Egypt’s Coptic Christians frequently accuse state security, police, and the military of overlooking Muslim attacks on Christians and their places of worship, especially monasteries and churches. The Western mainstream media often ignores these accusations, or mentions them in passing as ‚??unsubstantiated reports.‚?Ě Last weekend‚??s assault on the St. Mark Cathedral ‚?? unprecedented in significance ‚?? was no different, except for the fact that there are many pictures demonstrating governmental complicity.
To recap: After last Sunday‚??s St. Mark Cathedral funeral service for Egypt‚??s most recent Christian victims of jihad ‚?? including one man set aflame by Muslims chanting ‚??Allahu Akbar!‚?Ě ‚?? more Muslims attacked the Christian mourners, resulting in the deaths of two more Copts, including one shot through the heart.
In response, hundreds of Christians retreated back into their cathedral ‚?? both to get out of harm‚??s way, and to protect their holiest site. They were trapped there all night, enduring projectile and firebomb attacks from the mob. State security also opened fire on the cathedral, including through tear-gas.
Several Egyptian media outlets and newspapers, especially the popular Youm7, recently published a variety of pictures showing these mobs, if not terrorists, attacking the cathedral in front of absolutely indifferent, possibly approving, security forces. The mainstream media has not shown any of these pictures.
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.