Jewish Holocaust survivor in UK is rescuing Christians in Iraq and Syria under threat from the Islamic State

Lord Weidenfeld, who escaped Nazi-occupied Austria as a child, is funding the rescue of some 2,000 Christians from Syria and Iraq as a way of showing his gratitude to the people who saved him from the Nazis. 

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The JC  Lord Weidenfeld, a Jewish Peer in the UK, says he has “a debt to repay” to Christians fleeing the Islamic State (ISIS), because the Quakers and the Plymouth Brethren fed and clothed him and helped him to reach Britain in 1938. Weidenfeld’s Safe Havens Fund flew 150 Syrian Christians who were fleeing ISIS to Warsaw on Friday to seek refuge in Poland. 

But the project has faced criticism over Lord Weidenfeld’s decision NOT to include any Muslims in the rescue effort.  The Obama Regime has refused to take part in the operation, claiming discrimination (against Muslims). The mission has the support of Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

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The Christian populations of both countries have fallen precipitously in the past decade, however, and Lord Weidenfeld defended the project’s narrow focus. He said: “I can’t save the world, but there is a very specific possibility on the Christian side. Let others do what they like for the Muslims.”

Funding was also given by other Jewish philanthropists and charitable groups such as the JNF, and aims to offer 12 to 18 months of support to the refugees.

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The publisher, who co-founded Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 1948, was rescued from Nazi-occupied Austria thanks to the generosity of members of the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian group, which took him in, fed and clothed him. 

He said: “I had a debt to repay. It applies to so many of the young people who were on the Kindertransports. It was Quakers and other Christian denominations who brought those children to England.

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“It was a very noble operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians.” The peer paid for the privately chartered plane to carry the first batch of refugees with the agreement of the Polish government and the Assad regime in Syria. 

Lord Weidenfeld, 95, told the Times: “The primary objective is to bring the Christians to safe haven. ISIS is unprecedented in its primitive savagery compared with the more sophisticated Nazis. “When it comes to pure lust for horror and sadism, they are unprecedented. There never was such scum as these people.

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“My main concern is — and this is terribly important for me as a member of the generation that can look back to the time before World War Two — the lack of will to defend oneself; to get boots on the ground and to get rid of these people. The lack of desire to fight the enemy, to slay the dragon in his lair.

“I am appalled by the lack of action. The brave Kurds have shown in the battle for Kobani that you can defeat them. In a disunited world, the road is wide open for the terrorists.”

He added that he hoped to replicate the work done by the likes of the late Sir Nicholas Winton, who helped to organise Kinderstransport trains that saved more than 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazis. Sir Nicholas died on 1 July. There were 1.1 million Christians in Syria in 2011, but in March a report from the European Parliament said that 700,000 had fled since the start of the conflict.

Some of the Syrian refugees were flown to Warsaw in a project led by Lord Weidenfeld

Some of the Syrian refugees who were flown to Warsaw by Lord Weidenfeld

 

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NIGERIA: #BringBackOurGirls Christian parents speak out after Muslim savages murder their daughter for refusing to convert to Islam

“I was told that my daughter refused to change her religion. I was told that they dug a hole and buried her up to her neck and then they stoned her to death.”

MW News  For over a year, desperate family members have held onto the slightest glimmer of hope that over 200 Chibok Christian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram would miraculously be returned to them unharmed. Unfortunately, many parents have received grim news that their precious daughters have already fallen to the blade of Islam. 

The Christian Post reports that most of the hundreds of Nigerian girls held captive by Boko Haram have been forcibly converted to Islam and married off to militants. Like Monica, those who refuse to convert often suffer horrific fates at the hands of their captors as an example to the other girls.

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‘ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS) IN PALESTINE’ threatens to massacre Christians in Jerusalem unless they leave the area

unnamedFlyers bearing the ISIS black flag have begun circulating in the area of Eastern Jerusalem.  The leaflets reportedly threaten Christians who remain in the area with death if they don’t get out after the Muslim observance of Ramadan is over, saying: “Christians and nonbelievers: Go away now or you will be killed.”

Christian Examiner  A translation of the message reveals that the group seeks “revenge” for “those who collaborate with the Zionists” and “Christian collaborators” because they “encourage Muslims to leave their religion and become more secular and open, and they spread evil,” reports The Jerusalem Post.

