Saturday, January 07, 2006

Orthodox Christians Mark Christmas

Orthodox Christians Mark Christmas

Friday, January 06, 2006

To contact "Free Copts"

If you would like to contact "Free Copts", please send a message to our only and sole e-mail address , which is : 4copts@gmail.com

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عنوان بريدنا الالكترونى الوحيد هو
اذا وصلتك رسالة من العنوان التالى
فرجاء ملاحظة ان هذه الرسالة ليست مبعوثة من موقعنا
كل عام وأنتم بخير
الأقباط الأحرار

How the Terrorists Get In

By Steven A. Camarota

In the aftermath of September 11, a host of federal agencies have come under intense scrutiny.

The Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Central Intelligence Agency have all been charged with responsibility for failures leading up to the attacks. In each case, the culture within the agency, as well as its mission, policies, and procedures, has been examined in a variety of public forums.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has also been excoriated for several spectacular gaffs - most infamously, for sending notification to a Florida flight school that two of the hijackers had been approved as students six months after their deaths. But there has been no comparable effort to examine the failures of our immigration system.

For example, all of the September 11 hijackers were issued visas, but there have been no extensive congressional hearings or investigations by the General Accounting Office or the Office of the Inspector General to determine whether the State Department, which issued the visas, erred in any way.

Probably the most infamous person to be mistakenly issued a visa is Egypt-born Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. Although on the watch list, Rahman was issued a tourist visa because consular employees in Khartoum, Sudan, did not properly check the list.

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And now, Amro Khalid gets a visa to the US

Here are very few quotes from Amro's official website:

1- This is followed by the ayah with the clear, broad command that excludes no one where Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “March out, light and heavy! And strive with your riches and yourselves in the way of Allah” (TMQ, 9:41). In order for the disbelievers to turn on their heels and repent, we need to fight them. Thus, the Muslims’ struggle against them is an aid for them to repent, and head back to Allah's way. Consequently, the Muslims’ failure to fight is a reason for the disbelievers to stay astray


2- The fourth section deals with the legislation of fighting in the way of Allah and rules of Jihad. Allah says what can be translated as, “And fight in the way of Allah the ones who fight you, but do not transgress; surely Allah does not love the transgressors. And kill them wherever you catch them, and drive them out from where they drove you out…” (TMQ 2:190 - 191). The ayahs emphasize the inevitability of Jihad to preserve Allah’s methodology and stress on the necessity of spending money on Jihad (i.e. in the cause of Allah) “ And expend in the way of Allah; and do not cast (yourselves) by your (own) hands into perdition (i.e., by neglecting to expend in the way of Allah, ), (TMQ 2:195).

This methodology requires fighting (in the way of Allah) in order to protect Islam from its enemies and foes who hinder its progress

3- Obedience in Jihad (fighting for the sake of Allah) The Surah is called the Surah of fighting because the word ‘fighting’ is abundantly mentioned in it. Fighting is one of the most difficult commands to be obeyed. Hence, it seems as if the Surah is stressing that Jihad for the sake of Allah (SWT) is a true testimony to the sincere following of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS).

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Launch of the New Zealand Coptic Association

The New Zealand Coptic Association is a non-profit organization that defends the human rights and aims to represent our political interests and spread information about the Coptic identity , the history of Egypt and the contemporary ordeal of the Copts in Egypt

The New Zealand Coptic Association is also proud to be the third Coptic organization to display the Coptic Flag on its website.

If you would like to become a member of the association, or if you would like to contact them please e-mail : mena@eskander.co.nz.

Congratulations to the New Zealand Coptic community.

