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Report: Al Qaeda Flag Hoisted Above Churches While Anti-Christian Fury Takes On ‘Genocidal Proportions’ In Egypt


By Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute – “Days ago, al-Qaeda’s Egyptian leader, Ayman Zawahiri, portrayed the overthrow of Muhammad Morsi and the Brotherhood as a ‘Crusader’ campaign led by Coptic Pope Tawadros II who, according to Zawahiri and other terrorists, is trying to create a Coptic state in Egypt.

Since then, not only are Egypt’s Christians and churches now being attacked in ways unprecedented in the modern era, but new reports indicate that al-Qaeda’s black flag has been raised on some of them, specifically St. George Church in Sohag.

Considering that it was al-Qaeda linked terrorists who initiated one of the bloodiest church attacks in recent history, the 2010 Baghdad church attack in which nearly 60 Christians were slaughtered (click here for graphic images), al-Qaeda’s singling out Egypt’s Christians looks alarming.

The Islamic terrorist organization’s incitement against the Copts is just the latest emanating from Islamists — from the top of the Brotherhood leadership to the bottom of the ‘Muslim street’ — and is creating something of an ‘open season’ on Egypt’s Christians.

Days after the overthrow of Morsi, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Badie, was first to attack by Coptic Pope Tawadros by name for supporting the popular June 30 revolution, which saw tens of millions of Egyptians take to the streets. After Badie demonized the Copts, assaults on Christians began in earnest. Many churches were attacked and burned, and several Christians were murdered in Upper Egypt; over in the Sinai, a young Coptic priest was shot dead, while the body of Magdy Lam’i Habib, a Christian, was found mutilated and beheaded. Due to the many death threats to Pope Tawadros, he has left the papal residence at the St. Mark Cathedral, which was earlier savagely attacked when Morsi was still president.

This anti-Christian fury is far from sated; it has taken on genocidal proportions. While Al Jazeera was covering (and distorting) events in Egypt, a Libyan man, Tamar Rashad called in and said, ‘I want to offer the good news to [Pope] Tawadros that, Allah willing, the day is coming when no Copt will ever again tread the ground of Egypt — and no churches. We will no longer allow churches to exist.’ When the host appeared to protest, Rashad interrupted him saying, ‘It’s already decided, take your cameras and go to the churches and you’ll see what’s going to happen soon, Allah willing.’

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the Islamic world’s leading preachers and spiritual father of the Muslim Brotherhood, has also given his formal stamp of approval to persecute Christians; he recently posted a video saying that ‘Christians’ and others ‘were recruited [by Egypt’s military] to kill innocent Muslims.’

As expected, all these incitements against the Copts issued by several top Islamist leaders have so increased the attacks on Copts that it has become difficult in the last few days to keep up with the attacks on them — the reports emanating from Egypt are many and nonstop. Throughout Upper Egypt — in Minya, Asyut, Sohag — Christians and their churches are under attack; dozens of Coptic homes and businesses have been set on fire. Due to the risk to Christian lives, many churches are no longer holding regular worship services.

The situation has become so dire that Ibrahim Eissa, a popular Egyptian journalist and TV personality, apparently unable to keep silent over the plight of the Copts, recently said on live TV: ‘The Christians have suffered in Egypt, over the course of two and a half years. Their churches have been burned, their children killed. The Maspero Massacre occurred, where several Copts were slain. Catastrophic fatwas [religious edicts] appeared, calling them infidels and inciting against them…. No one has suffered as much as they. Today, if any Christian attempts to join a protest, he does so at the risk of defying dozens of fatwas calling for his death and decapitation, and the burning of churches, especially in Upper Egypt.’

With the ouster of Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s Islamists have finally gotten the pretext they need to cleanse the nation of its Christian minority, the Copts — ironically, Egypt’s native sons.

The unprecedented hate currently being visited on them is fueled by Islam’s ‘How Dare You?‘ phenomenon: As conquered non-Muslims, Christians can only live as dhimmis: according to traditional Islamic teaching, barely tolerated ‘infidels’ who must be humble and submissive — to the point that they are not permitted to raise their hands to Muslims even when attacked.

Far from assuming their ‘proper place,’ Egypt’s Christians supported the June 30 Revolution against the will and threats of the Brotherhood. Thus, to Egypt’s disenfranchised and bitter Brotherhood and its supporters, Egypt’s Christians, beginning with their pope, are all now fair game.” Source – Gatestone Institute.

  1. 08/08/2013 at 3:14 PM

    Reblogged this on Reality Check and commented:
    Weren’t these folks “disarmed” by someone? Bet they were…bet we (as in the U.S.) doesn’t bother arming them either….

    Bet this goes without notice in the media, I mean after all, who needs a bunch of Christians messing things up in the middle east? Right?

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  2. 08/09/2013 at 3:46 AM

    “Media?” What media? All we have are “fashion reporters!”

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  3. Vivienne Leijonhufvud
    08/11/2013 at 8:29 AM

    Bobby Amazon just bought Washington Post? You’re absolutely right, we need more media coverage of what is going on out there instead of a lot of propaganda as to hard done by the so called Palestinians are. Frankly they are as much part of the terrorists persecuting Coptic and Orthodox Christians as well all Jews.

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    • 08/11/2013 at 1:36 PM

      “media coverage?” yeah, like that’s going to happen!

      NO, we will NEVER get more media coverage of these horrendous crimes taking place every minute around the world. As I was reading your comment, I’m watching the ABC Channel 7 News, this Sunday morning, and realized that “half” of their “news (what an oxymoron)(never thought I’d ever use that word!)” is about the “weather!!!”

      NOTHING on their “News” even discusses, anything, about the murders, attacks, rapes, etc., going on anywhere, in the world. At no time have they ever identified the race, religion, etc., of the perpetrator involved in these acts.

      BUT “on the bright side!” Did you know there is a new “app” available for the “iPhone?:”(sic)
      (Another word I thought I’d never use. Just to make sure I was using it in the correct tense, I had to look it up and this is what I found:
      http://www.dailywritingtips.com/what-does-sic-mean/
      ‎Another common Latin expression you might come across is sic transit gloria mundi. It means “thus passes the glory of the world.” It’s a thought that might occur as one stands by a crumbling pyramid or where the Twin Towers once stood in New York City.
      simply amazing, a “most” fitting word!!!)

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      • Vivienne Leijonhufvud
        08/11/2013 at 2:24 PM

        Hi, tried to pull down link and couldn’t! Sic, Knew it was Latin, thank you for the interpretation, yours is much better, crumbling pyramid where the Twin towers stood! Do you suppose anyone remembers 9/11/2001? Must have been just after Ramadan! Warnings are just so much air in the air, according to the mindless majority! Have a good week.

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        • 08/11/2013 at 7:54 PM

          I just tried the link again and it worked just fine. Try “Google Chrome” which is the browser I used to “look-up.”

          Take Care and God Bless!

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