The note also states “ISIS soldiers will work to kill these people so this country is clean of them and… will clean this country and the Muslim Quarter from these Christians during this holy Ramadan.” It concludes with a statement that because Christians violated a pact made when Muslims conquered Jerusalem they must leave or die within one month.

h/t Roni Stoker

 

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WILD BILL FOR AMERICA proposes a new national homeland exclusively for Christians

Considering the rampant rise in persecution of Christians all around the world, and now, even in America, too, it might be time to create a separate national homeland only for Christians.

Perhaps it could be built on land surrounding Israel which would make it a buffer zone against Arab Muslim hatred. Together the two nations united could become the Judeo-Christian center of the universe….with one of the best militaries on earth to protect them. Sweet.

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ISRAEL: The Islamic State (ISIS) issues leaflet threatening to slaughter all Arab Christians unless they leave Jerusalem by the end of Ramadan

islamic-state-issues-statement-calling-for-invasion-of-jerusalem-isis-israelArab Christians, accused of being Israeli collaborators, must clear out of Jerusalem or face a massacre once Ramadan is over, according to a leaflet allegedly distributed in several locations by ‘Islamic State, Jerusalem Emirate.’ Muslims in Jerusalem have been mandated by ISIS to kill any Christians who refuse to leave.

Haaretz  After greeting Muslims for Ramadan, the leaflet promises ISIS will cleanse the city from Christians, calling them agents of Israel and the West. The leaflet also said the group knows where most of the city’s Christians reside. 

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“We tell the heretic Christians, you must clear out immediately or we’ll massacre you on Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and one month is time enough to evacuate,” said the leaflet. The leaflet is signed: “Islamic State, Jerusalem Emirate.”

Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah and Bishop Atallah Hanna from the Orthodox Church responded to the leaflet, saying nothing will scare Christians away from their lands or from Jerusalem.

Sabah doubted that the leaflet was issued by ISIS, and said it may be an attempt to divert public attention from the torching of the Tabgha church earlier this month.

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BECAUSE THEY AREN’T MUSLIMS? Is that why the UN isn’t asking Europe and the U.S. to take in persecuted Assyrian Christians as refugees?

rf1After failed negotiations, the Islamic State (IS) has refused to release 242 Assyrian Christian hostages captured during a late February raid along the Khabur River in Syria. Originally, they were demanding $242 million for the hostages. It is feared they will be turned into sex slaves and/or executed.

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Raymond Ibrahim  On May 1, IS demanded 242 million U.S. dollars for the release of the 93 women, 51 children, and 98 men taken captive.  The Assyrian church, family, and friends, unable to raise such a large sum, made a lesser, undisclosed offer, which the Islamic State rejected, saying it would no longer negotiate concerning the fate of the captive Christians.

Based on Islamic law, their fate will now likely be slavery (women and children especially) or execution (men especially).

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According to Bishop Mar Mellis:

We tried many times to negotiate with the people that captured them and for their release.

We offered them an amount of money ($1 million) in accordance with the law of jizya but sadly after a week the negotiator between us returned and told us that ISIS wanted $100,000 for each person. They were asking for over $23 million.

We are a poor nation. These people [Christian captives] have not done anything wrong and won’t harm anyone. We as Assyrians do not have this amount of money you are asking for. We offered an amount of money that we cannot disclose at this time. With the amount we offered, we thought it was acceptable, to have the return of the 230 people.

After two days, they [Islamic State] told us: “The amount the church offered was not acceptable. From now on, we will no longer negotiate with you.” We then thought we would wait, hoping they would come back to talk. Sadly, we received word that the 230 kidnapped people will be sent to the Court of Sharia in Raqqa, where a Muslim judge from Mosul will deliver their fate.

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In the context of these ongoing attacks that the ancient Assyrian Christian community has been exposed to, particularly at the hands of IS, Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church of the East declared before a European parliament on human rights that “Assyrian Christians are facing a danger that threatens their existence in their historical regions.”

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FINALLY! Justice for a Christian professor in India who had his hand chopped off by angry Muslims after he set a grammar exam question about a character called Mohammed

Oh, NOT the notorious paedophile prophet Mohammed, just a regular guy named Mohammed.

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UK Daily Mail  Professor T J Joseph from Kerala, India was brutally maimed by 13 members of the Islamic Group ‘The Popular Front’ because he used the name Mohammed in a grammar exam. After giving the paper to his students Joseph was ambushed on his way home from church in 2010.

