Thursday, December 29, 2005

Lies of the NY times reporter

Images promoting Islam at the Arabic section of the Department of State's Bureau of International Information website

The NY Times' ABEER ALLAM says there are "No Posters From Islamists in U.S. Mission" and falsely claims that ( the only posters were those of the black-robed Coptic Christian pope, Shenuda III, and Santa Claus)

Ms. Allam is not telling the truth, and we challenge her to publish the image of Pope Shenouda she claimed to be posted at the embassy

In fact, there are no posters of Pope Shenouda at the embassy, unless she considers a small 2x3 image placed at one employee's desk as reported by the NY Sun to be a poster, and according to visa applicants even the Christmas tree at the embassy is a tree decorated with Islamic symbols such as the crescent.

Posters at the embassy seen by thousands of people over the past few years untill early December of 2005 when complaints were filed read (Islam is a religion of peace) with the image of some American Muslims including "Nihad Awad" from CAIR who was caught on video calling for the support of Hamas

"I am in support of the Hamas movement." - Nihad Awad

Other posters promoted Islam such as ( Islam is the religion of one billion people) , (Islam is the fastest growing religion in America) and some comments made by the grand Imam of Al Azhar indicating Islam as a religion of peace, in addition to poetic stanza praising Islam entitled (Tolerance of Islam)
Two large posters of mosques in the US, one in Arabic and another in English, show many mosques in the US with halos around it indicating holiness
All you have to do is visit this link here from the State Department's Arabic section and tell us what you see:
المساجد في الولايات المتحدة

The reception and security check employees at the embassy are veiled women. The individuals that review applications are veiled women.

There is a mosque at the USAID building, but there are no chapels. And Muslims get between 1.5 to 2 hours a day for prayer break, but non-Muslims don't get the same break.

Ms. Allam, a Muslim correspondent for the NY Times revealed her bias and ugly attitude at the end of her article when she referred to Copts in the US as "Coptic exile groups," as Copts in the US are not exiled.


At 1:03 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

I really can't believe the bias of not only the US Embassy but this NY Times correspondent!! Maybe Ms. Allam should consider a position with the US Embassy in seems she fits right in!

"Ms. Allam, a Muslim correspondent for the NY Times revealed her bias and ugly attitude at the end of her article when she referred to Copts in the US as "Coptic exile groups," as Copts in the US are not exiled."

- I read that and couldn't believe the ignorance of that comment! Is discrimination against Copts all over the world? It seems around every corner there is someone with an agenda! These lies need to be exposed and those individuals held accountable!!

At 1:38 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

" The closest any got to pictures of supporters of Hamas were pictures of Osama bin Laden and other terrorists in the F.B.I. list of most wanted terrorists."

Phew...thank God it's only Osama Bin Laden and not Hamas supporters on cubicle walls...Bin Laden is much more reasonable.
(click on the article for more)

Once again I must ask myself if this is a joke!

At 2:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on the pro-Islamic bias of the NY times

Last year at this time, I noticed this new myth of the Middle East was being perpetrated by the so-called newspaper of record, the New York Times, in a story by Greg Myre. It began:

There you have it. Why are the Christians leaving Bethlehem? At least partly, according to the New York Times, because of the Israeli security fence.

Now, ask yourself a question: Why would the security fence disproportionately affect Christians? If the security fence were contributing to the exodus, it should be causing an exodus of Muslims as well, right?

This year, perhaps taking their cue from the New York Times, the story was recycled in a thousand other news venues. Political leaders around the world took up the lie as their own. And, of course, Arab and Muslim leaders were only too happy to begin championing the cause of these poor, misplaced, mistreated Christians.

There's just one problem. It's a total, bald-faced lie – another one of those revisionist history lessons being written even while the history is still taking place.

Because, for the life of this New York Times reporter and his editors back home, they can't think of a single legitimate way to blame Israel for the Christian exodus.

Here is the truth. Bethlehem, once a 90 percent Christian town, now only claims only about 20,000 of the 60,000 Arab residents – about 35 percent. The number drops day by day, month by month, year by year.

They haven't left for no good reason. They have left for very good reasons. In fact, knowing the conditions these Christians face today, it's surprising there are still 20,000 there.

