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Egyptian Army Saves Christians from Muslim Terrorists

The most dramatic change in Egypt is the war on Islamic terror. Its success can be measured by the army’s rescuing Christians from Islamists. Obama should be jealous; Christians in the PA should be so lucky.
Coptic church on fire in Egypt, where the miliitary regime has declared war on Islamic terrorism

Coptic church on fire in Egypt, where the miliitary regime has declared war on Islamic terrorism
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The Egyptian military regime escalated its war on radical Islamists Monday and came to the rescue of Christians whose village has been terrorized.

As The Jewish Press wrote here  last week under the headline “A New ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt Aimed at Wiping out Radical Islam,” the military is distinguishing itself by trying to protect the country from those trying to overthrow the government, a campaign that Western countries would not dare carry out for fear of offending their growing Muslim majorities.

Egyptian security forces on Monday stormed Delga, an Islamist-controlled village in central Egypt that had been the scene of some of the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt. Soldiers and police fired tear gas and searched for suspects in the raid at dawn and arrested 56 terrorists by Monday afternoon, AFP reported.

The village, located 190 miles south of Cairo, came under the control of Islamists loyal to ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following the clearing of pro-Morsi camps in Cairo in mid-August. After taking control, the Islamists unleashed a campaign of terror against the village’s sizable Christian minority, who make up about one-sixth of the village’s 120,000 people.

The Christian Post reported that Coptic Christians in Delga have been forced to pay a “submission” tax to the Islamists unless they converted to Islam. Dozens of Christian families fled the village, and those who remained and did not pay the tax were attacked.

“As soon as the crackdown in Cairo started, all the loudspeakers at the main mosques in Delga issued calls for jihad,” said Samir Lamei Sakr, a prominent Christian lawyer who fled from the town later that day, according to The London Guardian.

Since the Egyptian military cleared Muslim Brotherhood supporters from the streets, the Islamists torched more than 70  Coptic churches and attacked their homes, businesses and an orphanage

Two book stores of the Bible Society, which has operated in Egypt for 129 years has been operating for 129 years, were destroyed by arson, according to AFP.

“All of Egypt was Coptic for almost a thousand years until the Muslims invaded and started imposing heavy taxes on the Christians,” Washington Coptic church leader Dr. Halim Meawad told the French news agency. “Those who couldn’t pay were forced to convert to Islam under pain of death. Today’s Muslims in Egypt are descendants of Copts who couldn’t pay their taxes hundreds of years ago.”

He said that supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi blamed the Copts for Morsi’s downfall. “The Copts were attacked because as Christians they were a convenient scapegoat for the Brotherhood,” explained Dr. Meawad.

The Muslim Brotherhood regime, which lasted almost exactly one year after being elected, was welcomed by the Obama administration. Dr. Meawad criticized  President Obama and  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for backing the Muslim Brotherhood at the beginning of the demonstrations this summer, while criticizing the military for violence against demonstrators.

“Neither the Copts nor the military are responsible for Morsi’s ouster,” Dr. Meawad explained. “The Egyptian people simply did not want him. Morsi was elected with only 14 million votes last year, but 33 million Egyptians in the streets on June 30 told him they didn’t want him.”

Christians in other Arab countries, where they are allowed tolerated at all, are not so lucky. Syrian Christians are caught in the middle of the civil war, distrusted by both Assad and the rebels.

In the Palestinian Authority, Hamas has carried out an Islamic campaign to wipe out the “infidel” Christians since the terrorist organization wrested control of Gaza from Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction seven years ago.

Much far better off. Thousands of Christians have fled Bethlehem since the Intifada began in the late 1980s and escalated into the Oslo War in 2000.

JNS contributed to this article.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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23 Responses to “Egyptian Army Saves Christians from Muslim Terrorists”

  1. Lennie Muir says:

    a religion of peace that can not live with anyone … even others who are of their faith but different, thus shiites and sunnis killing each other in other muslim nations

  2. Lennie Muir says:

    a religion of peace that can not live with anyone … even others who are of their faith but different, thus shiites and sunnis killing each other in other muslim nations

  3. Michael J. Bonome says:

    Egyptian Army, THIS BUD’S FOR YOU !!!

  4. Michael J. Bonome says:

    And it’s on me !!!!!

  5. Lennie Muir says:

    Egyptian army saving Egyptian lives. Well done

  6. Sharon Barks says:

    Love it. Don’t understand it, but luv it all the same.

  7. Sharon Barks says:

    Love it. Don’t understand it, but luv it all the same.

  8. this muslim should be shot up ……

  9. this muslim should be shot up ……

  10. this muslim should be shot up ……

  11. Swaroop Gyanik says:

    this muslim should be shot up ……

  12. Julie Carson says:

    I'm happy that Egypt is getting their country back.

  13. The next phase is a Sharia-Free Egypt as it has been for millenia. Thank You.

  14. Jeffrey Nerhood says:

    Wow!!! How about that. Way to go Egyptian Army.

  15. Benjamin Fox says:

    Glad to hear the army is protecting Christians and agree with Mike, no Sharia Law as it is terrible for women and children and a law that makes men their master.

  16. Michael Ford says:

    Well done Egypt…

  17. Yechiel Baum says:

    Yet the Christian community abroad remains silent?!

  18. The Guardian says:

    What’s our military waiting for?

  19. Rock Junior says:

    Musulman,religion remplie d'amour et de paix ,la preuve ……………

  20. Egypt is back, well done and thanks.

  21. Jeff Walters says:

    "the military is distinguishing itself by trying to protect the country from those trying to overthrow the government, a campaign that Western countries would not dare carry out for fear of offending their growing Muslim majorities."

    I think they meant Muslim minorities, but in any case that's the way Islam works. They infiltrate your Country and when they get enough Muslim immigrants and converts to make some noise they start demanding sharia law and loudly publishing propaganda about how they are being oppressed. Then we PC westerners start to feel sorry for them and help them grow until they can get a big enough presence to take over. The Egyptian Military has now realized, too late, that if you let the Islamists run the Government they will always oppress and even murder the people who believe in other religions (mostly Christians and Jews.) I hope that the Military we be able to restore order and allow the people to have fair and free elections so that they can choose the right Government to maintain law and order and stabilize the Country. Obama was an idiot to support the Muslim Brotherhood and stand by while they took over.

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