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Today’s overview deals with calls by the Azhar on Muslim countries meeting at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in the Saudi city of Jeddah to withdraw the Arab initiative to settle the disputes between Israel and the Palestinians. It also tackles the Egyptian churches’...
Today’s overview highlights the return home of some Christian families displaced over clashes in the Giza district of Dahshūr and efforts by the salafī al-Nūr Party to contain another sectarian unrest in the northern Egypt governorate of al-Beheira.
Today’s overview deals with the successful efforts by a conciliatory commission to settle the sectarian unrest between Muslims and Christians in the Giza district of Dahshūr in incidents that gripped the nation during the past couple of weeks.
The deadly terror attack that left several Egyptian army officers and soldiers killed or wounded on the borders with the Gaza Strip just as they were beginning to have their iftār (fast-breaking meal in the Muslim holy month of Ramadān) is the focal point of today’s overview which also deals with...
Today's overview highlights the issue of Dahshūr, where calm has been restored and local residents have appealed to Coptic families who left their houses after unrest in the troubled area to return home. The al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah (Islamic Group) said the Dahshūr clashes did not amount to a...
On Thursday, July 26, the family of ‘Umar ‘Abd al-Rahmān ratcheted up their rhetoric in their awareness campaign to free their father. The family issued five demands to President Mursī and invited speakers to comment, some of whom threatened America harshly. In the picture: Kamāl Hilbāwī
Dozens of Copts protested inside the St. Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-'Abbāssīyah on Friday (July 27) to appeal to the Coptic Orthodox Church representatives to withdraw from the constitution-writing assembly which they termed as "sectarian". ['Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, July...
The higher organization of the so-called Coptic State, formed by some expatriate Copts in the United States who seek the division of Egypt and establishment of an independent state for Copts, appealed in a letter to the World Bank and U.S. President Barack Obama to avoid sending foodstuffs to...
President Muhammad Mursī endorsed a decision appointing former Deputy Governor of Cairo Samīr Marqus as an aide to the president amidst welcome in Coptic circles that praised Marqus’s political and intellectual savvy. [Hadīr Subhī and Manāl Sulaymān, al-Misryūn, July 26, p. 3] Read original text...
The salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party threatened to withdraw from the constituent assembly undertaking the writing of a new constitution for post-revolution Egypt and to bring together millions to refuse the constitution if Articles II and III were left unchanged in their current drafting in the 1971...
Azhar scholars lashed out at a Jewish member of Knesset (MK) for ripping up the New Testament for a copy of the Bible and claiming that it was behind Adolf Hitler’s destruction of Jews. [Hassan al-Khatīb, Veto, July 24, p. 8] Read text in Arabic
The salafī al-Asālah and al-Nūr parties excoriated the Azhar over the top Sunni establishment’s reiterated calls to keep Article II as stated in the 1971 Constitution. [Muhammad ‘Anaz, al-Ahrām, July 22, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
The constitution-writing panel is facing two fresh crises as differences erupted once again over the drafting of Article II as well as the status of the army and the military establishment’s influence in the state. [Hamdī Dabash, Dālyā ‘Uthmān and ‘Usāmah al-Mahdī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, July 21, p. 1...
A Coptic human rights activist sent an urgent message to Foreign Minister Muhammad Kāmil ‘Amr asking him to summon the Israeli ambassador in Cairo to notify him of the strong protest and discontent of all Egyptians – Copts and Muslims – over an Israeli Knesset member’s desecration of a copy of...
I think we all agree that the Salafist groups have been the main supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party since February 12, 2011 till present. This was clearly evident during the referendum on constitutional amendments, in the elections of the People’s Assembly and...
A meeting convened at the Azhar conference center in Nasr City, organized by the Sufi-Coptic Alliance on Tuesday (July 17), vociferously criticized the Muslim Brotherhood and salafists. [‘Usāmah al-Mahdī and Mahmūd Ramzī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, July 18, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
Representatives of Christian denominations and some Sufi Muslim leaders met several times to discuss ways to promote moderate ideologies in the society, disseminate the culture of acceptance of others and advance the rule of law, lawyer Amīr Ramzī revealed. [Ahmad al-Sa’dāwī, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd,...
The Coptic Orthodox and Catholic churches and a large number of Coptic activists refused to meet U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Egypt on Sunday (July 15) out of rejection of the United States’ interference in Egypt’s internal affairs. [Husnī Mīlād and Ahmad ‘Abd al-...
Human Rights First on Saturday (July 14) urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to put the issue of enhancing Egyptian women’s rights on her agenda of talks with Egyptian President Muhammad Mursī. [Basmah al-Mahdī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, July 15, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
The United States wants a successful democratic transition in Egypt in a way that would fulfill the Egyptian people’s ambitions and promises of the January 25 revolution, adding how this can be achieved is up to the Egyptian people alone to decide, said U.S. State Department Spokesman Patrick...
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