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Muslim Cleric Calls for Jihad, Copts Attacked

Saturday, August 21, 2010 (2:38 pm)
Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Africa, Egypt

by Joseph C. DeCaro, Worthy News International Corespondent

SHIMI, EGYPT (Worthy News)– During Friday prayers, Imam Sheikh Tobah called for jihad against all Christians living in the Egyptian village of Shimi.

Christian Copts were assaulted over the next two days; 11 were hospitalized and many Copt youths were arrested.

The assaults began only hours after the Imam’s incitement.  Security forces took the first Copt victims to a police station where they were pressured into accepting "reconciliation" with their attackers, but no Muslims were arrested.

"I was told by the security authorities that for the sake of the Holy month of Ramadan, everyone ought to make peace," said Reverend Ezra Nageh. (But) "I was against reconciliation, because I know that the culprits know that they can assault Copts, and in the end, it will boil down to Copts giving up all their rights with the reconciliation sessions."

The next day, Muslims again attacked the houses of the Copts; they beat the inhabitants and also any Copts found in the fields.

"We are forced into reconciliation and in less than 24 hours, we are assaulted again," said Ghali Tawfik, one of the Copt victims.

"They have humiliated us," said Maher Amin. "We were beaten and we could not do anything about it. We are weak and helpless and have to accept reconciliation. They will next come to our homes and rape our women, and we will not be able to do anything about it."

After Police released the Copt victims who were initially detained at the station, they then arrested three Copt youths on old charges and transferred them to (Egyptian) State Security, but Ezra said State Security is employing an old trick: detaining innocent Copts and fabricating crimes against them in order to force the church into accepting reconciliation.

"They attack us today and force reconciliation on us," said Ezra. "Are they waiting for us to be killed tomorrow and then they would think about the rule of law?"

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  • knightemplar2

    Islam is dying, and dying fast. This is what sheikh al-Qataani said on al-Jazeera TV: "We are living a tragedy sir, by Allah we are living a tragedy, by Allah we are living a tragedy."

  • Cromulent

    It would be nice if you were right, knightemplar2. I am not so sanguine. This story just illustrates the common wages of Islam.

    • knightemplar2@

      This is not what I'm saying, this is what a prominent muslim sheikh said on a notorious muslim TV channel. Muslims are coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers. This is a fact, but no one is talking about it, at least not on the mainstream media.
      By the way, does anyone know if Father Zakaria Boutros' channel is still online? I've been trying to find it on the net but in vain. Thank you.

  • Mary

    Wow. The phrase "turn the other cheek" is so often misunderstood. Much like the Book of Revelation, the imagery and symbolism is from the culture at the time. You have to stand up to evil twice in order to have both cheeks slapped. Sounds like it is time for unity in fasting and prayer (think Book of Esther) for Coptic Christians, indeed all Christians.

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