The Institute on Religion and Democracy Condemns Massacre of Sudanese

The Institute on Religion and Democracy


IRD Condemns Massacre of Sudanese Refugees in Cairo:
Rally at Egyptian Embassy Thursday
Washington, DC, January 4, 2006: The Institute on Religion & Democracy's Church Alliance for a New Sudan (CANS) today condemned the massacre of Sudanese refugees late last week in Cairo. In an extraordinarily underreported incident on Friday, December 30, 2005, thousands of Egyptian security police assaulted some 2,500 plus Sudanese men, women, and children who were camped across from the offices of U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Sources, including the Cairo representative of the Government of Southern Sudan and respected Sudan expert Professor Eric Reeves, now indicate that as many as 265 people died in the attack and a New York Times story depicts the plight of hundreds of others whose fate is unknown.
IRD is co-sponsoring a demonstration at the Egyptian Embassy, 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, , January 5, from 11AM to 2PM to protest the deaths.
The demonstration is being organized by the SPLM/USA and the Nuba Mountains International Association. "This is just the latest indication of the Egyptian government’s callous attitude towards African Sudanese," said CANS director Faith McDonnell.
A petition to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and a letter to the U.S. Congress, signed by thousands of Sudanese around the world, detail the conditions that prompted Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers to camp outside the U.N. office in Cairo. "Without your immediate intervention, Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers will continue to languish in the den of murderous brutality in Egypt and end up like the Tutsis in Rwanda and Bosnians in Serbia," the petition urges Secretary General Annan.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Video of MSNBC channel interview

Click here to watch immigration attorney Caroline Doss on MSNBC TV channel talking about denying visas to Coptic applicants while granting them to a controversial Muslim cleric, which constitutes a threat to American National Security.

Will the Egyptian authorities get away with their massacre against the refugees?

Egypt is still lying about the cause of death of refugees and claims it was due to a stampede as we reported here

Egypt to Deport Sudanese Asylum-Seekers
By VOA News

Egypt says it plans to deport some 650 Sudanese asylum-seekers dispersed by police from a make-shift camp in downtown Cairo last week.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Fatma el-Zahraa Etman, said that those set for deportation on Thursday were found to be illegal immigrants or had broken Egyptian law.

The Sudanese migrants were among a group of about 1,000 who clashed with police last week. Twenty-seven people were killed in the violence. Egyptian officials said the deaths were caused by a stampede, but witnesses said police beat the Sudanese

Cairo Massacre at 265 Dead?

Habib Al A'dly, the Egyptian Minister of Interior should be brought to trial for crimes against humanity

يجب محاكمة حبيب العادلى ، جزار وزارة الداخلية المصرية عن هذه الجريمة المروعة ضد الإنسانية والتى أودت بحياة 265 لاجئ سودانى حتى الآن حسب الأرقام التى صرح بها ممثل الحركة الشعبية لتحرير السودان فى القاهرة


Sudanese and the friends of the people of Sudan will be demonstrating tomorrow, Thursday January 5, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in front of the Egyptian embassy in Washington DC

الشعب السودانى سيتظاهر امام السفارة المصرية فى واشنطن غدا الخميس الساعة 11 صباحا


By Eric Reeves

Cairo representative of the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement has reported, on behalf of the SPLM Committee in Cairo, the results of a canvassing of area hospitals:

180 dead at Giza Hospital
27 dead at Zeinhom Hospital
35 dead at Manshiet El Bakry Hospital
23 dead at Kasr El Eini Hospital

This represents a total of 265 dead; the Egyptian regime is cleaving to a figure about a tenth of this. There is no authoritative independent casualty figure, nor will this repressive regime allow for such.

Monday, January 02, 2006

American Media Debates Coptic Visa Issue

Immigration attorney Caroline Doss on MSNBC TV channel talking about denying visas to Coptic applicants while granting them to controversial Muslim clerics, which constitutes a threat to American National Security
المحامية كارولين دوس على التليفزيون الامريكى تناقش قضية الطريقة التى يعامل بها بعض الأقباط حين يتقدمون للحصول على الفيزا من السفارة الأمريكية فى الوقت الذىتُمنح فيه الفيزا لأئمة ودعاة يثيرون لغطا حول الجهاد ومحاربة الكفار وهو ما يمثل تهديدا للأمن القومى الأمريكى
مازلنا نشجع كل من لديه شكوى عن طريقة معاملته فى السفارة الأمريكية ان يرسل الينا بتفاصيل شكواه على العنوان الالكترونى التالى
معلوماتكم ستظل سرية

Sudanese in U.S. Condemn Police Brutality of Refugees in Cairo


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2006

Contact: Sabit Alley at sabit285@aol.com or (732) 236-3219

The Sudanese Community in the U.S. Condemns the Police Brutality of Refugees
Survivors say over 50 Killed


TRENTON, NJ: Members of the South Sudanese Community in the U.S. are outraged by the murder of their fellow country men in Cairo by the Egyptian security forces. Reports from surviving refugees in Cairo say that, contrary to most news reports, the number killed has risen to over 50 and this number may continue to rise as more bodies are discovered.

