Tag Archive for Egyptian Coptic Christians

Egyptian and church officials upset after Police subdue Monk in Jerusalem

Police and Coptic priests scuffle outside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher in protest of planned restoration work; Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemns behavior of Israel Police officers’ handling of the incident.



A scuffle between police forces and Coptic priests at a major Christian holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday drew condemnation from Egypt and churches in the Holy Land.

Police and Coptic priests wrangled outside a contested chapel at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Israel Police contain rowdy Coptic priests protesting outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

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Egyptian army continues to destroy Hamas terror-tunnels on its Gaza border


Egypt continues to deal with chaos in the Sinai, destroying Hamas smuggler tunnels connecting to Gaza and now the Coptic Church says Christians are fleeing northern Sinai for their safety.

By Daniel Siryoti


The Egyptian military says it has discovered and destroyed weapons smuggling tunnels in the northern Sinai Peninsula, next to the Gaza border.

A military spokesperson told Egyptian media outlets that one tunnel, dug some 20 meters (66 feet) underground, branched out into three different tunnels.

Oxygen tanks and communication technology cables were found in the tunnels.

Missiles from Libya seized by Egyptian authorities before entering tunnels to Gaza

Meanwhile, the Coptic Church in Egypt said that dozens of Christian families living in the northern Sinai had been forced to flee their homes due to violence from Salafist radicals against Christians. Continue Reading »

After decades of boycott, Egyptian Copts now flock to Israel in the thousands


The visit by Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II, who went to Jerusalem for the funeral of the Holy Land’s Coptic Archbishop Abraham, was taken as a sign that the late Coptic Pope Shenouda III’s travel-ban was rescinded.

By i24news


Thousands of Egyptian Copts flocked to Jerusalem this year in celebration of Palm Sunday.

The current Copts Pope, Theodoros II – Photo EPA

According to Egyptian media, at least 5,700 Coptic Orthodox Christians have travelled to Jerusalem so far this year, an increase of more than a thousand compared to the Coptic pilgrims who undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Jerusalem in 2015. Continue Reading »

Egyptian Coptic Pope makes first visit to Jerusalem since 1967 travel ban on Israel


Coptic Church says Pope Tawadros II did not obtain Israeli visa to visit Jerusalem since there’s no official travel restrictions for Egyptian citizens travelling to Israel.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


The Egyptian head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, made a rare visit to Jerusalem to preside over the funeral on Saturday of a Coptic bishop.

The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II walks outside the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Saturday – Photo: AP

The previous Coptic pope, Shenouda III, banned worshipers from traveling to Jerusalem more than three decades ago, despite a 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Continue Reading »

Egyptian Christians Condemned for Easter Pilgrimage to Israel


Despite Egyptian Christians still officially  forbidden from visiting Israel by their religious leaders, Egypt’s airlines have tripled from the normal 4 per week to Tel Aviv.

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah


While Jews around the world celebrate Passover, Christians from Egypt visit the Holy Land for their week of Holy Pascha (the Passion of Christ). For this pilgrimage, Egyptian Christians (Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical) leave Cairo by the thousands on daily flights to Israel. Egypt’s airlines have increased departures to 12 flights per week from the normal four. In spite of the regularity of this annual event, rumors vilifying Israel propagate throughout the Egyptian press. Continue Reading »

Foiled: Hamas Planned Bombing Church on Christmas Day

Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas reportedly planned to murder Egyptian Christians by bombing Churches on Holy Day.

By Maayana Miskin


Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood planned a series of bombings at Egyptian churches, according to a report in the Kuwaiti paper Al-Watan, according to Channel 10 news.

According to the report, the attacks were to take place on Christmas. Terrorists in Sinai had succeeded in gathering explosives for the planned attack.

Egyptian intelligence reportedly foiled the plot after discovering communications between the two groups. Intelligence agents also listened in on calls between the Muslim Brotherhood and other Gaza-based terrorist groups. Continue Reading »

Egyptian Muslims Impose ‘tribute’ on Local Christian Copts

Thanks to Western intervention, in this case, U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its jihadi offshoots, the renewal of centuries-old anti-Christian persecution has returned with impunity.

