EGYPT: Black flag of al-Qaeda seen flying above some churches

Al-Qaeda’s Egyptian leader, Ayman Zawahiri, has portrayed the overthrow of Muhammad Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood as a ‘Crusader’ campaign led by Coptic Pope Tawadros II whom he alleges is trying to create a Coptic state in Egypt.

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Raymond Ibrahim Since then, not only are Egypt’s Christians and churches now being attacked in ways unprecedented in the modern era, but new reports indicate that al-Qaeda’s black flag has been raised on some of them, specifically St. George Church in Sohag.

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Considering that it was al-Qaeda linked terrorists who  initiated one of the bloodiest church attacks in recent history, the 2010 Baghdad church attack where nearly 60 Christians were slaughtered , that al-Qaeda is singling out Egypt’s Christians bodes ill.

WARNING: This page contains graphic images that tell of Christian persecution under Islam — images that rarely if ever appear on mainstream media.  It is meant to supplement the pictures that appear in Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.

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The Islamic terrorist organization’s incitements against the Copts are just the latest to emanate from Islamists—from the top of the Brotherhood leadership to the bottom of the “Muslim street”—creating something of an “open season” on Egypt’s Christians.

Days after the overthrow of Morsi, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Badie, was first to attack by name Coptic Pope Tawadros for supporting the popular June 30 Revolution, which saw tens of millions of Egyptians take to the streets.  After Badie’s demonization of the Copts, assaults on Christians began in earnest. 

Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in sectarian violence clashed a Muslim mob throwing rocks and firebombs, killing one and turning Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral into a battleground.

Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in sectarian violence clashed with a Muslim mob throwing rocks and firebombs, killing one (Christian) and turning Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral into a battleground.

Many churches were attacked and burned and several Christians were murdered in Upper Egypt; over in the Sinai, a young Coptic priest was shot dead, while the body of Magdy Lam‘i Habib, a Christian, was found mutilated and beheaded.  Due to the many death threats to Pope Tawadros, he has left the papal residence at the St. Mark Cathedral—which was earlier savagely attacked, when Morsi was still president.

Muslim”youth” climb to the roof of a building adjacent to St. Mark Cathedral to attack it. To the left, a man winds to hurl a projectile at it. And in the white circle to the right, high-ranking Egyptian officials and security stand by watching (easily recognizable by their hats and helmets).

Muslim”youth” climb to the roof of a building adjacent to St. Mark Cathedral to attack it. To the left, a man winds to hurl a projectile at it. And in the white circle to the right, high-ranking Egyptian officials and security stand by watching (easily recognizable by their hats and helmets).

This image shows a masked sniper with rifle in hand preparing to open fire at the cathedral — confident that security forces will not intervene.

This image shows a masked sniper with rifle in hand preparing to open fire at the cathedral — confident that security forces will not intervene.

More snipers attacking Copts and their cathedral.

More snipers attacking Copts and their cathedral.

Another picture showing rioting Muslims throwing projectiles (upper left-hand corner) at the cathedral.  A man with a pole (in yellow circle) dismantles or destroys something — a cross, or something else of Christian significance.

Another picture showing rioting Muslims throwing projectiles (upper left-hand corner) at the cathedral. A man with a pole (in yellow circle) dismantles or destroys something — a cross, or something else of Christian significance.

A Muslim burns a Bible in front of the cathedral

A Muslim burns a Bible in front of the cathedral

Here, Muslims chant “Allahu Akbar” as the church is being defiled:

This anti-Christian fury is far from sated and has taken on genocidal proportions.  While Al Jazeera was covering (and distorting) events in Egypt, a Libyan man named Tamar Rashad called in and said “I want to offer the good news to [Pope] Tawadros that, Allah willing, the day is coming when no Copt will ever again tread the ground of Egypt—and no churches.  We will no longer allow churches to exist.”  When the TV host appeared to protest, Rashad interrupted him saying, “It’s already decided, take your cameras and go to the churches and you’ll see what’s going to happen soon, Allah willing.”

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To make matters worse, Sheikh Yusif al-Qaradawi, one of the Islamic world’s leading preachers and spiritual father of the Muslim Brotherhood, has given his formal stamp of approval to persecute Copts, recently posting a video saying that “Christians” and others “were recruited [by Egypt’s military] to kill innocent Muslims.”

As expected, all these incitements against the Copts issued by several top Islamist leaders have so upped anti-Copt sentiment that it has become difficult in the last few days to keep up with the attacks on them—so many and nonstop are the reports emanating from Egypt.  All throughout Upper Egypt—in Minya, Asyut, Sohag—Christians and their churches are under attack; dozens of Coptic homes and businesses have been set on fire.  Due to the risk to Christian lives, many churches are no longer holding regular worship services.

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The situation has gotten so dire that Ibrahim Eissa, a popular Egyptian journalist and TV personality, apparently unable to keep silent over the plight of the Copts, recently said on live TV: “The Christians have suffered in Egypt, over the course of 2 ½ years.  Their churches have been burned, their children killed. 

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The Maspero Massacre occurred, where several Copts were slain.  Catastrophic fatwas appeared, calling them infidels and inciting against them….  No one has suffered as much as they.  Today, if any Christian attempts to join a protest, he does so at the risk of defying dozens of fatwas calling for his death and decapitation and the burning of churches, especially in Upper Egypt.”

Beheaded in Sinai for being Christian: remains of Magdy Lam‘i Habib

Beheaded in Sinai for being Christian: remains of Magdy Lam‘i Habib

The unprecedented hate currently being visited on them is fueled by Islam’s “How Dare You?” phenomenon: As conquered non-Muslims, Christians must live as dhimmis, that is, according to traditional Islamic teaching, barely tolerated “infidels” who must be humble and submissive—to the point that they are not permitted to raise their hands to Muslims even when attacked.

Far from assuming their “proper place,” Egypt’s Christians supported the June 30 Revolution against the will and threats of the Brotherhood.  Thus, to Egypt’s disenfranchised and bitter Brotherhood and its supporters, Egypt’s Christians, beginning with their pope, are all now free game.

The only useful use for the black flag of al-Qaeda

The only good use for the black flag of al-Qaeda

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