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Ethnic Cleansing of Christians in the Sinai


Christian protesters in the Sinai.

Christian protesters in the Sinai.
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In events being ignored not only by the Egyptian authorities, but also by the mainstream media and human rights organizations in the West, Muslim terrorists have in recent weeks attacked Christian families and forced them out of their homes and businesses in the Sinai town of Rafah. The terrorists have threatened to pursue their jihad against Christians until all of them leave the Sinai.

According to reports from the Sinai, all the Christians who used to live in Rafah have already fled their homes after being targeted by Muslim terrorists.

Christians said that before the Egyptian “revolution,” they enjoyed good relations with their Muslim neighbors and felt safer. But under Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, the Christians in the Sinai were being left alone to confront Muslim gangs by themselves.

Egyptian security forces finally began operating against the terrorists only after 16 border guards were killed several weeks ago, apparently by Muslim jihadis in Sinai. But these forces have not been able to protect the Christian families in Sinai, whose lives been turned into hell ever since the ‘Arab Spring’ arrived in Egypt.

The Egyptian newspaper Al-Yom Al-Sabe (The Seventh Day) revealed that the Christian families were forced to leave Rafah after Muslim terrorists torched the local church. It wrote that the terrorists sprayed graffiti on the walls of the destroyed church calling on Christians to leave Rafah immediately.

The attack on the church was the latest in a series of assaults against Christian-owned homes and businesses.

Ehab Lewis, one of the Christians who fled Rafah, said that not a single Christian has remained in the town. Lewis, a former school teacher, said: “I was in Rafah with my family and we left out of fear for our lives. They threatened to torch my house. They attacked my neighbor’s shop and destroyed everything inside. He too was forced to run away.”

Lewis said that all the Christians in Rafah had received death threats before fleeing. “We were afraid to send our children to school,” he recounted. He and other Christians accused the Egyptian authorities of turning a blind eye to their plight. Instead of confronting the Muslim terrorists, the Egyptian authorities advised the Christian families to move to the town of Al-Arish in Sinai.

“This is not a solution,” said Father Kuzman, a local leader of the Christian community. “Why are we being asked to leave our holy land? The solution is for the authorities to impose law and order and protect their citizens. The government should not leave the border open to armed groups.”

Father Michael George said that the ethnic cleansing of Christians Sinai was taking place as the Egyptian authorities did nothing.

Christian families living in Sinai say they miss the good old days before the “Arab Spring,” when they were able to lead lives that were relatively normal.

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

About the Author: Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades.


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7 Responses to “Ethnic Cleansing of Christians in the Sinai”

  1. Phil Van Dusschoten says:

    Very sad but clearly foretold. It is written that when Christ returns on the clouds that the first thing he does is deal with Egypt. That is the first place on earth that EVERY knee will bow. Isaiah 19:1, Revelation 1:7. Egypt and other Countries currently cleansing themselves of Jews and Christians are going to get punished. The waters (Nile) drying up is a foretold sign but climate change is the excuse of non believers..

  2. Tim Upham says:

    How can they get rid of Saint Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai? It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the second largest Christian library in the world after the Vatican.

  3. Muriel Coudurier-Curveur says:

    Maybe the UNESCO should concentrate on moving the endangered cultural monuments of the world out of the dangerous places. It's not like modern technology cannot do it: we've been able to move entire buildings since the 1920s

  4. Tim Upham says:

    It is not like when UNESCO moved Abu Simbel in 1968 to escape flooding from the Aswan High Dam. This is political that must be resolved in Cairo. If Hosni Murbarak can declare January 7th — Coptic Christmas — a national holiday for all of Egypt, then President Mohammed Morsi can protect Saint Catherine's Monastery. If not, then maybe international sanctions can persuade him.

  5. Roc Diaz says:

    get rid of all the christians. we haven't forgot about how they tortured jews and did forced conversions on us. we should kick them out of israel completely. dogs

  6. Disgusting. Maybe the cristians should shake their papal deity to stop backing up muslims in the fight against israel. as always vatican is playing dirty games.

  7. Vin Ienco says:

    you mean YOU in all of your hatred now, dont you…

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