He described to India’s NDTV website how, following a number of lucky escapes from previous attacks, he was dragged from his car and then thugs slashed at his hand with knives. Joseph has had to go through a number of surgical procedures to reattach and save what little remained of his hand and to treat other gashes sustained in the savage attack.

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The professor, who teaches communication at a college in Thodpuzah, explained that the attack took place not far from his home as his assailants blocked him in his car using their vehicle and then smashed his window. He was taken to a specialists’ hospital in Ernakulam where his hand was reattached through a complicated procedure.

The motivation for the Islamists’ attack came some months earlier when Joseph gave students a number of sentences to punctuate which contained the name Mohammed. None of the exam referenced the Islamic prophet.

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Not long after, rumblings began at Joseph’s college but none of his fellow teachers stood behind him. He explained that because some had seemed to apologize to the community on his behalf, had confirmed his guilt in the eyes of local Muslims.

Ten of the those involved in the attack on Joseph have now been sentenced to eight years in prison, India’s National Ivestigative Agency Court jailed the three other assailants to teo years jail time, and a fine of 8 lakh.

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BAD MOVE EGYPT: Egyptian Christian youths face trial for ‘insulting Islam’ by making fun of ISIS

B9316274077Z.1_20150216144655_000_GAJ9VQE8S.1-0Four Egyptian Christian kids who dared make fun of ISIS in a harmless video are headed for trial along with their teacher on charges of “insulting Islam,” after their Muslim neighbors got hold of the footage and went to police.

FOX News (h/t ToastedHam)  Aged between 15 and 16, the youths could face up to five years in a youth detention center – while the teacher would serve any sentence he receives in prison – if the court finds them guilty of violating Egypt’s blasphemy law, Egypt-focused activists say. 

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Still shot of one of the boys from the video

Egyptian Christian and civil rights groups are leading calls for their release, but the five – members of the Coptic community that descends from the non-Arab people whose Pharaohs ruled ancient Egypt – have already spent weeks in police holding cells.

“They are some kids who decided to have fun in a private place,” Mina Thabet, a Coptic activist and researcher at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, told FoxNews.com from Cairo. “They were on a trip with their teacher, but somehow rumor got out that they’d thrown down the Koran, and had insulted Islam, so that led to their arrests.”

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The teacher, Gad Younan, 42, had been escorting the four boys ­– and a fifth Coptic youth seen in the video – on a faith-based excursion outside their home village of Al-Nasriyah in Minya Governorate. At some point, the teacher allowed the boys to shoot a video on his cell phone in their hotel room.

Thabet said the 32-second clip ­– provided exclusively to FoxNews.com – fails to support the rumors about the boys having allegedly insulted Islam. Instead, it shows them mocking ISIS by imitating a beheading – a form of execution that has become one of the terror group’s multiple signature atrocities.

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“They use some words that are used in Muslim prayers, but they are in no way being disrespectful to Islam,” said Thabet. “And even if they were, they should have the right to free speech ­­– but in Egypt we have this law.”

Article 98(f) of the Egyptian Penal Code criminalizes a series of faith-related comments, including “insulting a heavenly religion or a sect following it.”

Muslim residents in Al-Nasriyah filed an initial complaint in early April, leading to Younan’s arrest and, says one Coptic newspaper report, questioning over four days. More than 2,000 local Muslims then launched a series of marches over three days in order to put pressure on the parents of the children to give up their loved ones to the authorities, witnesses reported.

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“They were…chanting: ‘With our souls and blood, we will defend you, oh Islam! We will not leave you; we will take revenge for you!” Salah told how the mobs were “pelting Christian homes with stones” and “pounding threateningly on doors and windows” of shops owned by Coptic Christians.

A “reconciliation meeting” between the Muslim and Christian communities in the village ended the way Coptic activists say such gatherings typically end: with the Christian side being essentially forced to offer its apologies and make a series of concessions.

This one ended with the Christians of the village condemning what had happened, and agreeing to ban Younan from the village “in order to preserve his life and to calm the situation,” said their signed avowal document, according to World Watch Monitor.

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Well, that didn’t last very long

The prosecution of the youths comes against the backdrop of a new wave of Muslim targeting of Christians in the towns and villages of Minya Governorate despite a pledge by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to protect members of the faith amid his calls for national unity.

The targeting has included mob-violence and even police raids on Christian places of worship, most often in relation to attempts by Christians to repair or rebuild some of the 80 or so churches damaged or destroyed attacks on them in August 2013.