But does it have anything to do with the Israeli security fence? No.

Five years ago, when the latest exodus began, the Israelis had not even started construction of the security fence.

Up until 1948, Bethlehem was more than 90 percent Christian. The Arab-Israeli war of 1948, begun by Arab states in response to the founding of Israel, brought an influx of Muslim refugees to the Bethlehem area and signaled the start of a demographic shift. Then five years ago, the exodus of Christians became a flood.

Buried in the New York Times story of last year was a key paragraph that explained why:

In the early days of the uprising, Muslim gunmen in the Bethlehem area took hilltop positions in Beit Jala, which is predominantly Christian. That afforded them a clear firing line at the southernmost part of Jerusalem. When the Israeli military responded, Beit Jala residents found themselves on the front lines of the conflict, and occasionally among its casualties.

In other words, Muslim terrorists have intentionally placed Christians in the crossfire between them and Israel. They did that when they seized the Church of the Nativity, nearly destroying it, defecating in the hallways, smashing statues and stealing precious objects. The Israelis, for their part, negotiated an end to the standoff rather than destroy the church that represents so much to the Christian world.

If the Israelis contributed in any way to the exodus of Christians, it was by withdrawing from Bethlehem and the so-called "Palestinian territories" in the West Bank. Since they left, the Palestinian Authority has waged a jihad against the Christian community, raping women, extorting businessmen, lynching "collaborators" and seizing homes.

That's why the Christians have left and continue to leave. They enjoyed life while their towns were under the control of Israel. Once they were turned over to the terrorists, there wasn't much left to keep them in the areas in which their families lived for generations.

It took WND Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein to set the record straight this year.

"All this talk about Israel driving Christians out and causing pain is nonsense," a Bethlehem Christian community leader told WND. "You want to know what is at play here, just come throughout the year and see the intimidation from the Muslims. They have burned down our stores, built mosques in front of our churches, stole our real estate and took away our rights. Women have been raped and abducted. So don't tell me about Israel. It's the Muslims."

The story of religious cleansing in the Palestinian Authority today thus continues – and Israel gets the blame, even though it is perpetrated by the Muslim-controlled Arab leadership.

At 2:49 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

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

It's so sad how Christians are always the ones caught in the middle. It's obviously due to the TRUE peaceful teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ...but isn't it enough already?!

At 3:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to free yourselves from you sick minds !!! and then you will be Free ! Copts or whatever sect you are WHO CARES !!! GET a LIFE !!!

At 3:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree you guys are SAD ! always thinking that the Moslems are against you and hate you ... poor you !! trying to create a hatred between Egyptians ,thats what you know what to do .. you guys are evil ! stop this and return to your senses we are all human beings and believe in one GOD ! so there is no difference ! Go do something good for your society and people other than fuelling hate among people

At 4:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

bla bla bla
This Muslim poster is mentally sick

At 4:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous poster:
Get lost man or whatever you are, these guys are exposing your filthy Islamic agenda

At 5:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do understand that the writer or translator of the article in not a native speaker of the English language however, for the purposes of reposting this article to other sites, please have a native speaker edit your articles. Some sites do not repost content that is not both linguistically and stylistically up to snuff.


At 5:53 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

What's wrong with all of you anonymous posters? Insults will get you nowhere...

Didn't anyone teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything...or at least add something constructive

At 5:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike , How about this for (linguistically and stylistically up to snuff) eat sh**t

At 11:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop all hate languages, by both Christians and Muslims. Our 'old' Egypt lost its simplicity. Don’t be naive and mix politics with religion, i.e lies (POLITICS) with truth (RELIGION).
Speak up for the poor and week and open your heart to love them irrespective of their faith. This is what I learned from Egypt, and this what we should leave to our children. We survived Islam for 1400 years and we will live with our Muslim friends and neighbors for the next 10 thousands years. Our world is changing too fast for many Muslims to swallow, so give them chance to grow and to learn. Open your eyes and remember that same people are the children of Christian Egyptians from the past. They are our family.

see what Egypt had become:;_ylt=Ahfrznadd2tPRLpoEZo.lbSbOrgF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MXN1bHE0BHNlYwN0bWE-

At 11:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Police puzzled over Egypt mutilation-murder mystery Thu Dec 29, 1:34 PM ET

Ten mutilated bodies were found in a southern Egyptian village, some of them missing their vital organs and laying in pools of blood, police sources said.

