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The Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza

The leader of Da’esh (ISIS) is exhorting his followers in Egypt to destroy the Sphinx and the pyramids.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly has said destroying the monuments is a “religious duty,” according to numerous sources quoted by Jihad Watch.

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A report by The Telegraph also quoted members of Da’esh as saying that “objects shouldn’t be the subject of idolization or worship.”

In addition, radical Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary, who lives in the UK, also told a BBC presenter, “When Egypt comes under the auspices of the Khalifa (Caliphate) there will be no more pyramids, no more Sphinx, no more idolatry. This will be just.”

So far, at least, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has empowered the Egyptian Army to fight off the Da’esh terrorists from the Sinai Province group and its ally, Hamas, who helped in its massive attack against the government.

The effort to repel the coordinated attack at 15 different sites by the terror organization required the use of ground and air forces together, including Egyptian F-16 fighter jets. Cairo requested – and received – Israel’s cooperation in allowing the entry of heavy artillery into the Sinai Peninsula, beyond what is authorized in the peace treaty between the two nations.

Israel likewise ramped up her own status to high alert along the southern border with Sinai last week, and closed the southern Negev’s’ Highway 12 to civilian traffic, just to be on the safe side.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

84 COMMENTS

  1. Fools!!!Do they not know the history of Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza and the pyramids??That anyone is doomed who dares destroy,remove or displace any part of the Great Sphinx of Giza and the pyramids?Their seeking to conquer will be their downfall in the end.Selah.

  2. Fools!!!Do they not know the history of Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza and the pyramids??That anyone is doomed who dares destroy,remove or displace any part of the Great Sphinx of Giza and the pyramids?Their seeking to conquer will be their downfall in the end.Selah.

  3. Foolish Barbarians testing the Lord . Let see how this works out for them.They are about as stupid has our president and government . That want to destroy national monuments in America . But I guess the Islamic Muslim fool we have as a president(Obama ) is influencing them.That is the only reason people goes to theses country a lot of time for . Even in America to see theses monuments and historical places . What a bunch of ignorance we have in the world .

  4. That would be the LAST STRAW ! I would never go to Egypt to see these things….but they have been there for thousands of years and these DAMN FOOL MUSLIMS want to destroy them. It seems all they think of is KILLING and DESTRUCTION ! Have these damn fool people EVER accomplished ANYTHING ? Do they make CARS ?? How about COMPUTERS? Maybe they manufacture TENTS, eh ?

  5. Demolishing the pyramids will take a lot of work. If they want to destroy all venerated objects that are non Muslim, they will have to take away the Mt. Ida in Northwestern Turkey that was dedicated to the earth mother, Cybele. Also Mr. Ararat has to go as it is holy to the Armenian Apostolic Church. This should keep them busy for a while.

  6. Jewish, Assyrians and Egypt will be all together one day again no mater what, the words of God must be fulfilled there’s no second option, So why they don’t just leave history in the back and start new life together, or Maybe there God wants this? ISIS should understand they are just doing something that God will not forgive and bless.. And it will return to its original

  7. Maybe you need to ask Rome too, why?? And see if there’s something regarding the orthodox lately, destroying all their history, look at Greece under pressure why? Assyrians & Jewish history in NINVEH destroyed why? Isis seems to be so many partners together USA doesn’t know where to stand maybe.

  8. I had the pleasure and extreme historic DUTY to visit the Ghiza Plateau in 1980 and the destruction of the incredible relics there would be a horrid crime against all of humanity. But leave it to these extremist, insane murderers to see anything historic and non-islamic to be bereft of all value. The world does NOT belong to Allah… it is shared between us all.

  9. Alan, not everything that the extremists do is anti-Jewish. In this case, it is because they do not consider anything that predates Islam to be worthy of worship or adoration. I am a Jew… does that make me any more interested in preserving the history of ALL of the Middle East for future generations to enjoy?

  10. By the way, don't forget the Golden Buddhas destroyed in Afghanistan… blown up in their ancient caves by equally sick Islamic killers. They then filled soccer stadiums with anyone non-tainted by murderous Wahhabi Islam and beheaded them. The world has to face this curse – and not the one pertaining to the Pharoahs – and wipe them off the face of Earth. Because if we allow them to survive and thrive, we are all next….

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