The South Sudanese Community in the U.S. condemns, in the strongest terms, the brutal use of force by the Egyptian security forces, which has resulted in the killing of innocent Sudanese in the Egyptian capital. We also condemn the actions of the UNHCR for collaborating with the Egyptian police and for its continued failure to protect these refugees.

The problem began early Friday morning when Egyptian police attacked the refugees who had been peacefully camping on the UNHCR compound for the last three months. Many of them had suffered discrimination in Egypt for several years and had made numerous complaints about their plight in Egypt to the UNHCR, but were ignored.
Their complaints listed the abuses meted on them by the Egyptian authorities and the general public, the denial of basic services such as health, education, employment and, above all, the official recognition as refugees.
The problem began early Friday morning when Egyptian police attacked the refugees who had been peacefully camping on the UNHCR compound for the last three months. Many of them had suffered discrimination in Egypt for several years and had made numerous complaints about their plight in Egypt to the UNHCR, but were ignored. Their complaints listed the abuses meted on them by the Egyptian authorities and the general public, the denial of basic services such as health, education, employment and, above all, the official recognition as refugees.


The refugees first decided to camp outside of the UNHCR's offices in Cairo last September, because of the UNHCR's continued refusal to listen and address their grievances. The objective of their camp was to draw attention to their suffering and to plead with the U.N. to relocate them to a third country for refuge, but the UNHCR refused to do anything.

According to reports from refugees, who were eyewitnesses to the violence and managed to escape, the officers not only sprayed hot water on the refugees, but beat them with batons and fired gun shots at them. As a result, the police killed a number of refugees and injured many others. A large number of those who were not killed, were bundled up into waiting buses and driven off to undisclosed locations in the Egyptian desert.

"We are receiving numerous reports that the Egyptian security forces are now searching for and rounding up South Sudanese refugees in the city to be taken to these undisclosed locations," said Sabit Alley, a leader in the South Sudanese Community in the U.S.

Knowing the brutality of the Egyptian security forces in the past, the Sudanese Community in the US is concerned that their kinsmen in Egypt are being tortured in locations where journalists and human rights groups are denied access. We are also concerned that the Egyptian government, in concert with the UNHCR, may forcefully deport refugees to Sudan, where they had escaped religious, racial and political victimization and persecution, and where these highly oppressive conditions still exist despite Sudan's peace agreement to end its north-south civil war.

The South Sudanese Community of the U.S. requests that the U.S. government and the international community intervene in this crisis and:

1- Appoint an independent international body to investigate the circumstances surrounding the wanton and barbaric murder of innocent South Sudanese refugees in Cairo;
2- Compel the Egyptian government to release all of the refugees who have been taken into detention or to some secret locations outside of Cairo;

3- Demand that the Egyptian government and the UNHCR immediately cease their plans to forcefully deport these refugees against their will to the Sudan;

4- Ask international non-governmental organizations to provide emergency medical and relief services to the wounded and affected refugees;

5- Request that the UNHCR immediately relocate these refugees to a friendly third country where their safety can be guaranteed.
Contact: Sabit Alley: sabit285@aol.com or phone: (732) 236-3219

Sabit Alley is an Associate Representative of the SPLA/M in America and a leader of the South Sudanese Community in the U.S.

A Copt named for governor of Quina

Egyptian president named a Coptic Christian as the governor of Quina province (Quina Governorate) in Upper Egypt

General Magdi Ayoub Iskandar was the only Copt among 26 governors of Egyptian provinces who were sworn in on January 1st, 2006

Many Copts described the move as a “ positive step in the right direction” and urged the Egyptian president to follow on the same path to end an era of exclusion of the Copts from holding high ranking posts.

The Pharaoh and the Rebel

Inside Egypt's crackdown on democracy

Newsweek:

The story behind Hosni Mubarak’s persecution of Egypt’s top opposition leader—and what it means for the country’s democratic reforms