Egypt’s Christians — Distraught and Displaced

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


Originally published by the Investigative Project on Terrorism

Reuters reported last week that “Most Christians living near Egypt’s border with Israel [in the town of Rafah in Sinai] are fleeing their homes after Islamist militants made death threats and gunmen attacked a Coptic-owned shop.” Photos of desecrated churches and Christian property show Arabic graffiti saying things like “don’t come back” and “Islam is the truth.”

All media reports describe the same sequence of events: 1) Christians were threatened with leaflets warning them to evacuate or die; 2) an armed attack with automatic rifles was made on a Christian-owned shop; 3) Christians abandoned everything and fled their homes.

Anyone following events in Egypt knows that these three points—threatening leaflets, attacks on Christian property, followed by the displacement of Christians—are happening throughout Egypt, and not just peripheral Sinai, even if the latter is the only area to make it to the Western mainstream media. Consider:

Genocidal Leaflets

On August 14, El Fegr reported that leaflets were distributed in areas with large Christian populations, including Upper Egypt, offering monetary rewards to Muslims who “kill or physically attack the enemies of the religion of Allah—the Christians in all of Egypt’s provinces, the slaves of the Cross, Allah’s curse upon them…”

As a testimony to just how safe the jihadis feel under Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi—who just freed a militant jihadi responsible for the burning of a church leaving several Christians dead—the leaflets named contact points and even a mosque where Muslims interested in learning more about killing Christians should rally “after Friday prayers where new members to the organization will be welcomed.”

On the same day these leaflets were distributed, a separate report titled “The serial killing of Copts has begun in Asyut” noted that a Christian store-owner was randomly targeted and killed by Salafis.

Muslim Attacks on Christian Properties and Persons

For months, Arabic-Christian media have been reporting ongoing stories of Muslim “gangs” and “thugs” attacking Christian homes, abducting the residents, including women and children, and demanding ransom monies—not unlike what is happening to Christians in Iraq and Syria. In one particular case, the Muslim gang attacked the home of a Coptic man, “releasing several gunshots in the air, and threatening him either to pay or die.” The gang “picked this specific village because Copts form 80% of its inhabitants.” Such reports often conclude with an all too familiar postscript: Christians calling police for help and filing complaints, all in vain.

A Coptic Solidarity report from August 20 titled “Copts in Upper Egypt Attacked, Beat, Plundered,” tells of just that—how Christians are being beat, their businesses set on fire, and their properties plundered (see also here and here for similar reports). Likewise, according to Al Moheet, a new human rights report indicates that, in Nag Hammadi alone, there are dozens of cases of Muslim gangs abducting Christian Copts and holding them for ransom. Concerning these, the Coptic Church is daily asking for justice and receiving none.

Christian Displacements

The exodus of Copts from their homes also has become an ongoing crisis, so much so that a recent statement by the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt lamented the “repeated incidents of displacement of Copts from their homes, whether by force or threat.” The statement also made clear that what happened in Sinai is no aberration: “Displacements began in Ameriya, then they stretched to Dahshur, and today terror and threats have reached the hearts and souls of our Coptic children in Rafah [Sinai].”

Indeed, back in February, a mob of over 3,000 Muslims attacked and displaced Christians in the region of Ameriya, due to unsubstantiated rumors that a Christian man was involved with a Muslim woman. Christian homes and shops were looted and then torched; “terrorized” women and children who lost their homes stood in the streets with no place to go. As usual, it took the army an hour to drive 2 kilometers to the village, and none of the perpetrators were arrested. Later, a Muslim Council permanently evicted eight Christian families and confiscated their property, even as “Muslims insisted that the whole Coptic population of 62 families must be deported.”

A few weeks ago in Dahshur, after a Christian laundry worker accidently burned the shirt of a Muslim man, the customer came with a Muslim mob to attack the Copt at home. As the Christian defended his household, a Muslim was killed. Accordingly, thousands of Muslims terrorized the area, causing 120 Christian families to flee. One elderly Coptic woman returned home from the bakery to find the area deserted of Christians. Rioting Muslims looted Christian businesses and homes. Family members of the deceased Muslim insist that the Christians must still pay with their lives.

The same time the media reported about the displacement of Christians from Rafah, a quarrel between two school girls—a Christian and a Muslim—ended when several“heavily-armed” Muslims stormed the home of the Christian girl, causing her family and three other Christian families to flee the village. When the father returned, he found that all his saved money and possessions had been plundered. When he asked police for help, the officer replied, “I can’t do anything for you, reconcile with them and end the problem.”

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Indeed, this has been the same attitude of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood led government: in all of the above cases, the government looked the other way, or, when called on it, denied reality. Thus the Coptic Holy Synod made it a point to assert in its statement that “nearly one month ago the media had published the violations against the Copts but the Egyptian authorities have not taken the necessary measures to protect the Egyptian families, who have the right to live safely in their homes.” As for the Rafah incident—the only incident to reach the mainstream media—Prime Minister Hisham Qandil denied that Christians were forced to flee, saying “One or two [Christian] families chose to move to another place and they are totally free to do so like all Egyptian citizens.”