The bodies of 10 Egyptians -- four men, two women and four children -- were found in three neighbouring houses in the village of Ezbet Shams el-Din, 225 kilometres (140 miles) south of Cairo, the sources said.

Their stomachs and throats were slashed open and many of their body parts, including genitals, were cut off, said an AFP correspondent in this village near the town of Bani Mazar in the Minya governorate.


At 3:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for you mate ! you English is impeccable. I will try and fix my english to meet your expectations. what I find interesting is that several people understood what I was saying except you ! great stuff Mr Flawless. Just stay away from Egypt with your sick mind !

At 3:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey egypeter , do you have a link to the NY Times story that you are refering to as I'm interested in reading , Mike, you write great English we are so proud of you.

At 4:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously believe that any pictures of religious figures should be put on desks in offices at all Pope Shenouda is no exception.

At 4:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No you shouldn't put any pictures on your desk and I hope that they removed the picture of Pope Shenouda of that person's desk ! It shouldn't have been there to begin with. It is not a place of worship it is a place of work so it shouldn't be there.

At 4:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coptic exile groups in the United States often claim that in Egypt they are the subject of virulent discrimination.

The Post reported two cases of Copts who said they were denied visas handled by the embassy in recent weeks and who charged bias. Mr. Kaestner said there had been nothing discriminatory about the matter.

I don't see why you are complaining about the phrase "Coptic exile groups in the United States" . Don't they exsist ? don't they publish huge ads in papers saying that fellow Coptics in Egypt are being killed by Moslems. Stop running away from the truth. They are there and I know several members . Happy New Year may 2006 be a peacful and great year for Copts , Moslems & Jews alike.

At 5:36 PM , Anonymous David said...

Exile= Enforced removal from one's native country.

To send into exile: to banish

She could've used "Expatriate" or even "Diaspora" instead of showing her outright bias

At 5:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

many of the fellow Copts that live in the States like being refered to as living in exile. It is a good propaganda tool. They like the world to believe that they were kicked out of Egypt. It is the same tool the Jews used. Many of them talk of stories of how they had to flee Egypt. most of the stories they tell at social gathering don't even make sense and are boring . As Egyptian Christians we should united with fellow Egyptians, no matter what their religion and try and make our country a better place instead of attacking each other on blog etc... Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year

At 6:02 PM , Anonymous David said...

I'm a Copt, and I have never heard it from any fellow Copts. Being in Exile is not a good thing to brag about. Copts are patriotic to their land, that's why they want to chnage it for the better, but it is the sick attitudes of the Muslim media that considers such calls as unpatriotic and seeking help from foreign countries. Yet they themselves kiss America's feet to put pressure on Israel>

At 8:21 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

Anonymous - The article I was referring to is in the original post on this blog.

At 2:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

David , let me bring your attention to the following :

When President Hosni Mubarak leaves for Washington on Saturday, he goes with the full backing of Egypt's Coptic Church. In an unprecedented move, Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox church, urged Copts living in the United States "not to act in a way that dishonours Egypt's reputation and hurts the interests of the church."

In an open letter published in national dailies on Tuesday, the 75-year-old pope addressed the expatriate Copts, saying that he would not accept "unruly" behaviour harmful to the church, warning against disparaging words that go against the "spiritual nature of Christianity". The letter, which follows on the heels of the visit to Egypt by a US fact-finding committee investigating religious persecution, mirrors a similar address to the Coptic community ahead of Mubarak's annual US visit last year. Then, the trip had come close after the Al-Kosheh incident, when 20 Copts and one Muslim were killed in an outbreak of riots fuelled by religious tensions in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Sohag.

The violence caused an uproar within the Coptic community, both in Egypt and abroad, and Pope Shenouda had to interfere in order to halt a damaging campaign highlighting sectarian strife. In his remarks this year, the pope was forced to return to the case of Al-Kosheh, as a new controversy has erupted in the wake of the court rulings, issued in February. Of the 96 defendants tried in the case, only four were convicted.

