Minya Copts to MCN: Sheikh provoked MB to attack church

by Emad Maher

Dozens of Muslims from Raida village, Minya [southern Egypt] attacked
Coptic homes and churches with stones, Molotov cocktails and firearms
on Saturday evening.

The attacks resulted in the defacing of the Evangelical Church's
interface and a number of cars, shops and houses owned by Copts.
Eyewitnesses said the imam of the village mosque was the instigator of
the incident after he alleged that a mosque in the neighboring village
was burned with worshippers inside.

 

Evidence suggests Pro-Morsi protesters tortured opponents - Amnesty

Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Amnesty International says there is evidence, and eye witness accounts indicating that Pro-Morsi supporters tortured their rivals after mass rallies began across the country over a month ago.

Testimonies from victims include accounts of how they were captured, assaulted and subjected to electric shocks by loyalists of the former President. The organization also claims that eight bodies at the morgue in Cairo also showed signs of torture. At least five of these were discovered near pro-Morsi sit-ins around the capital.

“Allegations that torture is being carried out by individuals are extremely serious and must be investigated as a matter of urgency,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
To back up their claims, the organization sites the case of a 21-year-old Mastour Mohamed Sayed, who along with 20 others was assaulted by a gang armed with knives or machine guns of alleged Morsi loyalists near the pro-Morsi sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya early last month.

Egypt: Children on front line of pro-Muslim Brotherhood demos dressed in white "death shrouds" for their "martyrdom": "I am ready to die!"

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Yet the Muslim Brotherhood's chief supporters in the U.S., such as Hamas-linked CAIR's Hussam Ayloush and DHS official Mohamed Elibiary, continue to insist that the Muslim Brotherhood represents "freedom" for Egyptians. Not for these victimized children. "Children Used on the Front-line of Islamist Demonstrations," from Egyptian Streets, July 30 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Shocking footage has emerged of Egyptian children being dressed in white ‘death shrouds’ in preparation for their ‘martyrdom’ by pro-Morsi families in a large demonstration at Rabaa al-Adaweya.

Sources in the CIA: The Islamic brotherhood are now using heavy gun fire against Egyptian army in demonstrations

While Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya are reporting that thousands of their supporters were injured yesterday, claiming that the demonstrators were unarmed and only used mild force in an effort to defend themselves, Sources from the CIA confirmed that the truth is very far from what they are describing. In the mean time while the Obama administration is doubting the truth behind the brotherhood claims, the Turkish PM Erdogan attacked the US, the UN and Europe for not helping the “innocent civilians” being massacred by the Egyptian government.

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Egypt's Coptic Christians pay price of political tumult

By Ahmed Maher BBC Arabic, Minya

Father Ayoub Youssef  in his burned-out church 

Father Ayoub Youssef said Muslim neighbours helped him escape during the attack on his church

Khamis had no other choice than to leave his house in the village of Dalga, near the central Egyptian city of Minya. After an arson attack on his cousin's house and the fatal shooting of another relative, he fled into hiding with his wife and six children.

He said they had been singled out for no other reason than being Christians.

"It was a terrible night," recalled Khamis, who agreed to talk to us but did not want to be identified. Khamis is not his real name.

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Christians Flee Villages in Egypt's North Sinai after Terrifying Murders
Killings top months of kidnappings, attacks by Islamic extremist militants.
By Our Middle East Correspondent

Detail of the corpse of Magdy Lamei. (Morning Star News photo from Facebook)
CAIRO, Egypt, July 16, 2013 (Morning Star News) – Christians in two villages in North Sinai, Egypt have fled for their lives after a priest was gunned down and a Christian businessman was abducted and killed, his decapitated body dumped onto a street.
 
On Thursday (July 11) the body of Christian businessman Magdy Lamei was found in the town of Sheikh Zuwayed. Suspected members of an unidentified Islamic extremist militant group had kidnapped him on July 6, and he was thought to have been killed on the first day of Ramadan, which in Egypt began on Wednesday (July 10).

