Monday, November 14, 2005

Does The American Embassy In Cairo Discriminate Against Coptic Christians?


If you are a Coptic Christian, try to apply for a visa at the American Embassy in Cairo, once you pass through the gate, you will feel as if you are inside a mosque in Afghanistan. Posters of “Islam is a religion of Peace”, “Islam means peace”, “The life of Muslims in the US”, "Islam is the fastest growing religion in the US", in addition to images of American mosques are posted everywhere in the American embassy in Cairo.

If you are not a Muslim, try to apply for a job at the US embassy in Cairo, you will wait and wait forever without a response, because - according to an embassy employee - your application will be shredded in pieces and thrown in the garbage by the director of the embassy HR, who is a veiled fanatic Muslim woman.

Over the past few years, the number of Coptic employees at the US embassy in Cairo has declined significantly, while the number of Muslim employees has increased significantly. And according to visa applicants, who are Copts, embassy consular officers sometimes ask if they are going to the US to talk about the Muslim persecution of Christians in Egypt!

It happened again this month. Some Coptic applicants for a visa were asked if they had intended to go to the United States in order to talk about the persecution of Christians in Egypt! They were then denied the visa. (The name of these individuals and the details on these incident are available upon request).


If the US has declared a war on terror, it ought to look into its own backyards, and at its gates overseas. We believe that an investigation is long overdue over the behavior of some ‘fanatical’ and “extremist” employees at the US embassies overseas. How do such individuals pass a background check?!
Many Copts are concerned that “While attempting to placate Muslims, Coptic Christians might be getting victimized in the process”
Please e-mail the US embassy in Egypt and demand an explanation to these serious allegations, their e-mail is

22 Comments:

At 10:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a terrible thing. We must do something to bring this to the attention of the US goverment and stop it.

 
At 10:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only that my dear, when you visit the State Department’s Arabic website, you will feel as if you are at an Islamic website. This is the link

http://usinfo.state.gov/ar/

The website talks about Islam in America, Muslims in America, the beauty of Islam in America! ....etc. I get disgusted when I visit the website as they seem to want to compete with the Muslims Imams and Saudi Arabia in spreading Islam! Wake up America.

 
At 3:31 PM , Blogger William said...

Does this HR rep have a name and how disconnected is the US Ambassador from his embassy organization?

 
At 6:00 PM , Anonymous adel said...

I have done something! I have sent the following email to the US Ambassador in Cairo. Will you join me and write not only to the Ambassador, but also to the President, Secretary of State, members of Congress,...etc???

Dear Sir,

I am a US citizen and taxpayer. I am very disturbed by the fact that the US embassy in Cairo is turning into a place for the fanatic persons and extreme islamic views. I am also worried because there seem to be a consistent effort to get rid of the Coptic employees and not to hire new ones, thus increasing the numbers of muslims and the possibility of extremism. What is going on there? Our sons are fighting and dying in Iraq to stop fanatism, while such an attitude flourishs within the walls of Cairo embassy !!
I shall have to write to the President, Secretary of State, congressmen, and senators about this. It is not right, and must not be tolerated.

 
At 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please have someone post the E-mail address of The Ambassador, The Counsel General and US secertary of state. We all should e-mail them.

 
At 10:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad I found this blog. I've bookmarked it.

I'm a Christian (and US Citizen) and I'm disgusted at what seems to be going on at some of our embassies. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Certainly we in the US need to take action to prevent people from being discriminated against at our embassies.

 
At 9:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person in charge of the refugee section at the Embassy is also a veiled Muslim woman. How dare they hire such people at a section that deals with the Coptic asylees and refugees? How sure is the embassy that this person is not discriminating against Coptic Christians? Who is supervising her decisions and on what basis is she making these decisions? And how sure is the embassy that her personal convictions do not interfere with the suffering of the Copts?

 
At 9:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:35 AM , Anonymous adel said...

The following is the web address to use to send comments, and questions to the Secretary of state. It is rather long!:

http://contact-us.state.gov/cgi-bin/state.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php?p_cv=4.114&p_pv=&p_prods=0&p_cats=37%2C84%2C86%2C114&p_hidden_prods=&prod_lvl1=0&cat_lvl1=37&cat_lvl2=84&cat_lvl3=86&cat_lvl4=114

or you can go to http://contact-us.gov and proceed from there.

The email of the embassy is:
consularcairo@state.gov

Can someone publish the fax number of the embassy ? I think that fax is more effective than emails.

 
At 12:30 PM , Blogger William said...

The U.S. Embassy in Egypt - 5, Latin America St., Garden City, Cairo
Phone: (20-2) 797-3124 - Fax: (20-2) 797-3400

 
At 10:38 PM , Anonymous Howard said...

I think CALM, rational letters -- not threats or accusations -- are the way to go. This is what I sent. I used my name and hometown.

