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 »
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the Holy Land’s Coptic Archbishop Abraham, was taken as a sign that the late Coptic Pope Shenouda III’s travel-ban was rescinded.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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
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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 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 - 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 »