete Attack On Mourners At Cathedral – “A shocking video has emerged that appears to show Egyptian police standing idly by as an anti-Christian mob launch a frenzied attack on a cathedral filled with mourners. Two worshippers were left dead and 84 injured, including 11 police officers, as men shooting guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to the walled Coptic cathedral compound in Cairo earlier this month.” Read more.

‘They Want Christians Out’: In Effort To Make Iraq A ‘Muslim Only’ Country, Islamists Make Christians Continuous Targets Of Violent Attacks

04/28/2013 Leave a comment

Christian Today – “Islamist extremists want Iraq to be a ‘Muslim only’ country. As a result, Christians in Iraq remain continuous targets of violent attacks.

Each month Open Doors field workers receive sad phone calls and emails of Christian acquaintances who report attacks against the Christians near them. While most of them are part of the general violence, such as bomb attacks and mortar fire which intensified during provincial elections last Saturday, a part of the violence can be labelled as specifically targeted against Christians.

‘If these attacks take place in a Christian neighbourhood or a Christian village, you can assume they are targeted, especially against the Christian population of the neighbourhoods and villages,’ said an Open Doors field worker.

‘Since the fall of Saddam Hussein 10 years ago, an estimated 1,000 Christians have been killed, a relatively high number compared with percentages killed from other groups in Iraqi society.’

A Christian in Mosul was the target of two attacks in one week last March. After the first bomb exploded in his house on a Wednesday, a second one was thrown over his fence on Sunday. The Christian saw two young men running away. The second bomb, wrapped in a black bag and a women’s t-shirt, was deactivated by a military engineering team.

In early April, Adbuljabar Khidher Toza, another Christian from Mosul, wasn’t so fortunate. Armed men shot him to death in front of his house.

All these targeted attacks serve only one purpose, shares the field worker:

‘We received documents and threats stating that the aim of the Islamist Insurgents is to make Iraq a ‘Muslim only’ country; they want the Christians out.’

Louis Raphael Sako, the newly-elected Chaldean Catholic patriarch of Iraq and Syria, says he is afraid of what Islamist rule would mean for Christians. ‘People are afraid of a kind of Islamic state as it was in the seventh century where Christians would be Read more…

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