Friday, October 28, 2005

Grand Imam of Al Azhar: Attacking the church was wrong

Sheikh Muhammad Sayed Tantawi, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar told "Al Masry Al Youm" Egyptian newspaper that he met with H. H. Pope Shenouda III in an attempt to contain the situation in Alexandria, and added "This incident is pre-planned, and certain groups are behind it attempting to cause sectarian tensions and violence" . Tantawi also affirmed" Attacking the church was wrong, it is everyone's duty to reaffirm that we are brethren living in the same country".

Criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood group, the Grand Imam said " I hope that the Muslim brotherhood group would stay out of it in order to avoid the deterioration of the situation"

Tantawi is known for his moderation and is constantly criticized by some Egyptian newspapers known for their incitement against the West and non-Muslims in general.

Demonstration in Cairo

Some Muslims are currently demonstrating outside St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Helipolis, Cairo chanting "Islam is the answer"

Update: 6:22 PM Egypt time (12:22 PM EST)
The small number of people who gathered outside the church were dispersed

Tension in Alexandria

Fearing a recurrence of demonstrations around St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Moharam Bek, Alexandria, security forces are currently surrounding the church for protection against any possible attacks. Copts in the area are afraid they might be targeted today since many of their homes were marked with an (X) sign, some of them have already left the town out of fear.

The governor of Alexandria, Mr. Abdel-Salam Al Mahjoub tried to reassure citizens by touring the streets of Alexandria over the past couple of days and participated in removing the (X) signs by himself.
We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day and keep you posted

Pray for peace in Alexandria today

Demonstration planned in Paris

Coptic and Human Rights organizations in Europe are planning a joint demonstration in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Paris on Monday 10/31/2005 at 4:30 PM to protest the ongoing injustices against Coptic Christians in Egypt.

Face à l'Ambassade d'Egypte
56 Avenue d'Iéna
75016 PARIS
Métro IENA

Time: Monday, October 31, 2005

Participating organizations:

- ACKA (Association des Chrétiens originaires de Kabylie et leurs Amis)
- ADH (Action Droits de l’Homme)
- AFEMO (Association Francophone d'Etudes du Moyen-Orient)
- Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights, Europe
- Copts United Zurich (Organisation internationale de défense des intérêts des Coptes)
- CSI International et CSI-France (Christian Solidarity International)
- TAMAZGHA (Organisation internationale de défense des intérêts des Imazighen)
- UK Copts Association (Association des Coptes du Royaume-Uni)

To contact organizers:

15 Rue Montmartre
75001 PARIS
Tel 01 45 85 09 13


15 Avenue du Bel Air
75012 PARIS
Tel 01 30 37 06 29

Thursday, October 27, 2005

H.H. Pope Shenouda III breaks down in tears

Addressing the recent problems that Coptic Christians are facing in Egypt and the escalating violence against them, H. H. Pope Shenouda III, the Coptic Patriarch broke down in tears last night (October 26, 2005) at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt

As H.H. was saying: "In all difficulties that surround us, we (always) cast any problem before God and leave it in His hands, and tell Him: Your will be done,..if You want to solve the problem, let it be Your will, but if You want us to receive the blessings of carrying a cross......) then the Pope broke down in tears
Watch the film footage of H.H. (minutes 5:19 to 7:44 of the attached video)

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قداسة البابا الأنبا شنودة الثالث يبكي أثناء عظته الأسبوعية أمس
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كلنا خلفك يا قداسة البابا ، نردد معك لتكن مشيئة الله
مرنمين خلفك المزمور 52 ضد كل من افترى عليك وعلى الكنيسة وعلى الشعب القبطي قائلين
لماذا تفتخر بالشر ايها الجبار. رحمة الله هي كل يوم
لسانك يخترع مفاسد كموسى مسنونة يعمل بالغش
احببت الشر اكثر من الخير. الكذب اكثر من التكلم بالصدق. سلاه
احببت كل كلام مهلك ولسان غش
ايضا يهدمك الله الى الابد. يخطفك ويقلعك من مسكنك ويستأصلك من ارض الاحياء. سلاه
فيرى الصديقون ويخافون وعليه يضحكون
هوذا الانسان الذي لم يجعل الله حصنه بل اتكل على كثرة غناه واعتزّ بفساده
اما انا فمثل زيتونة خضراء في بيت الله. توكلت على رحمة الله الى الدهر والابد
احمدك الى الدهر لانك فعلت وانتظر اسمك فانه صالح قدام اتقيائك

Video of Mass Rioting, Destruction of Churches and Burning Bibles

International Christian Union and The American Coptic Association

October 27, 2005

Copts Release Video of Mass Rioting, Destruction of Churches and Bibles

UNION CITY, NJ: Fearing a repeat of the recent riots against the Coptic Church in Alexandria, which left four dead, over 80 wounded and seven churches defaced, the International Christian Union (ICU) and American Coptic Association (ACA) are calling on the U.S. Government and the United Nations to take immediate action to stop the bloodshed and destruction of churches.