 

الإخوان يطالبون بالتدخل الأميركي!

بعد عامين من الغزل والعلاقة مع أميركا عاد الإخوان المسلمون الآن للعب الورقة الأميركية بالمنطقة، ومصر تحديدا، فبعد أن سقط حكم الإخوان، وبسبب استعداء الجماعة لكل فئات المجتمع المصري، يعود الإخوان الآن لوصم خصومهم بالعمالة لأميركا، والتلويح بالعنف ضد واشنطن التي يطالبونها بالتدخل ضد الجيش المصري!

القيادي بجماعة الإخوان المصرية محمد البلتاجي يقول في مقابلة مع وكالة «رويترز»: «نستشعر أن المجتمع الدولي يتدخل بشكل ما اعترافا ومساندة ودعما لهذا الانقلاب العسكري»، مضيفا: «لكن هذا يجعل شعوب المنطقة تعيد مرة ثانية النظر إلى أميركا وأوروبا على أنها داعمة للاستبداد وداعمة للقمع وأنها تقف ضد مصلحة الشعوب، وهذا يعيد مرة ثانية حالة الكراهية لتلك الشعوب الأوروبية والأميركية التي تقف أنظمتها دائما مع الأنظمة المستبدة»! فهل بعد هذا التضليل تضليل؟ فما لم يتنبه إليه الإخوان أن الحاضنة الأهم هي الشعب، والمجتمع المصري ككل، وليس إدارة أوباما التي كانت تقف مع الإخوان بشكل فج، وصارخ، ورغم شكوى المصريين من مواقف السفيرة الأميركية بالقاهرة الداعمة للإخوان.

 

Coptic Priest Gunned Down in Egypt, Christian Villages Attacked

(AINA) -- This morning masked men gunned down Father Mina Cheroubim, pastor of the Coptic Orthodox church, as he left his church building in el-Arish North Sinai, 344 kilometers northeast of Cairo. Yesterday Muslims attacked Coptic inhabitants in the village of Nag Hassan, Dabayaa, in Luxor province. This attack was prompted by news that allegedly four Copts killed 45-year-old Muslim H. Hefny, whose body was found near the river. The attack killed four and wounded three. 16 homes and shops were torched, including the home of a Coptic family who are accused of being involved in the killing of the Muslim man. Police and ambulances were sent to the village as hundreds of scared Coptic inhabitants left the village. One of the villagers said that the dead Muslim was not killed by Copts but by Muslims in order to cause sedition and force Christians to leave the village.

 

Egypt: Coptic Christian priest shot dead

A Coptic Christian priest in Egypt's Northern Sinai has been shot dead, in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Morsi.

Opponents of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square in Cairo today Photo: AP

The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish.

The shooting in the coastal city was one of several attacks believed to be by Islamist insurgents that included firing at four military checkpoints in the region, the sources said.

Egypt's Islamists Turn Violent After Morsy's Fall 

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Posted By David Kenner 

 

 

CAIRO -- Rallies in support of Mohamed Morsy during the day on Thursday were smaller than they had been previously, perhaps because supporters of the deposed president stayed away out of fear of violence. But while the numbers may have been down, reports of violence throughout the city suggested that this crisis is far from over.

Bullet holes were visible at sites across the pro-Morsy sit-in outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adaweya mosque -- the product of violence at the protest site late last night. There is also anecdotal evidence that some of the former president's Islamist supporters have grown increasingly radicalized by the military takeover: One protester directed a message to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying that he had created "a new Taliban" and a "new al Qaeda" in Egypt.

 

Egypt villagers 'proud' of killing Shiites

ABU MUSSALAM, Egypt — Residents of an Egyptian village outside Cairo said they were "proud" of the mob lynching of four Shiite Muslims in an attack that followed weeks of anti-Shiite rhetoric in the media.

