An attack by a Muslim mob on Copts in a village in the Egyptian governorate of Minya on Monday has left the Coptic community holed up in their houses, while security forces patrol the streets.
A local source told World Watch Monitor the situation is still very tense in the village of Menbal, 225 kilometres south of Cairo, which was also home to Gaber Mounir Adly, one of the 21 men beheaded by Islamic State in Libya in 2015.
Monday’s attack took place after Muslim villagers in Menbal, which has a population of 45,000, 30 per cent of whom are Copts, accused a Coptic Christian of publishing a post on his Facebook page that insulted Islam, said the source, who did not wish to be named. In his post, published last Thursday (5th July), the 35-year-old Abdo Adel had compared Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, with Jesus.
Egypt is one of the more “sophisticated” Muslim states.
We have seen and recoiled from the horrific footage of Coptic Christians beheadedby ISIS in 2015 in Libya and the repeated bombings over the past two decades of Coptic churches in Egypt. We read about the Maspero massacre in 2011, when Egyptian military tanks, deployed to protect peaceful Christian demonstrators, instead rolled over them, crushing many to death. And we continue to receive reports of Coptic girls abducted, compelled to convert to Islam and forced into marriages with Muslims.
Each time there is news of another act of hate-filled violence against the Copts, or other religious minorities, we shudder.
Coptic houses were attacked in a village in Upper Egypt last week, after Copts objected to a group of young Muslim men swimming naked in a canal in front of their homes, as Coptic women sat outside.
The incident took place on 4 June in the village of Tarshoub, in Beni Suef governorate.
“A Muslim mob gathered around the homes of Christians across the canal and began pelting them with bricks and stones, while shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ [Allah is the greatest] and chanting slogans against Copts,” local Coptic resident Nashaat Ezzat told World Watch Monitor. “They broke the windows and doors of some houses, looted and destroyed some properties.”
Sexual harassment is part of everyday life in Egypt and gang rapes continue to shock the country. Where does this excessive violence come from?
When was she first sexually harassed? Nour energetically sips her mint lemonade through a straw. “When I was eight,” she says, as she eyes a passing group of young men who are talking boisterously and blatantly staring at her.
It’s a hot and humid evening in downtown Cairo. The air is filled with the usual sound of hundreds of blaring car horns, and Nour has to speak loudly to make herself heard above the din. Unlike many Egyptian women who suffer in silence, though, she is determined to speak — and be heard.
She recalls going to the Shubra area east of the Nile to buy drawing paper for school, when she ran into a roughly 60-year-old man struggling with two heavy shopping bags. “Give me a hand!” he said to her, and Nour dutifully carried the bags to his house. On the way there, the man placed a hand on her shoulder. Then she says his hands wandered across her entire body. “I simply froze,” Nour says. “He wanted to take me to his apartment. That’s when I started crying.”
Egyptian-Italian girl beaten to death in Nottingham. Why aren’t we hearing more about what would normally be automatically labelled a likely racist, Islamophobic hate crime?
As John Derbyshire alerted us to on Friday in White (Egyptian) Girl Beaten To Death By Ten Black Girls In Britain–MSM Suppressesthe March 14 death of 18-year old Mariam Moustafa from injuries inflicted on February 20 by a group of Black “British” women has been receiving the full scale repression treatment by the British Deep State. Egypt Today reported the day after her death Amid lack of information, western media reach to Egypt’s websites:
CAIRO — On an island in the Suez Canal, a towering AK-47 rifle, its muzzle and bayonet pointed skyward, symbolizes one of Egypt’s most enduring alliances. Decades ago, North Korea presented it to Egypt to commemorate the 1973 war against Israel, when North Korean pilots fought and died on the Egyptian side.
But now the statue has come to signify another aspect of Egypt’s ties to North Korea: a furtive trade in illegal weapons that has upset President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s otherwise cozy relationship with the United States, set off a painful cut in military aid and drawn unremitting scrutiny from United Nations inspectors.
Lawmakers in Egypt are seriously considering passing a law that would make atheism illegal.
Blasphemy is already illegal in Egypt, and people are frequently arrested for insulting or defaming religion under the country’s strict laws. The newly proposed rule would make it illegal for people not to believe in God, even if they don’t talk about it.
“The phenomenon [of atheism] is being promoted in society as freedom of belief, when this is totally wrong,” Amro Hamroush, head of Egypt’s Parliament’s committee on religion, said when he introduced the bill in late December.
CAIRO, Egypt, January 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A brave Coptic mother sacrificed her life to save her two daughters during the December 29 terrorist attack targeting Christians at a church in Cairo.
Nermin Sadik, 32, pushed her daughters, Nesma, 11, and Karin, 7, away when she saw the gunman at Saint Mina Coptic Church. Sadik then fell to the ground.
“After falling, the terrorist looked angrily at a necklace on my mother’s neck and then took out a weapon and fired several bullets at us,” Sadik’s elder daughter Nesma, said. “One of them hit my mother.”
Nesma said that the terrorist tried to kill her and her sister, but as the girls’ mother died, she held her daughters in her arms to protect them from the gunfire.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A masked gunman shot dead two Christian brothers at their alcohol shop south of Cairo on Monday, security sources said.
The incident took place just days after attacks on a Coptic church and another Christian-owned shop also south of the Egyptian capital that killed more than 10 people, as security forces brace for attacks against the Arab world’s largest Christian minority ahead of Orthodox Christmas celebrations.
The gunman used a rifle in the attack, shooting at the shop from outside after pulling up on a motorcycle, two security sources said. The attacker fled the scene afterwards.