Exclusive video footage released by the ICU/ACA today, reveals the destruction of the Assemblies of God Church for Evangelical Copts in Moharam Bek, on Friday, Oct. 21.

"We are receiving numerous reports that Fanatic Muslim groups are planning to surround the Alexandria churches again on Friday, Oct.28, and at the end of Ramadan on the following Tuesday, promising the death of Christians and the continued destruction of churches throughout Egypt," Dr. Monir Dawoud, president of the ICU/ACA, said.

Dawoud faults the security forces for encouraging violence by first "giving the green light to the mob," and then failing to control the resulting riots. "If the momentum of the riots is allowed to continue, the crowds will be impossible to contain," Dawoud said.

Over 5,000 Muslims demonstrated outside of the Alexandria Coptic Orthodox Church last Friday to protest the production of a drama staged at the church two years ago. The protestors say the play blasphemes Islam. According to recent statements by the Coptic Church, however, the play does not defame Islam

Copts and other minorities in Egypt are continually subjected to physical and verbal harassment by extremist Muslim groups. Yet we do not destroy their houses of worship or call for bloodshed," said Amgad Zakhari, one of the youth leaders with the ICU/ACA.

In addition to the protests, the Egyptian newspaper, El Fagr, published threats made by Muslim radicals against the Coptic Pope Shenouda III. According to this report, Muslim radicals publicly announced their threats through mosques in the outskirts of the city of Alexandria and were calling for the death of the Pope in revenge for an alleged insult to Islam's prophet.

The ICU and the ACA are planning a demonstration in front of the UN next week to protest the persecution of Christians in Egypt

Contact: Freedom Now Communications,

Australian Copts pray for peace in Alexandria

Media Release
27th October 2005
Coptic Orthodox Christian Church, Sydney Australia

Australian Copts pray for peace in Alexandria, Egypt where attacks have been directed at some of our churches there - we ask God to grant wisdom and support to the Egyptian Government to maintain peace in the region.

In light of these events His Grace Bishop Daniel, Bishop of the Diocese of Sydney & Affiliated Regions has declared a three day communal fast for the Coptic congregation in Sydney and Affiliated Regions on Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of November 2005, accompanied by liturgies on each day.

His Grace was quoted saying:"our beloved children: the priests, all priesthood ranks and the congregation in the Diocese of Sydney and Affiliated Regions, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and China: Peace and Grace be with you. I am quite sure that you all know the benefit of communal fasting; it brings upon us the Lord's mercies

This fasting will be for the peace and unity of our Coptic Orthodox Church. In our prayers during the fasting, we will also pray for the peace of the whole world and the unity of its nations."

For further information please contact any of the listed Sydney Coptic Media Officers:
Fr Gabriel Yassa: 0411 555195
Mr Peter Tadros, Secretary: 0411 344 771


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Barbaric Hurricanes Hit Alexandria

In the last couple of days, the Egyptian city of Alexandria witnessed angry demonstrations organized by Muslims to protest a play they claimed insulted Islam.

During these demonstrations, a nun was stabbed in the back, and so was the man who rushed in her help. Meanwhile, a large number of Muslims attacked the church where they claimed the play was shown.

They tried breaking into the church after having thrown it with stones, which caused the destruction of its windows.

The play mentioned is not new. It took place in the church two years earlier and did not cause any problems at that time, since no one had heard of it at that time.

The latest tension started as the word spread that the play was being sold on CDs, which angered Muslims and caused them, as is always the case, to rely on violence.

The play, titled "I was blind and now I can see", tells the story of a Christian young man who converted to Islam and joined Islamic radical group, but who having realized his mistake and refused to kill Christian priests and burn churches as the group leaders told him, eventually decides to return to his original faith.

The oppressor asks the victim to apologize

As if not satisfied with their barbaric reaction, the Muslims went on to ask H.H. Pope Shenouda III, the Coptic Patriarch, to apologize. But the Pope refused and denied that the play includes any offense against religious symbols.

In a statement, H.H. declared that some groups are trying to initiate sectarian tension and harm Egypt’s national unity. The statement also mentioned that the play was shown for only one day two years ago within the church complex and not a single Muslim had attanded it.

