LIBYA: Christian Copts were fine under Gaddafi, now they’re being tortured under Obama’s boys

behind_bars_xsmallChristians living in Libya have been rounded up, beaten, tortured, and accused of proselytism by Libyan security forces in Benghazi, in the latest sign of the militant Islamism affecting the country since the revolution.

Times of Israel Dozens of Coptic Christians were tortured inside a detention center run by a powerful militia in eastern Libya, two of the recently released detainees told The Associated Press on Friday amid a wave of assaults targeting Christians in Benghazi and the latest instance of alleged abuse by Libyan security forces.An Egyptian Christian suspected of trying to convert Muslims in Libya was tortured to death while in police custody, an Egyptian human rights lawyer said.

An Egyptian Christian suspected of trying to convert Muslims in Libya was tortured to death while in police custody, an Egyptian human rights lawyer said.

The two, among an estimated 50 Egyptian Christians who have been detained in Libya on suspicion of proselytizing, told of being rounded up in a market by gunmen who checked their right wrists for tattoos of crosses. “They first checked our wrists searching for the crosses and if they found them, we (had to) get into their cars,” said 26-year-old Amgad Zaki from the southern city of Samalout in Minya province, 220 kilometers (135 miles) south of Cairo.

Zaki said a group of men — some in uniform and some in civilian clothes — rounded up Egyptians selling clothes in a market called el-Jareed in Benghazi on Feb. 26. He and other Christians climbed into SUVs that he said carried the sign of Libya Shield One, one of the most powerful militias in Benghazi that is under the command of Islamist and ex-rebel Wassam Bin Hemad.

Egyptians by the entrance of the Libyan embassy protest for the death of Egyptian Christian Ezzat Atallah at a Libyan prison

Egyptians by the entrance of the Libyan embassy protest for the death of Egyptian Christian Ezzat Atallah at a Libyan prison

“They shaved our heads. They threatened to sever our heads in implementation of Islamic Shariah (law) while showing us swords,” said Zaki, who was interviewed on the telephone from his home after returning to Egypt earlier this month.

“They dealt with us in a very brutal way, including forcing us to insult our Pope Shenouda,” Zaki said, referring to the former Coptic pontiff who died last year. He said that during four days of detention they were flogged, forced to take off their clothes in cold weather and stand at 3 a.m. outdoors on floor covered with stones.

“I was taken to clean a bathroom, and the man pushed my head inside the toilet and sat on me,” he said. “I was dying every day, and at one point I thought death is better than this.”

Egyptian Coptic Church that was set on fire in Benghazi few days ago. Unknown assailants set fire to the Coptic church in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, witnesses said, it is the second attack on the building in weeks.

Egyptian Coptic Church that was set on fire in Benghazi few days ago. Unknown assailants set fire to the Coptic church in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, witnesses said, it is the second attack on the building in weeks.

Militias have been targeting Christians, women, journalists, refugees and those considered former loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi, who was toppled and killed in Libya’s 2011 civil war. The state relies on the militias to serve as security forces since Libya’s police and military remain in shambles.

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8 comments on “LIBYA: Christian Copts were fine under Gaddafi, now they’re being tortured under Obama’s boys

  1. I’m rendered speechless in the face of the complete dereliction of duty from the Senate, and those in opposition to Obama, even his Democrat supporters in government must be brain dead not to be appalled by Obamas treasonous actions,

  2. And NOW, after the Benghazi fiasco, OBAMA will sign the U.N. arms treaty… this is after he has given all the weapons needed to the Syrian rebels and misc. terrorist groups.

  3. Obama doubtlessly gets more security protection than any American president in history and he needs it because he has caused more folks to despise him around the world than any other American in history. It will take fortitude and luck for America to survive his last four years.

  4. WND: AUGUST 06, 2011

    Two U.S. sources currently in Tripoli told G2Bulletin that Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim, who is part of the embattled Gadhafi regime, told them that the Warfalla tribe – one of the largest in Libya – is being joined by other tribes to fight the rebels because of what is described as indiscriminate killing of civilians by Western alliance-backed troops.

    The sources said that Qatari troops, tanks and helicopters “are openly killing these unarmed tribal members. They have their Qatari tanks in the streets of Benghazi. They are actively shooting on unarmed civilians.”

    Repeated NATO bombings also have included hospitals, Ramadan food storage warehouses, the country’s main water distribution infrastructure, private homes and “more than 1,600 other civilian sites.”
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.printable&pageId=330341

  5. Gaddafi had made peace with the West and had his photo taken many times with Western leaders. Gaddafi was fighting AGAINST Al Qaeda. This was unacceptable to US/NATO who waged war for many months for Al Qaeda and other Muslim terrorists in Libya against Gaddafi.

    The US/NATO war against the stable country of Libya and Gaddafi enabled and empowered U.S. backed anti-Gaddafi RACIST Muslims to perpetrate satanic atrocities and genocide of blacks in Libya. Blacks were safe under Gaddafi.
    I attended a street demo in Harlem, NYC to protest this evil genocide by U.S. backed RACIST Muslims.

    US/NATO did not lift a finger to help the terrified blacks.

    It is clearly American policy to destabilize countries and bring to power the most radical Muslims in country after country.

    In Egypt, Obama betrayed U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak, in order to bring to power U.S. leaders’ top FAVORITES, the Muslim Brotherhood, whose stated goal in America is the DESTRUCTION of civilization and global Islamic conquest.

  6. One can only be astounded at the lack of due diligence on the part of our government, and the lack of accountability of the State Department and the entire Executive and Legislative branches.
    Egypt, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Name it, and we have supported the oppressors, not the oppressed ~!
    Libya under Gadhafi, Egypt under Mubarak, and Syria under Assad were MUCH better off than they will be, or are, under the new regimes. UNLESS one is an Islamist Fundamentalist.

    • I really think the good old USA has gone completely insane over the last several years. couldn’t have left well enough alone. the so called Arab Spring supposedly erupted over a suicide of one person. that story stunk to high Heaven the first time i heard it it still stinks

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