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NIGER, AFRICA: In just a few hours, Muslims burned down, destroyed, and ransacked at least 80 Christian buildings including 69 churches

Church-BurningMostly unreported by the Western media, in reaction to the mass slaughter of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris, hundreds of Muslims in Niger went on a wild rampage systematically destroying and torching dozens of churches, Christian schools and homes in just a matter of a few hours.

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CBN Ten Christians lost their lives and hundreds were injured when Muslim mobs went on the deadly rampage in early January.

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“They took pews, Bibles, chairs and sound equipment then set them on fire,” Issa, pastor of Bethel Horizon Church in Niamey the capital city, said. “They did this while chanting, “Allahu Akbar” and leaving messages of ‘There is no God but Allah and Mohamed is his messenger.’

Yet now, over 3 months later, not even one arrest has been made by the government  Muslim leaders even deny that Muslims did this, saying Muslims don’t do this type of thing. It must have been Christians.”

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Did Obama bar an Iraqi nun from entering the U.S. to testify about ISIS atrocities because she is a Christian?

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Sister Diana Momeka, the only Christian in a delegation of Iraqi minority groups, was coming to tell Americans about the Islamic State’s (ISIS) persecution and slaughter of Christians in Iraq, but the State Department won’t let her in.

National Review  Sister Diana Momeka was the only Christian in the delegation and the only member blocked from the trip, leading some of her American supporters to question why she was singled out.

Why is the United States barring Sister Diana Momeka, a persecuted Iraqi Catholic nun — an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS — from coming to Washington to testify about this catastrophe?

Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington — save one. The single delegate whose visitor visa was denied happens to be the group’s only Christian from Iraq.

Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena was informed on Tuesday by the U.S. consulate in Erbil that her non-immigrant-visa application has been rejected. The reason given in the denial letter is:  You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa.

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She told me in a phone conversation that, to her face, consular officer Christopher Patch told her she was denied because she is an “IDP” or Internally Displaced Person. “That really hurt,” she said. Essentially, the State Department was calling her a deceiver.

The State Department officials made the determination that the Catholic nun could be falsely asserting that she intends to visit Washington when secretly she could be intending to stay. That would constitute illegal immigration, and that, of course, is strictly forbidden (except if you are Hispanic, Black, or Muslim)  Once here, she could also be at risk for claiming political asylum, and the U.S. seems determined to deny ISIS’s Christian victims that status.

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Sister Diana Momeka

In reality, Sister Diana had meetings set up with the Senate and House foreign-relations committees, the State Department, USAID, and various NGOs. In support of her application, Sister Diana had multiple documents vouching for her and the temporary nature of her visit. 

She also submitted an invitation from her sponsors, two highly respected Washington-area institutions, the Institute for Global Engagement and former congressman Frank Wolf’s (R., Va.) 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. For good measure, she also had a letter of endorsement for her visit from Representative Anna Eshoo (D., Calif.).

The State Department wasn’t buying. It either thought that they were all in on a scheme by the nun or that Sister Diana was plotting to deceive her well-placed friends and supporters, as well as the U.S. government.

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Until ISIS stormed into Qaraqosh last August, Sister Diana had a distinguished academic career and had been teaching an intensive course on spiritual direction at St. Ephrem Seminary, as well as English and peacemaking courses. She, along with the town’s 50,000 other, mostly Christian, residents, fled for their lives from ISIS during the second week of August. Since then, the 30-something religious woman has served as a spokesperson for this community, as well as for the over 100,000 other Christians driven into Kurdistan under the ISIS “convert or die” policy. 

She is  viewed as a critical voice to awaken the church in the West to the suffering of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.” But in the eyes of the U.S. consulate, she is just another Christian IDP. 

Adding insult to injury: In its 2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, issued this week, the State Department pledged that “every overseas post and domestic bureau will seek opportunities to engage religious leaders,” as part of its pursuit of countering “violent extremism.” Opportunities to engage with everyone, that is, except Catholic nuns in Iraq.

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NONE of Moochelle Obama’s ‘BringBackOurGirls’ girls were among the 200 girls and 93 women rescued by Nigerian forces from Boko Haram

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Islamic terrorist group BOKO HARAM, having formed an alliance with ISIS, is now doing business as the ‘Islamic State in West Africa.’

The announcement from Nigeria’s military Tuesday that it had rescued 200 girls and 93 women from the Sambisa Forest raised hopes that the mostly Christian Chibok girls — whose mass kidnap ignited global rallies and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign — finally had been found. None of the girls rescued this week matched any of the 219 still missing from the Chibok kidnapping just over a year ago, and are feared to have been sold into sexual slavery by Boko Haram.