Furthermore, it did not address religious symbols but rather religious extremism. The statement further noted that the play did not cause any tensions two years ago and that bringing up the topic nowadays aim at destroying Egypt’s national unity. The Coptic Pope’s statement wondered if it makes any sense to neglect the responsibility of the newspapers that initiate sectarian tensions and instead accuse Christians of the rumors spread by those newspapers that Islam was insulted. Finally, the statement blamed the demonstrators of surrounding the church, banging violently against its doors and shouting provocative statements , which scared those who were praying inside.

The Copts as the Elections' Scape Goat

On the other hand, the Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, denied any insluts on the CD against Islam and urged all Egyptians to ignore rumors, noting that some are trying to cause sectarian tensions and to claim that the relationships between Egypt’s Muslims and Christians are fragile in order to make personal benefits or electoral propaganda regardless of the country’s interests.

The situation had indubitably its effects on the electoral race in Alexandria, since the different candidates made sure to comment on it. Thus, in that respect, the Christian candidate Maher Khella told AFP (Agence France Presse) that the demonstrators burnt copies of the Holy Bible and added that this is totally unacceptable and we cannot even accept apologies for such acts.
Furthermore, he confirmed that he asked the (ruling) National Democratic Party to which he belongs to withdraw his candidacy documents to alleviate the tension.
Khella also stressed that the play that initiated the demonstrations did not include any offense towards Islam.

Meanwhile, an Alexandrian priest said the fearful Christians in the North of the country closed their shops and remained home following the violent demonstrations that took place outside the church. Father Yohanna Naseef told Reuters that the demonstrators destroyed many shops and burnt many cars that belonged to Christians. He also said the door of a small church in Moharram Bey’s neighborhood was destroyed. Father Yohanna further confirmed that the play entitles I was blind and now I can see was produced by a young men more than two years ago, and that some extremists have lately uploaded it to the internet. The Coptic priest also said that the play addressed and opposed extremism and fundamentalism and that it was based on the movie El Erhaby (The Terrorist) that was produced in the nineties, starring the famous Egyptian actor Adel Imam.

The reasons behind the attacks are known

If it were indeed true that the play pictured the return of the prodigal son to his home, after the radical Muslims urged him to burn churches and attack Christian priests, then those demonstrating Muslims have proved - by their barbaric reaction and their attack on the Coptic nun - that all what appeared in that play was not mere imagination of some amateurs but rather the truth reflected by the ugly teachings they receive in mosques.

In fact, those Muslims never needed such a play to attack or justify attacking Christians. Their attacks took place over the course of many years and are still taking place as part of an organized plan to force Christians out of their native countries. The radical Muslims will not relax as long as there is one Copt on the Coptic Land of Egypt. All the Islamic attacks to which Copts were and still are subject have no justification, except the hatred that inhabits their hearts and that they learn from their Islamic literature.

It’s about time for the free world to interfere

These aggressions on the lives of Egypt’s Christians and on their churches and stores, as well as harassing them, discriminating against them and kidnapping their daughters, became part of their daily sufferings. It’s about time for the UN and for the free nations of the world to put and end to these tragedies.

Two days ago, the Egyptian authorities arrested one hundred of those who encouraged the violence in front of the church, but what’s next? They will be released, and some maybe detained for a couple of months then released to continue their attacks.

We saw this happening numerous times before, one of which followed the massacre of El Kosheh where 21 Christians were murdered and not a single Muslim was punished.

Arresting a number of Muslim criminals is no longer satisfying. The entire Egyptian educational system needs to be changed. The sermons of the imams in mosques, where the hearts of the Muslims are fueled with hatred against the Copts and all non-Muslims , must be considered a crime punishable by law. And more important, Copts must be treated equal citizens, just like other Egyptians, all discriminatory laws against them must be abolished.

Until all this takes place, the Egyptian authorities must be denied any international aid. The billions of dollars that are offered to the Egyptian government from the pockets of the American tax-payers should not be given to the riminals but rather to the victim, or at least -for God sake, link these grants in billions each year that Egypt receives from the USA to the process of democracy and respect for human rights.


* Translation of an Arabic article titled "Barbaric Hurricanes Hit Alexandria"

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A "Symbolic" Coptic demonstration in New York

A group of Copts will demonstrate in front of the Egyptian Consulate in New York on Wednesday, October 26th to protest the escalating events against Coptic Christians in Egypt.

The demonstration will take place from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in front of the Consulate located at 1110 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (Second avenue & 59 Street)
Tel: (212)759-7122 / (212)759-7121 / (212)759-7120

According to organizers, Copts will also ask for an apology for the Islamic invasion and occupation of their land on the seventh century, and for the massacres that followed against their ancestors; specially those in the delta region in Egypt where Muslim occupiers massacred thousands of Coptic men and enslaved women and children who were later on sent to Baghdad, the then center of Islamic Caliphate . Muslims also owe Christians and Jews an apology for the curses included in the Quran and Hadiths of Muhammad in addition to insults on daily basis in Egypt through mosques loud speakers and in the national press and TV stations.

