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Jihad Erupts on Egypt‚??s Christians, Again

Over the weekend, Muslims launched yet another attack on Christians.

Over the weekend, Muslims launched yet another all-out jihad, replete with cries of ‚??Allahu Akbar,‚?Ě on Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority ‚?? the inhabitants of Egypt before Muslims invaded in the 7th century. Different reports are citing different sources as prompting this latest Islamic assault: some say Muslim children drew swastikas on a mosque, which prompted the imam and others to scapegoat and attack Christians; some say the source of the conflict is a feud between a Christian family and a Muslim family (over the latter‚??s sexual harassment of Christian girls).

Whatever the source or pretense of this latest jihad on Egypt‚??s Christians, the hate has led to the deaths of several Christians‚??including one Copt intentionally set on fire — and the wounding of hundreds. The next day, after the funeral of the slain Christians, Muslims again attacked and opened fire on Christians, this time in the St. Mark Cathedral, one of the most sacred spots for Copts.

Worse, various elements of Egypt’s military, police, and security, have not only failed to protect the beleaguered Christians, but, according to numerous sources, have even joined in the attack on the cathedral.

This should be unsurprising, considering the Egyptian military intentionally slaughtered some 23 Coptic Christians, including by intentionally running them over with armored vehicles‚??during the Maspero Massacre of October 2010, when Copts protested against the constant Islamic attacks on their churches.

Similarly, just as the White House issued a statement during the 2010 Maspero Massacre, saying ‚??Now is a time for restraint on all sides‚?Ě‚??as if to imply Egypt‚??s beleaguered and unarmed Christian minority needed to ‚??restrain‚?Ě itself against the nation‚??s military‚??one expects more whitewashing and relativism from the White House. For, just as the Obama administration tried to cover up the fact that the Benghazi attack, where American diplomats were killed by the same jihadi forces that Obama helped empower, so too will it naturally try to dissemble the fact that Egypt‚??s Christians are being terrorized and killed by the same Islamic forces‚??in this case, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis, who routinely incite Muslims against Christians‚??it helped empower.

Because there is so much startling and disturbing information concerning this latest attack on Egypt‚??s Christians in the Arabic-language media‚??much of which will never make it to the English-language media‚??over the next few days, I will be combing through the many Arabic reports and videos to bring you the facts and details of this latest atrocity.

Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam‚??s New War on Christians. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

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Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam‚??s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane‚??s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013. Ibrahim‚??s dual-background‚??born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East‚??has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.