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January 17, 2011

Was Alexandria A Tipping Point?

Writing in YNET today, Manfred Gerstenfeld from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asks whether or not the recent attacks against Christians in Egypt have created a tipping point for the West's understanding of the Middle East. He writes:

On New Year’s Eve there was a murderous attack on a Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt in which 23 Christians were killed and many dozens were wounded. Last week a Christian was shot on an Egyptian train and five others were wounded. The murders in Alexandria drew far more international interest than many other attacks on Copts in recent years. They also gained far more attention than other recent lethal attacks on Christians in countries such as Iraq, Pakistan or Nigeria.

One wonders whether this event might be a tipping point for the Western world. Are Western governments and Christians finally starting to interest themselves a bit more seriously regarding the fate of Christians in the Muslim world? If so, this took quite a long time. Back in 1994, Israeli Middle East expert Mordechai Abir had already summed up the Copts’ situation in one sentence: “Egypt has been unable to combat the hate of fundamentalist Muslims toward the Copts who are true remnants of the original Egyptian population.?

Gerstenfeld also takes note of Al Qaeda's threats against Coptic Christians outside the Middle East:

The attacks [against Copts in Egypt] were followed by threats on an al-Qaeda connected website which indicated that Coptic churches in Europe would also be targeted. As a result, Coptic New Year services in various European countries had to be guarded. For decades, the only European religious services with a security system in place were at synagogues. Once again, Jews were the first targets while others followed later.

Read it all.

Posted by dvz at January 17, 2011 04:09 PM


He is optimistic to think this will change the liberal Protestant viewpoint. I started a thread on a liberal Protestant Canadian forum about the Coptic Christians and was immediately attacked.

I have no idea why.

It started a huge fight and virtually no one agreed with me.

Posted by: Anne at January 17, 2011 08:08 PM

Unfortunately, in light of that tragedy, I don't think this will help wake anyone up; just as 9/11 didn't help anyone wake up about the nature of jihadism (there was a reaction to terrorism, but still no official policies by Western powers demonstrating an understanding of the nature of the threat).

It is the 'mission' of the leftists to block and confuse the West gaining a clear understanding of the Islamic world.

As Martin Kramer wrote, in 1998 the year Osama bin Laden declared war on America, John Esposito of Columbia uni wrote that "Focusing on Osama bin Laden ... risk[s] catapulting one of the many sources of terrorism to center stage, distorting ... the significance of a single individual."

Posted by: Caped Crusader [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 18, 2011 06:44 AM

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