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EGYPT: 71 Muslim Brotherhood savages get life sentences for torching Christian church

An Egyptian court has sentenced 71 Muslims to life in prison for their role in the August 2013 burning of a Christian church in the Giza province village of Kafr Hakim, state news reports.

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CNN  (h/t Pete) The Virgin Mary Church was torched and looted by a mob, some of whom chanted against Coptic Christians and called for Egypt to become an “Islamic state,” one of at least 42 churches and many more businesses and homes targeted that August, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch reports. Others attacked included St. George Church in Sohag, a city south of Cairo on the Nile River, and Prince Tadros Church in Fayoum, which is southwest of Cairo, according to reports.

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In addition to those getting life sentences, two minors were sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (about $1,300), Egypt’s official Egynews reported.

Most of those sentenced — 52 of the 73 defendants — were tried in absentia, with 21 already in prison, according to Egynews.

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Some blamed the church and other attacks on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that backed Mohamed Morsy. Morsy became Egypt’s first democratically elected president following the ouster of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. Morsy was pushed out by Egypt’s military. 

Morsy was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this month after being convicted on charges related to violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012. But he was acquitted of murder in the deaths of protesters.

Christian churches across Egypt stormed, torched

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This is a partial list:
Churches

 Alexandria

  1. Father Maximus Church

Arish

  1. St George Church | Burned 

Assiut

  1. Good Shepherds Monastery |  Nuns attacked
  2. Angel Michael Church | Surrounded
  3. St George Coptic Orthodox Church 
  4. Al-Eslah Church| Burned 
  5. Adventist Church | Pastor and his wife kidnapped 
  6. St Therese Church 
  7. Apostles Church | Burning 
  8. Holy Revival Church | Burning 

Beni Suef

  1. The Nuns School 
  2. St George Church | al-Wasta

Cairo

  1. St Fatima Basilica | Heliopolis | Attempted Attack

Fayoum (Five churches)

  1. St Mary Church | El Nazlah 
  2. St Damiana Church | Robbed and burned
  3. Amir Tawadros (St Theodore) Church
  4. Evangelical Church | al-Zorby Village | Looting and destruction
  5. Church of Joseph | Burned 
  6. Franciscan School | Burned 

Gharbiya

  1. Diocese of St Paul | Burned 

Giza

  1. Father Antonios
  2. Atfeeh Bishopric

Minya 

  1. Church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abram | Delga, Deir Mawas 
  2. St Mina Church | Abu Hilal Kebly, Beni Hilal 
  3. Baptist Church | Beni Mazar 
  4. Deir Mawas Bishopric
  5. Delga Church | Attacked 
  6. The Jesuit Fathers Church | Abu Hilal district
  7. St Mark Church | Abu Hilal district
  8. St Joseph Nunnery 
  9. Amir Tadros Church 
  10. Evangelical Church 
  11. Anba Moussa al-Aswad Church
  12. Apostles Church 

Qena

  1. St Mary’s Church | Attempted Burning

Sohag

  1. St George Church 
  2. St Damiana | Attacked and burned 
  3. Virgin Mary | Attacked and burned 
  4. St Mark Church & Community Center
  5. Anba Abram Church | Destroyed and burned 

Suez

  1. St Saviours Anglican Church 
  2. Franciscan Church and School | Street 23 | Burned 
  3. Holy Shepherd Monastery and Hospital 
  4. Good Shepherd Church (molotov cocktail thrown)- Relationship with Holy Shepherd Monastery unknown.
  5. Greek Orthodox Church 

Christian Institutions

  • House of Father Angelos (Pastor of Church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abram) | Delga, Minya | Burned 
  • Properties and Markets of Copts | al-Gomhorreya Street, Assiut
  • Seventeen Coptic homes | Delga, Minya | Burned
  • YMCA | Minya| Burned 
  • Coptic Homes | Qulta Street, Assiut | Attacked
  • Offices of the Evangelical Foundation & Oum al-Nour | Minya
  • Coptic-owned shops, pharmacy, and hotels | Karnak and Cleopatra Streets, Luxor | Attacked and Looted
  • Dahabeya Nile Boat | Minya| Church-owned 
  • Bible Society bookshop | Cairo | Burned 
  • Bible Society | Fayoum 
  • Bible Society | al-Gomohoreya Street, Assiut 

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