Monday, April 08, 2013

Coptic Christians Attacked And Under Siege By Mob In Cairo Cathedral

St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo is not just any Coptic place of worship. It is the main Coptic religious site in Egypt, and the place where Pope Tawadros II, the leader of the Coptic Church lives.

Last night hundreds of Copts were besieged inside the cathedral after a funeral procession for five Copts who were killed during violent clashes in a north Egyptian town on Saturday was attacked by a Muslim mob.

Almost a hundred were injured and Mahrous Hana Tadros, a Christian, was killed in clashes outside the Cathedral while Copts who took cover in the cathedral compound itself were attacked with rocks, bottles, Molotov cocktails and even firearms.

Last night President Morsi issued a statement insisting that he had spoken to Pope Tawadros II, the leader of the Coptic church, and had given orders for the cathedral and citizens to be guarded. In practice, it worked out quite differently. Not only did the riot police who were supposed to protect th ecathedral not stop the mob, they actually teargassed the Christians trapped inside the compound.

Earlier, witnesses described how they were attacked by locals from Abbasiyya, the north-east Cairo neighbourhood where the cathedral is located. After being hit by rocks from the roofs of nearby buildings, the mourners were reportedly forced back into the cathedral compound.

Wael Eskandar, an Egyptian blogger who attended the funeral, said he saw people being showered with broken bottles from the roof of an apartment block opposite. After being attacked, he said, the people “started racing out of the side street and destroying the nearby cars”. He added that he was not sure if those attacking the vehicles were mourners. As night fell the streets around St Mark’s were echoing to the sound of gunshots and exploding tear gas canisters. Young men on either side of the 18ft-high compound wall exchanged a continuous hail of rocks and broken masonry. Others hurled Molotov cocktails and let off fireworks.

The security forces positioned outside the cathedral launched volley after volley of tear gas into the compound. Some of the thousands of onlookers gathered in the road cheered as the canisters rocketed towards Christians perched on the walls overlooking the main street.

The mob finally dispersed after Muslims started firing shots inside the cathedral and the trapped Christians responded with birdshot from weapons they had secreted inside.

 The Quasi official Al-Ahruman do the rmedia  continue to describe the attackers as “unknown assailants” while Egypt’s Interior Ministry blamed the Christian mourners for the violence and said the riot police intervened to stop it. That's doesn't match eyewitness accounts,but at this point, it really doesn't matter. Here's a video of those 'unknown assailants' chanting Allah Akbar as they attack the cathedral:

It's pretty much what I've written before - Egypt no longer has Jews, so the Christians are the next in line to be plundered, raped and eventually driven out. There's an odd, poetic justice in that, and a lesson to be learned. when the Jews were driven out of Egypt after everything they owned was stolen in the 1950's, the vast majority of Copts were at best indifferent and at worst active participants. Not only that, but in an effort to be 'more Egyptian than th eEgyptians' a lot of them eagerly engaged in the endemic anti-Semitism that pervades Egypt.

Now, unfortunately, it's their turn.

The Coptic population is already down from 40% to less than 10% and you can expect those of them whom can to leave before it's too late.

Appeasement never works, and Islam has never played well with others. With an Islamist regime in power, what's going on now with Egypt's remaining Christians shouldn't be unexpected.

Their choices are to leave, convert or live as dhimmis with no rights whatsoever, to pay jizya (onetary tribute) to the Muslim and to feel themselves subdued, exactly how the Hadiths record Mohammed told his followers to treat infidels before he died in 632 CE.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

rabbi dr. bernhard rosenberg

May 03, 2012

To whom it may concern,

My name is Mena Beshay, a junior at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. The
purpose of this email is to inform and raise awareness of one of the most
significant issues that threaten this university. It is very unfortunate that a
university as diverse as Rutgers, does not do enough to protect its faculty,
staff, and students from harassment and persecution based on religion. This is a
very serious issue that I unfortunately witness too often. As part of the Coptic
Orthodox Fellowship (COF) here at Rutgers I have personally been harassed in
many instances by Muslim students. On my way out of COF meetings or events when
walking out with my Priest we will be looked at, pointed at, laughed at, cursed
at, and hear phrased like “Allah we Agbar” or “Salam Aleekom” which are two very
common Islamic phrases. Instances like these unfortunately occur too often on
Rutgers Campuses. I know for a fact, because i personally heard it that Rabbi
Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg who wears a skullcap and is outspoken on behalf of the
Jewish community is a target from many of the Muslim students on campus. I know
this because being a student in his class i have heard this from students in a
variety of ways. In fact, Dr. Rosenberg’s letter to Rutgers which he shared in
class is very plausible. I have never heard of a student that would
intentionally bring a teacher up for charges after one day of class for such a
ridiculous accusation such as using his Twitter page and YouTube, which i see in
almost every class here at Rutgers. The fact that the professor uses his book in
addition to the required one should not be a reason to take him to task as at
least half of the professors at Rutgers do the same. It undoubtedly raises the
question of why Dr. Rosenberg is the one being singled out. Living and growing
up in Egypt, instances like this are all too common for me, it is clear that
someone intended on destroying him based on his religion and beliefs. he is one
of the most popular teachers on campus and it is impossible to get into any of
his classes from how much students respect and admire him. His public speaking
class is one that i am eagrly waiting to attend because it is one of the few
classes I actually enjoy and learn from. i am not Jewish , I am a Coptic
Orthodox Christian and I can verify there is anti-semitism on campus, and that
Rabbi Dr. Rosenberg.

Concerned Student,
Mena Beshay