By  Raymond Ibrahim



Now that the attacks on Egypt’s Christian churches have subsided, stage two of the jihad — profiting from the fear and terror caused by stage one — is setting in: reports are arriving that the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in south Minya province to pay jizya — the money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords “with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued” to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29. Continue Reading »

Outside of Israel, Christians Are Endangered Species in Ancestral Land



According to the Vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad, Israel is the single bright spot for Christians in the Middle East, a true bastion for religious minorities.

By Noah Beck


Egypt’s Christians are being targeted and scapegoated for the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood. An Egyptian human rights activist tweeted that the Virgin Mary in Minya, one of the oldest churches in Egypt, built in the 4th century, was destroyed by fire yesterday. There have also been media reports about attacks on churches in the city of Suez and other villages. Jason Isaacson, Director of Government and International Affairs for the American Jewish Committee condemned these acts: “Organized violence against Egypt’s Copts, the murder of innocents and destruction of churches, is outrageous and unforgivable.” Continue Reading »

Morsi supporters & Muslim Brotherhood torch Egyptian churches


Canadian MP Irwin Cotler reports how anti-Coptic violence is taking place throughout the country within “a general culture of impunity,”



Islamic supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi launched on Wednesday arson attacks against churches, resulting in the destruction of at least three buildings. Muslim Brotherhood supporters wreaked havoc on Coptic Christian businesses and property throughout the country.

ISLAMISTS TAKE cover as they battle riot police and soldiers in Cairo’s Rabaa Adawiya Square, Aug 14

ISLAMISTS TAKE cover as they battle riot police and soldiers in Cairo’s Rabaa Adawiya Square, Aug 14 – Photo: REUTERS

There may have been more than 20 incidents of burning of churches and attacks on Christian institutions, based on unconfirmed reports on Twitter from Coptic leaders and organizations who are closely following the outbreak of anti-Christian violence.

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Coptic Christian Priest assassinated in latest Egyptian violence

The murder of  Mina Aboud Sharween, a spiritual leader of Egypt’s 8 million Christians, is attributed to his supporting Morsi’s removal.

This latest sectarian attack appears to be 1st sign of ethnic violence since ouster of elected Islamist president Morsi.





CAIRO- Gunmen shot dead a Coptic Christian priest in Egypt’s lawless Northern Sinai on Saturday in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, security sources said.

A cross and a Koran at an anti-Morsi protest in Tahrir Square, July 4, 2013.

A cross and a Koran at an anti-Morsi protest in Tahrir Square, July 4, 2013. – Photo: Reuters

At least 30 people died and more than 1,000 were wounded after Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement called “Friday of Rejection” protests across the country and tried to march on the military compound where the ousted president is held.

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Podcast of Egyptian Crucifixions: Was it Fact or Fiction?

Israel National Radio’s Tamar Yonah interviews an investigative reporter to find out if Sky News Arabia report of Muslims crucifying Christians true or not.

By Israel National Radio staff


Sky News Arabia reported on August 9th that opponents of Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi were put to death and hanged from trees or crucified outside the presidential palace in Egypt. The story was removed shortly after being posted on the Internet.

Coptic protest in Los Angeles

Coptic protest in Los Angeles
Israel News Photo: www.amcoptic.com.jpg 

Israel National Radio’s Tamar Yonah interviewed investigative reporter Douglas J. Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network about the issue on her latest radio show. Continue Reading »

Egypt Confirms Christians’ Fears, Sentences 12 to Life in Jail

Egypt has confirmed Christians’ fear of Islamic rule and has sentenced 12 to life in jail while acquitting eight Muslims.

Egypt has confirmed Christians’ fear of Islamic rule and has sentenced 12 to life in jail for their part in warding off Muslim mobs last year. The court acquitted eight Muslims.

Rally for Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate

Rally for Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate - Reuters

The Christians were found guilty and sentenced for killing two Muslims and for causing a disturbance in the April 2011 riots south of Cairo when a Muslim bus driver, angered by a speed bump in a Christian neighborhood, began to fight with security guards. Continue Reading »