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January 04, 2011

Copts Under Siege

The New Year’s Day attack on a church in Alexandria that claimed the lives of 23 Coptic Christians was preceded by threats against churches and individual believers in Europe and North America, raising the possibility that Coptic Christmas celebrations slated to take place on Jan. 7, 2011 will be marred by acts of violence, not only in Egypt but elsewhere throughout the world. Fortunately, these threats have been getting a fair amount of attention from the mainstream press.

On Dec. 21, 2010 – more than a week before the attack in Alexandria – the Toronto Sun reported that Muslim extremists have posted the names, phone numbers and photos of Coptic believers in Canada on the Internet with the apparent desire to target them for death. “The fact [that] photos and phone numbers accompany the names of those targeted is believed to mean someone inside Canada is providing the information [to extremists outside the country],” the Toronto Sun reported.

Three days after the attack, the Washington Post reported that governments throughout Europe have provided stepped up protection to Coptic Christians in their countries in response to online threats against this community.

While such security arrangements have long been part of Jewish life in Europe, the need for officials in Europe to provide security for local Christian worship services is a new phenomenon.

Will media outlets cover the anti-Coptic incitement in the Middle East? They should. It's not that hard a story to cover. Websites fomenting hostility toward Coptic Christians are relatively easy to find on the Internet. For example, this anti-Evangelization website displays an image of the decapitated head of Coptic Pope Shenouda III surrounded by flames. The image is displayed below the jump. (Warning: Not for the faint of heart.)

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Anti-Coptic Imagery

Posted by dvz at January 4, 2011 04:05 PM

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Thank you for this info. I will be traveling to Israel for vacation soon and as a pastor want to support these Copts -- if a visit from an American pastor would encourage them. Could you suggest a contact for me?

Posted by: Fritz Longabaugh at January 6, 2011 12:30 PM

Thank you for this information. Does Israel provide refuge for Copts and other Middle East Christians persecuted?

Posted by: Ted at January 6, 2011 05:32 PM

I will continue to pray for my brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus for their faith and stand firm to the rock of there salvation..If these christian killers think they could kill them the christian for sure they are wrong, because those got killed right now they are more alive than ever before and dancing with the Lord in the most high places, they are more happy and very very secured in the hand of the Lord..Praise the Lord.. amen

Posted by: Pricila Vales at January 9, 2011 10:11 PM

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