Al-Kosheh remains a hot issue for the Copts abroad, particularly in the US. Only a few days before President Mubarak's visit to Washington, extremist Coptic groups stepped up their anti-Egyptian campaign and in the US, the Coptic community reportedly organised a "black coffin demonstration" during which protesters carried 20 empty coffins draped in black and raised banners urging the US administration to "stop the war on Copts in Egypt".

It was noted that this year's papal statement maintained a slightly harsher tone than last year. Aside from the Al-Kosheh rulings, Pope Shenouda took on other tough issues, including the destruction of a building affiliated to the Shubra Al-Kheima church and the much-criticised law requiring permission of the president to build or restore churches. "I don't deny that there are problems," Shenouda conceded, "but they are like any other problems that take place in any country in the world."

Most importantly, the pope emphasised President Mubarak's role in helping to solve the difficulties faced by Copts, saying that problems are "settled and resolved as soon as the president knows about them." Shenouda cited the destruction of the Shubra Al-Kheima building as an example. Addressing the Coptic community outside of Egypt, the pope said: "You were upset when this happened, and we too were upset. We talked to the president about it and it was resolved on the very same day. The building was reconstructed immediately."

On the Al-Kosheh rulings, the pope noted that this was a judicial ruling, which the president has nothing to do with. "The rulings have been contested before a superior judicial body; we cannot ask the state for more than that. We have to wait for the results," the pope said.

The visit by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom last week is closely associated with Coptic groups lobbying for support in the US. The three commission members charged with gauging the status of religious discrimination against the Coptic minority received a cool welcome and triggered a strong reaction from both Muslim and Coptic leaders in Egypt. During a meeting with the commission, Shenouda stressed that Egypt's Copts do not face systematic persecution.

He is not alone in his claim. Safwat El-Bayadi, president of the Protestant Churches of Egypt, also spoke of the common history and culture that binds Muslims and Christians together in Egypt. "In villages all the people, Christian and Muslim, share the available resources," El-Bayadi told Al-Ahram Weekly. "A piece of land may be owned by a Christian, but it is given to Muslims to cultivate. At the harvest, all share the crops together." El-Bayadi pointed to the freedom to congregate and meet at any time as just one expression of the freedom to worship in Egypt. He added that in new cities, the government not only allows the building of churches, but also donates land for the construction of places of worship. "Our hospitals and clinics are appreciated," El-Bayadi said. "Our schools enjoy strong support. In some areas land has been donated to build new schools."

The stance of Coptic community leaders is clear, but the important question remains: will Copts outside of Egypt heed their call for tolerance and support? Will they "act in one spirit," as the pope urged? "Quite unlikely," answers Samir Murqus, former head of the Middle East Church Council. Though it is only a minority of the Coptic community that orchestrates this anti-Egypt campaign, Murqus said, they are not going to listen to the pope because they have a "vested interest" in portraying Egypt as a minority-persecuting country. "What the rest of the community should know is that they are definitely not doing this for free," Murqus said.

It is people like you David the " Crusaders of Dispora " as you call yourselves who want see Egypt become more divided because you have you own agendas and are on certain payrolls . Just attacking people for the sake of it. David I don't know how old you are but I hope you are young because boy have you got a lot to learn ! my advice is to start to read the bible alone without any extremist books , blog etc. You might find light at the end of the tunnel and it might be very bright so watch out .

At 4:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I want to know is, wow the heck do Muslims get everyone to kiss their butts?? They outlaw churches in Saudi Arabia and yet these muslim camel herders are allowed to send billions in oil money to build mosques in America! Absolutely amazing!!

What they've done to the State Department (U.S. Department of Dhimmitude) is just one example.

At 11:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saudi Arabia: Court Orders Eye to Be Gouged Out
Torture Sentence for Indian Migrant Worker Follows Clash With Saudi Citizen
(New York, December 9, 2005) – King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia should take urgent steps to ensure that a court sentence to gouge out a migrant worker's eye is not carried out, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Greater Shari`a Court of Dammam sentenced Puthan Veettil `Abd ul-Latif Noushad, an Indian citizen, to be punished by having his right eye gouged out in retribution for his role in a brawl in April 2003 in which a Saudi citizen was injured. A court of appeal in Riyadh has reportedly merely asked whether the Saudi man would accept monetary compensation instead.

