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Motorcyclists Open Fire on Coptic Wedding Party in Cairo

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Egyptians on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside of a Coptic Church in the northern Cairo neighborhood of  Al-Warak  on Sunday, October 20.

Although no one has yet claimed responsibility, long-simmering hostility towards Copts by Muslim Egyptians reached the boiling point when former President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the military, led by Egyptian General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

When al-Sisi announced Morsi’s removal, the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, appeared alongside him. That appearance, and Tawadros’ remarks that the move to replace Morsi was directed by those with “Egypt’s best interests at heart,” led many already willing to believe the worst of the Copts, to believe the large Christian minority in Egypt was part of a consipracy to rid Egypt of the fundamentalist Muslim leader, and return the country to military rule.

The gunmen murdered three at the scene, with nine others wounded. An eight-year old girl was among the fatalities, as were a man and a woman.

Egypt Coptic Christian Leadership Condemns Western Media Coverage

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

In the face of an unprecedented wave of violence directed against Coptic Christians amid the turmoil in Egypt that has left hundred’s dead, the church’s leadership issued a statement condemning the Western media’s biased coverage of the events in Egypt.

“We strongly denounce the fallacies broadcasted by the Western media and invite them to review the facts objectively regarding these bloody radical organizations and their affiliates instead of legitimizing them with global support and political protection while they attempt to spread devastation and destruction in our dear land,” reads the statement, according to a Google translation.

“We request that the international and western media adhere to providing a comprehensive account of all events with truth, accuracy, and honesty,” the statement added.

The Coptic Church also reaffirmed its support for the military-backed government, calling on the army and security forces to continue their fight against the “armed violent groups and black terrorism.”

One of the oldest communities in Christianity, Coptic Christians have survived numerous persecutions in the past. But the recent violence is unprecedented. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an independent human rights organization, has documented 39 attacks against Coptic Christian churches, schools, monasteries and businesses since late last week, NPR reported.

Coptic Christians constituted a majority of Egypt’s population until the Middle Ages, when Islam, introduced by the Arab invasions in the 7th century, eclipsed their religion. Today, Coptic Christianity comprises nearly 10 percent of Egypt’s 85 million people, making it the largest single Christian community remaining in the Middle East.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-coptic-christian-leadership-condemns-western-media-coverage/2013/08/20/

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