Such governmental indifference is consistent with the fact that, despite promising greater representation for Egypt’s Christians, President Morsi just broke his word by allowing only one Copt—a female—to represent the nation’s 10-12 million Christiansin the newly formed cabinet.

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  • Coptic John

    “The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt.” said by whom?
    let me remember … Yes Hussien Obama

    • http://www.facebook.com/BARI.WALTON.VALLUZZO Bari Walton Valluzzo

      obama said the future does not belong to those who oppose isalm. obama is satan… http://youtu.be/YgXnHRGUNVQ

  • LindaRivera

    Western ruling elites response to Muslim hate, destruction, violence, murder and mayhem is to keep importing as many millions of Muslims as possible into our countries to facilitate merciless Muslim jihad against us.

    We must prevent the terrible agony, kidnappings and enormous suffering of non-Muslims in our countries that take place in Muslim countries! The video will make you weep. Egypt was once a Christian country that was conquered by Muslims. Egypt is a stark warning to the Free World.

    The Passion of the Copts http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    Comment by Egyptian Christian Copt underneath video:

    “OUR WOMEN ARE TO BE ENSLAVED IN ISLAM OUR MEN ARE TO BE KILLED AND AMERICA RECEIVES MILLIONS OF ISLAMISTS WITH OPEN ARM AND REFUSE TO GIVE US ASYLUM.”

    The suffering of non-Muslims in Muslim countries is beyond bearing. God help our brother and sister non-Muslims! This and other terrible horrors will take place in our Western countries if Muslim immigration is not stopped immediately!

    PROTECT INNOCENTS! Permanently end ALL Muslim immigration-immigrant conquerors!

    • Newspaniard

      The UNHCR is now run by death cultists. They out vote all the others. If a muslim family wants to move for economic reasons, the UNHCR will grant them "refugee" status and order some Western country to take thyem under UN rules. If a non-muslim applies to leave Egypt owing to persecution, the UNHCR ignores him in the hope that he will die, or at least go away.

  • Yander12

    Very eye-opening article. I remember reading about the Sinai displacement, but the media made it sound like it was a singular event – and here we find that this is an ongoing thing. Terrible!….

  • KKKK

    the goal of islma is to erdicate all vestages of pre-islamic cultures and replace them with…seventh century arabic culture! no surrpise.

  • curmudgeon

    due to the terrible crimes against humanity by the clinton administration, christians were cleansed from kosovo and bosnia. due the disgusting crimes of the archcriminal obama administration, egypt is being cleansed of christians. how many more holocausts will our criminal leaders aid and abet?

  • chowching

    No odor is more obnoxious to a Muslim than the odor of barbequed swine; they would rather smell s-hit. But Infidels on their day of worship fill the air with the scent of burnt pork, when carried by the wind the odor creeps into the nostrils of every Muslim. Infidels can be better tolerated if they would cook their swine thousands of miles away from Muslim communities.

    • curmudgeon

      excellent idea. since egypt, syria, turkey, tunisia, libya, lebanon, and others are traditionally christian countries, it would be an excellent idea for muslims to move themselves at least a thousand miles away. afghanistan might be a good place for them, but afghanistan is traditionally buddhist, and the buddhists worship multiple gods, an idea just intolerable to good muslims. so move your hate filled carcass to iran–no, iran is traditionally zoroastrian. that wont work. where in the world is a good place for hate filled, intolerant, murderous, pedophilic muslims to infest? i suggest the bottom of the marianas trench. hate filled monsters would be welcome there.

    • Newspaniard

      So the Christians have bacon and eggs for breakfast and get machine gunned by their death cult neighbours. Fair enoughski. Justice is justice. Under sharia law.

  • Newspaniard

    The muslim brotherhood head of Egypt has recently been seen in Europe with his begging bowl, presumably to top up his Swiss bank account. Of course every Westerner said "Yes. How much do you want? Help yourself." When are we going to elect someone who is not afraid to stand up to these dreadful death cultists and say "Sod off and sort your selves out. Saudi Arabia has more money than most Western countries, ask them." STOP ALL AID! TOURISTS STAY AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, IT'S NOT SAFE!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    So what is George Bush saying about his religion of peace today? Obama has caused the
    facilitation of Islamist invasion of what was once a free world but now beseiged by the
    devils own. The Muslim Brotherhoodsters will kill and destroy with impunity until the victims
    arm themselves and revolt to secure freedom from fascist, Islamist totalitarianism, will
    America help these Copts who the Islamist see as herd cattle to be culled and butchered
    at will, no. It is possible that Romney can help stop these outrages as American President
    but not the Islamic enabler Barak Hussein who has blood on his hands and is responsible
    for the vile, murderous changes in Egypt, freedom for the World starts in America, clean
    house here for the return to freedom…………………………….William

  • chowching259

    Hatred of infidels has increased in Egypt; Christian’s homes are being targeted, Jews no longer will be able to visit the Pyramids or see Cairo. Wearing a yarmulke or Star of David as a tourist is now risky. Salafist-Jihadists are everywhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BARI.WALTON.VALLUZZO Bari Walton Valluzzo

    are you saved b the blood of the lamb …our precious LORD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST …he is returning soon . these vides f are messages from his current day prophets like myself. http://youtu.be/Uwo_WzW0QFg