"This literal eye-for-an-eye sentence is torture masquerading as justice," said Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East division. "King Abdullah must prevent the imposition of corporal punishment in violation of the country's obligations under international law."

Saudi Arabia acceded to the Convention against Torture in 1997. However, Noushad’s case is the third known instance over the past year in which a Saudi court has issued a sentence of eye-gouging, Human Rights Watch said. Saudi law allows for maiming, including the severing of limbs and severe flogging, as judicial punishments.

The injured Saudi man, Nayif al-`Utaibi, has so far insisted that the sentence be carried out, refusing to pardon Noushad or accept monetary compensation. Noushad's Saudi employer, Abu Muhammad al-`Umri, has reportedly offered to pay over $25,000 in compensation. He told Human Rights Watch that he had no faith that the appeals court would overturn the verdict, and that only a pardon could save Noushad's eye unless the plaintiff decides to accept compensation.

Noushad worked at a shop near a gas station outside Dammam. One witness to the altercation between the two men told Human Rights Watch that on the morning of April 1, 2003, Noushad told `Utaibi that he would not be able to obtain a refund once he used the jumper cable he had just purchased. When `Utaibi demanded a refund after using the cable, Noushad advised him to speak to the shop owner, who was not there at the time. The witness said `Utaibi replied heatedly that he could not wait that long and lunged at Noushad. In the course of the ensuing struggle, Noushad struck `Utaibi on the head with the cable, hitting his eye. Bystanders called the police, who arrested Noushad on `Utaibi's testimony, and called an ambulance for `Utaibi.

During the trial, Noushad claimed that he was acting in self-defense and did not intend to injure `Utaibi, according to acquaintances of Noushad who are familiar with the proceedings. The witness, also a worker from India, told Human Rights Watch that the court refused to admit his testimony backing up Noushad's account.

The judge reportedly said that non-Saudis were barred from testifying in cases involving Saudis. Noushad’s Saudi employer confirmed that the judge did not fully take into account the circumstances of the brawl. Noushad did not have a lawyer
during trial, but his Saudi sponsor retained legal representation for the appeals phase.

"The court's verdict virtually allows Saudi citizens to assault migrant workers with impunity," Stork said.

News of the verdict has caused a political uproar in India. On December 6, the day after the verdict was made public, the chief minister of Kerala state, Oommen Chandy, promised to raise the case with Saudi authorities. The Indian embassy in Riyadh has announced it will appeal to King Abdullah for clemency.

On September 16, 2004, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported that a court in Tabuk ordered the right eye of Muhammad `Ayid Sulaiman al-Fadili al-Balawi to be gouged out, but gave him the option of paying compensation within one year. In 2001, Balawi had intervened when he saw youths pelting his brother with stones. In response, he also threw stones, hitting one youth in the eye and causing him to lose vision in one eye. Balawi helped carry the youth to the hospital. Two months before the sentence was to be carried out, he had managed to collect only 550,000 Saudi riyals (US$147,000) of the 1.4 million riyals (US$373,000) demanded by the victim. Human Rights Watch was unable to verify whether the sentence had been carried out.

Another Saudi newspaper, ArabNews, reported on December 6 that a court had recently sentenced an Egyptian man in Saudi Arabia to having his eye gouged out after he allegedly threw acid in the face of another man, who subsequently lost his eyesight.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are the only known countries that consider eye-gouging a legitimate judicial punishment. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, has stated that "any form of corporal punishment is contrary to the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

At 3:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the reason that there are no Churches in Saudi is that it is the holy land for Moslems. I don't get why you want to a mosque in Saudi and if you don't like it then DON'T GO !!! why don't you see Moslems calling for a mosque to built in the Vatican city !!.
Get real and stop this Anti Moslem life you are living .

At 3:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys should call yourselves "The Copts terrorists" instead of the "The Free Copts" you give Coptic Christians a bad name. All the messages posted i have read are full of hate and evil. This is not how we should be .

At 5:09 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

Anonymous - Watch out for the speck in your OWN eye!

"Copts terroritsts?" You're joking, right?!

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