Witnesses and security officials told AFP that on Sunday hundreds of residents of Abu Mussalem, a village in Giza province south of Cairo, surrounded the house of a Shiite resident after learning that a leading Shiite cleric, Hassan Shehata, was inside.

The mob threw molotov cocktails at the house, situated in a tiny alley, hoping to set it ablaze.

The crowd chanted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) and "Shiites are infidels" before storming the house, dragging the Shiites out and beating them, witnesses told AFP.

 

£500m of EU taxpayers' money donated to Egypt to fight corruption, including £70m from Britain, has vanished, says shocking auditors report

  • Report found 'no audit trail' for £500 million in EU aid given to country
  • Around £70 million came from British taxpayers
  • Watchdog found money had failed to tackle corruption

By Ben Leach and Jason Groves

The report said there had been no improvement in the promotion of democracy under President Morsi

More than £70million of British aid to Egypt has been lost to  corruption, waste and fruitless projects.

The cash was part of a £500million drive by the European Union to promote democracy and human rights in Egypt over the past seven years.

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Egypt's Mohamed Morsi appoints hardline Islamist to govern Luxor

Concerns for tourism as governor is member of Gamaa Islamiya, the militant group responsible for 1997 Luxor massacre

Foreign tourists at Hatshepsut Temple, in Luxor, Egypt

Luxor's ancient temples and statues bring in foreign tourists, who are vital to the local economy. Photograph: Nasser Nasser/AP

The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has appointed a member of the hardline Islamist group Gamaa Islamiya to the governorship of Luxor – a tourist city in which militants associated with the group killed 58 tourists in 1997.

The symbolism of the appointment has enraged Egypt's sidelined non-Islamist opposition, who see it as further evidence that Morsi is unconcerned about the country's increasing polarisation.

Tourism is the lifeblood of Luxor, home to some of Egypt's most dramatic ancient temples and pharaonic tombs, including that of

 

Islamists Warn Christians From Demonstrating to Topple Egyptian President

(AINA) -- The youth-led Tamarod (rebel) Initiative has collected more than their targeted 15,000,000 signatures calling for a no-confidence vote against President Mohammed Morsi and forcing early elections in Egypt, causing the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party and its Islamists partners to feel seriously threatened, say political observers. Millions are expected to join a nationwide anti-Morsi and anti-Brotherhood demonstration set for June 30, to coincide with Morsi's first anniversary as president. Protesters in Cairo will go to the Presidential "Unity" Palace in the Heliopolis suburb of Cairo with their demands. "We will stay there until Morsi leaves," said Mahmoud Badr, spokesman for Tamarod. In every other Egyptian province local protests will be held. Expatriate Egyptians will also hold demonstrations in their respective countries.

 

Radical Islamic preacher labels anti-Morsy protesters 'disbelievers'

Wagdy Ghoneim, radical Islamic preacher

The radical Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim

Radical Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim said participation in the protests scheduled for 30 June is forbidden as President Mohamed Morsy is a legitimately elected president.

Those who will join the protests on 30 June are “disbelievers” because the people should obey those in charge of their affairs, he added.

In a video posted on Youtube, Ghoneim said, "[the protests] are a front of destruction, made up of crusaders, criminals, thugs, and traitors who want to oust his excellency the president." "You started it all and the initiator is the aggressor," he remarked.

 

Egyptian author appeals for protection following Islamist threats

After making contentious remarks about 'Islamic fascism,' Germany-based author Hamed Abdel-Samad appeals to Egyptian authorities for protection against campaign launched by hard-line Islamists calling for his death

Egyptian author

A Germany-based Egyptian author has requested protection from Egyptian authorities after ultra-conservative Islamists in Egypt declared him an "apostate" and launched an online campaign calling for his death.

Hamed Abdel-Samad, a researcher in political and Islamic studies, was invited by Egypt's so-called 'Secularist Movement' to speak at a 4 June forum devoted to "Islamic fascism." Abdel-Samad's speech, however, appears to have put him in hot water – and may even have put his life in jeopardy.

