Posts Tagged ‘Eqypt’

“First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

(Pastor Martin Niemoeller, 1946)

Al-Qaeda targeting Christians in Canada, Austria
The New American online 29 Dec 2010

Not content with terrorizing the Christian minorities that endeavor to survive under Islamic rule, Al-Qaeda is now targeting Coptic Christians who have left Egypt for lives in Europe and North America.

The December 21 Toronto Star drew attention to the publication of a “death list” naming 200 Coptic Christians, over half of whom now live in Canada. According to the Star:

More than 100 Canadian-Arab Christians are listed on an Al Qaeda affiliated website, apparently targeted because of their alleged role in attempting to convert Muslims. Some of those named say concerned Canadian intelligence officials have contacted them.

The Shumukh-al-Islam website, often considered to be Al Qaeda’s mouthpiece, listed pictures, addresses and cellphone numbers of Coptic Christians, predominantly Egyptian-Canadians, who have been vocal about their opposition to Islam.

In a forum on the website, one member named Son of a Sharp Sword, says “We are going to return back to Islam and all of the Mujahedeen (holy warriors) will cut off their heads.”

Three pages of the fundamentalist, Arabic-language website titled “Complete information on Coptics” sets to “identify and name all of the Coptics throughout the world who hope to defame Islam.” The website calls the Coptic Christians living abroad “dogs in diaspora,” a derogatory reference in Arabic.

Bomb Slaughters Egyptian Churchgoers
Sky News online 1 Jan 2011

Officials inspect the site of the bomb attack in Alexandria. At least 21 people have been killed in Egypt by a suspected suicide bomber who targeted Christians as they emerged from a church following a service to mark the New Year.

Police initially said the blast was caused by a car packed with explosives which was parked outside the Saints Church in the northern city of Alexandria. The interior ministry later said the explosion was more likely to be by a suicide bomber on foot and there were indications of “foreign elements”.

Following the atrocity, the Pope demanded protection for Christians as he urged world leaders to defend them against abuse and intolerance.

The governor of Alexandria, Adel Labib, accused al Qaeda of planning the bombing, state television reported.

If the terror network had a direct role, it could be a worrying development in Egypt, where the government has persistently denied the group has a significant presence on the ground.

Bombings in Iraq target homes of Christians
The New American online 1 Jan 2011

Following the October 31 massacre at Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad, the dwindling Christian community in Iraq decided to cancel public observances of the Christmas season, in the hope of avoiding further bloodshed at the hands of their Muslim neighbors. Although Muslims attacked churches in Nigeria and the Philippines, it seemed as is the Iraqis might have some respite from the horrors of Jihad.

However, any such hopes were dashed Thursday night, as a series of attacks on Christian homes in Baghdad signaled that no sanctuary remains for the persecuted remnant in their native land.

An Associated Press article (“Iraq Christians bury their dead after more attacks”) gives a sense of the calculated brutality behind the most recent attacks:

At least four Christian homes in Baghdad were hit Thursday night in the first string of attacks since al-Qaida-linked militants last week renewed their threats of violence against Christians in Iraq.

Father Mukhlis, a priest at Our Lady of Salvation church, the target of the October siege, said as many as 12 violent incidents occurred against Christian homes across the capital Thursday night.