The Honorable Francis J. Ricciardone
US Ambassador to Egypt

Amb. Ricciardone:

Assalamualaikum & hello --

Congratulations on your fairly recent appointment as the new ambassador to Egypt. Perhaps this might enable one to take a fresh look at allegations that are being made in some parts of the US press.

Might I ask if there is any truth to news stories about restrictions on Coptic Christians visiting the US? I'm hoping that I'm mistaken or the news that I've read is incorrect.

I'm asking before I utilize my resources as a politically active American and attempt to change this discriminatory behavior through various legal forms of political action, including contacting the appropriate congressional representatives/committees (I live outside Wash., DC), representatives at the US State Department as well as the various Christian organizations to which I belong.

I have Muslim friends and have both helped them break fast during Ramadan and in years past have celebrated Eid-al-Fitr with them (at an Arab embassy.) So I certainly have no personal problems with the Muslim faith or culture -- or any other faith -- but I'm dismayed by the news that there's allegedly an ongoing discriminatory 'hidden' process ( by local-hire employees) to discourage both the hiring of Coptics as well as attempts to prevent their entrance in the US.

I look forward to hearing back from you or your staff at your earliest convenience. I'm using email since I'm sure that you have a most busy schedule, and this makes a response that much more easier.

 
At 10:57 AM , Anonymous adel said...

Dear Howard (see above)
I am not sure if you are a Copt or not, but if you were, you would understand why I wrote my letter the way I did. After hundreds of years of injustice and discrimination, it is not very easy not to be somewhat emotional.

Anway, emotional or not, Copts, and their friends, even among the enlightened moslems, must start to take actions and raise their voices.

Thank you for participating.

 
At 2:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

somebody stole your blog and put their name on it at this link

http://amcoptic.com/n2005/US_Embassy_in_Cairo.htm

 
At 3:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's obiviously true ,.. the US. embassy in Egypt denied giving me a visa to attend the International Coptic Conference although i am officialy invited by the conference administration and officialy representing an egyptian party in the same conference .

what a shame ,.


I can provide you with my offical travel documents .

 
At 5:37 PM , Anonymous AW Gorgi said...

this is very serious alligation. I am christian, we have to think how is US government thinks. regarding the posters in the embassy tells me the US gov. is trying to reduce the anti american tension so this is OK. Regarding HR manager,I can not accept. I wuld like to have her name please, and will file every appropriate action against her if this alligation is really valid not based on emotions. please, brothers and sisters. stay well in Christ.

 
At 10:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salah Said:
wake up Copts and look for Christ, ONLY. America has more interest with the Muslims than with you. Forget it and focuse on finding your way. Life is tough, but Christ is our God. In Him we have all of our needs.

 
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At 3:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever posted this is a total IDIOT biased partisan. Have you ever been in the Embassy to verify your claim. I have and can guarantee that there is a LARGE percentage of Coptics working there. What discrimination? Copts have all the good positions. The janitors, toilet cleaners and garbage dump people are ALL Muslim. No right-minded Christian would take those jobs - you see them all in the lofty high-positioned jobs. I have to admit they are nice warm people - most of them anyway and some more than the Muslims there. I have not noticed any discrimination AT ALL. As a matetr of fact ALL the Christians - no exception - OPENLY manifest their belief be it by putting up pictures of Jesus or wearing crosses or many other icons in their work place - more so than the Muslims - so who is being fanatical???

Honestly, whoever wrote this trash is making an issue out of soemthing that REALLY doesn't exist. You must either get a life or try looking somewhere else for a job. Just because the Embassy doesn't hire doesn't mean you should make up some fabricated bogus claims. As for pictures on the wall - how does that symobolize fanaticism??? Isn't Islam the majority religion in Egypt, Aren't Copts the minority?

 
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At 10:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys, being veiled woman does not mean to be extremist, putting signs of mosques and Islam in US is destined to show that US does not discriminate against Muslims as a part of beautifying its image overseas, what I know is that American embassies work along with laws of equal opportunity , so the main factor of selecting is efficency, the question of talking about persecution of Christians for Christian people who apply for a visa is a political question because of the strategic allience with Egypt, I think you have to think more guys and stop such hatred speech and remeber that exageration and telling things that you from your hearts know is not correct is against your faith and against Jesus, wake up again!

 
At 8:51 AM , Blogger hmabboud said...

Well! First of all this is not an appropriate way to talk about Islam. I bet anyone of you if you know anything about Islam anyways.

Seconde, it doesn't mean that if sbd get rejected to work at the American Embassy in Cairo means that they don't want Coptic Christians. ON the contrary, but I made sure that they do this based on qualifications and avalible vacancies. And Other people from diffrent Egyptian sub-cultures get rejected as well for the same reasone.
So please people be reasoneable about issues u tak about, and there is nothing that the you need to freed of but your unsence thouhts.
Regard,
Neutral

 

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