At the forum, Abdel-Samad asserted that "Islamic fascism" could trace its origins to "the return of the Muslims to Mecca [some 1500 years ago], when they... destroyed all the pagan idols."

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Ban Ki-moon criticizes Egyptian convictions

 

  UNITED NATIONS, June 7 (UPI) -- The conviction of human rights workers in Egypt is a sign the country is becoming less respectful of human rights, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Ban commented Thursday on Egypt's decision to draft a law on non-governmental organizations. He said any new law "should conform to international human rights standards, and respond to the aspirations of the people."

"The secretary-general reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to work alongside the government and the people of Egypt in support of the country's democratic transition, development and prosperity," a U.N. statement said.

The Cairo criminal court found 43 employees of non-governmental organizations guilty Tuesday under a law dating from the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Egyptians were given suspended sentences but foreigners who had remained in the country could be imprisoned.

 

European court asks France not to deport Egyptian Copt

(AFP) -- The European Court of Human Rights Thursday asked France not to deport a Coptic Christian who fled Egypt, saying he still risked religious persecution back home.

Born in 1973 and from Upper Egypt's Assiut governorate -- which has a huge Coptic population -- the man, identified as M.E., alleged that he faced several attacks and threats along with his family. He said that he was assaulted but police did not register his complaints and he also received death threats.

 

Egypt sentences 43, including Americans, in NGO case

Friends of Egyptian suspects react as they listen to the judge's verdict at a court room during a case against foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cairo June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Friends of Egyptian suspects react as they listen to the judge's verdict at a court room during a case against foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cairo June 4, 2013.

By Shaimaa Fayed and Maggie Fick

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court gave jail terms to 43 Americans, Europeans, Egyptians and other Arabs on Tuesday in a case against democracy promotion groups that plunged U.S.-Egyptian ties into their worst crisis in decades.

Judge Makram Awad gave five-year sentences in absentia to at least 15 U.S. citizens who left Egypt last year. He sentenced an American who stayed behind to two years in prison and gave the same sentence to a German woman.

 

Egyptian court ruling on legislature adds new twist to nation’s long list of problems

(Amr Nabil, File/ Associated Press ) - FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Egyptian Shura Council members meet to discuss the government’s 2013-2014 budget at the Shura Council, Parliament’s upper house. When voters went to the polls more than a year ago to vote for Egypt’s upper house of parliament, most presumed the legislature would be the powerless talk shop that it had been for 30 years. Few candidates were known outside their families, parties or neighborhoods. Only seven percent of the electorate bothered to cast a ballot. Thanks to the twists and turns of the rocky transition that followed Egypt’s 2011 uprising, the Shura Council finds itself the sole law-making body in the land. This accidental legislature is now back in the spotlight ahead of an expected court ruling on its disputed legal status _ a move that could see it dissolved.

(Amr Nabil, File/ Associated Press ) - FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Egyptian Shura Council members meet to discuss the government’s 2013-2014 budget at the Shura Council, Parliament’s upper house. When voters went to the polls more than a year ago to vote for Egypt’s upper house of parliament, most presumed the legislature would be the powerless talk shop that it had been for 30 years. Few candidates were known outside their families, parties or neighborhoods. Only seven percent of the electorate bothered to cast a ballot. Thanks to the twists and turns of the rocky transition that followed Egypt’s 2011 uprising, the Shura Council finds itself the sole law-making body in the land. This accidental legislature is now back in the spotlight ahead of an expected court ruling on its disputed legal status _ a move that could see it dissolved.AP

CAIRO — Egypt’s highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation’s interim parliament was illegally elected, though it stopped short of dissolving the chamber immediately, in a decision likely to fuel the tensions between the ruling Islamists and the judiciary.

The Supreme Constitutional Court also ruled that a 100-member panel that drafted the new constitution was illegally elected.


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