Christians in Egypt Facing Relentless Attacks Amid Nationwide Upheaval

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CAIRO: In latest commotion in Egypt, anti-Christian attacks augment alongside while Pakistani Media, Christian leaders and activist overlook the persecution of Egyptian Christians.

Churches burnt in Egypt
Churches burnt in Egypt

The New York Times states, how “the steady drumbeat of sectarian incidents since Mr. Mubarak’s downfall appears to have been eclipsed by the explosion of anti-Christian attacks over the last three days.” According to the NYT at this time an estimated 37bChurches and 14 Christian schools have been hit by violent protestors. In the intervening time, the Egyptian military has pledged to rebuild the damaged Christian buildings.


 

Al Jazeera reports that Egyptian Christians “face unprecedented attacks.” According to Ramez  Atallah, General Secretary for The Bible Society of Egypt,” Many of us involved in Christian ministry in Egypt are appalled at the misunderstandings about the situation in Egypt being propagated by even normally balanced international media like the BBC, and the way it has, in general, portrayed the Muslim Brotherhood as the victims of injustice.”
 

“So, on behalf of myself, Ramez Atallah, Pastor Fayez Ishaq (part of the leadership team at Kasr El Dubarrah Evangelical Church), other ministry leaders in Egypt and the leadership of Middle East Concern, please allow me to paint a bigger picture of what has been going on the past year or so…”
 

“Most Egyptians expected the violence,” wrote Ramez Atallah. “Nevertheless, it is heartbreaking to watch on TV this bloodshed between fellow-Egyptians unfolding before our eyes,” he carried on.
 

The Bible Society of Egypt reports that 15 churches and three Christian schools have been attacked, while two of its bookshops in Assiut and Minia, the largest cities in southern Egypt, were set on fire and completely destroyed. “Fortunately we were closed today, fearing such an attack, so none of our staff were injured,” Ramez Atallah. He went on to state, “It is important to underline that—while some Christian properties have been the victim of this violence—they are by no means the only ones targeted. This is an attack against the State by a violent minority in an attempt to destabilize the Nation.”