After forced conversions, here comes "Forced Fasting"

Muslims in Gheit El Enab, Alexandria ganged up against a Coptic young man and beat him up because they were offended by him eating a sandwich during the day on Ramadan!. Police forces rushed to the scene and arrested the Coptic individual along with some of those who attacked him. Non-Muslims are usually forced to ‘respect’ Ramadan and abstain from eating or drinking in public in order to avoid offending Muslims.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Muslim radicals threaten to kill Pope Shenouda III

H.H. Pope Shenouda III

EL FAGR Egyptian newspaper published threats made by Muslim radicals against the Pope of Alexandria. According to the newspaper, Muslim radicals publicly announced their threats through small mosques in the outskirts of the city of Alexandria and regarded the bloodshed of H.H. Pope Shenouda III as Halal (permissible) in revenge for what they considered an insult to Islam's prophet.
This is a copy of the front page of the newspaper

On the other hand, the "Mother of All Radicals" or the so called "Muslim Brotherhood" group has been giving out flyers inciting the Muslims to revenge the honor of their prophet

It is worthy to note that some European governments regard this group as moderate !!! hereunder is a copy of the flyer where you can see their slogan of moderation at the top; and in case these European governments want to know what it is , it's a (Quran between two swords)!! with their creed (Death for the sake of Allah is our utmost desire) and right below that a Quranic verse reading " Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to terrorize the enemies of Allah and your enemies” Quran 8:60

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Coptic Pope issues a statement

Pope Shenouda III, issued a statement in which he refused to "Blame Christians based on rumors" spread by some Egyptian newspapers . The statement also denied allegations that the play had defamed Islam or the Quran and blamed "This kind of press that is seeking to create sectarian strife in Egypt" in addition "the play criticized extremism and radicalism" the statement added.

Two Egyptian newspapers; namely Al Osboa and Al Maydan had published reports inciting Muslims against the Copts and the Coptic church when they claimed that the play insulted Islam.

Al Osboa newspaper is known for its anti-Christian and anti-Semitic propaganda, it's editor in chief Mustafa Bakry and in issue number 265 here: called suicide bombers "the soldiers of Allah" and called Jews "Descendants of apes and pigs", he also threatened that there are over 300 million suicide bombers awaiting to blow themselves up, not only that but he also called for the declaration of Jihad

This newspaper is given out for free in Arabic stores in New York and New Jersey, yet the FBI seem to not pay attention to the content of this publication. So please call the FBI and alert them about it, and also call the companies and businesses that advertise in it and ask them to withdraw their ads supporting such racist and terrorism supporting newspaper

The person in charge of the newspaper in the USA is
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Calm "after" the storm in Alexandria

Click here to watch segments of the demonstration in Alexandria *

3 people were killed and over 80 others were wounded in yesterday's demonstrations, and according to eyewitnesses; many Christians' owned shops and jewelry stores located on Isis street, Ragheb Street and in Ghorbal district were looted and/ or set on fire , many vehicles were also set on fire including police vehicles and 3 fire trucks

Security forces were chasing demonstrators from one street to another when demonstrators wanted to raid into 2 other Coptic churches in Ghorbal district.

Demonstrations have come to an end on Saturday morning , with heavy police presence in many districts of Alexandria

There is a strong belief among many moderate Muslims and Christians that State Security Intelligence instigated the demonstrations on October 13, 2005 when radical Muslims went to their headquarters in Alexandria complaining about the distribution of a CD of a play that took place 2 years ago at St. George church, which they viewed as derogatory to Islam and instead of trying to see what's on the CD they told the radicals to "Take revenge for your faith by yourselves".

Al Dustor Egyptian newspaper published a report revealing the involvement of the Egyptian State Security Intelligence (SSI) in Alexandria in instigating the crowd on October 14th, 2005

The Coptic church is still adhering to its position that it will not provide an apology as there was nothing wrong in the play as they say.

Copts also tolerate the constant attacks and smearing of their faith through the loud speakers of mosques all over Egypt. Many Imams of Egyptian mosques use the loud speakers as a tool to let their frustration out on Christians by calling them names and associating them with Zionism and the Crusades. Jews are also referred to as descendants of apes and pigs.

* (The crowd chanting: Allah is greatest, This is an "infidel" government, other chants not included in these segments were" There is no God but Allah, Christians are the enemies of Allah)