7. The highlight of 1997; Copts and the cutting of aid
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Demonstration in front of the Egyptian consulate in New York; 16 Copts murdered per minute C.N.N.-TV; Egypt is a place of persecution. See how they treat monkeys and bears in the zoo. Mahmoud Wahba: Jews are using Copts to cover a disaster among them.
Rose al- Yūsuf, July 28, is also very upset about American interference in Egypt’s religious communities, and shows that claims of persecution are highly exaggerated and that Jewish organizations have been behind such claims, not because they are interested in human rights, but because they want American funds to Egypt to be cut.
The newspaper also reports that Peter Vallone, head the local council of New York city, has presented a report that indicates that the city is to boycott all companies and banks that deal with the 15 countries in which Christians are persecuted, Egypt, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia.
6. Listen to the voices of the country and reason.
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Dr. Milad Hanna, one of Egypt’s most prominent Christians, author of many books on Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt and columnist in Al-Ahram, is very dismayed about the proposed American religious freedom law. In an article in Al-Ahram of July 22 he writes that there are sectarian clashes which are nothing else but ’masked ignorance’. The Americans are not interested in the Copts, he writes. They only use them to achieve their own political aims. Egyptians shouldn’t let themselves to be used. This was tried before when the British occupied Egypt, but the Egyptians remained united. Sectarianism erupted under Sadat but President Mubarak managed to bring communal peace back to the country. "The Copts are very Egyptian" he writes, "their problems are an internal affair. No one has anything to do with it. We should not let anyone use the Copts to achieve his own aims and interests."
The writer criticizes the US policy towards Muslims. He states that 13 thousand of Arab and Muslims living in America have been exiled without warning them. Since September 11 the US is frightened of terrorism that could be carried out by Muslims. Thus, the American government is not going to halt its aggressive policy against Muslims.
24. American actions opened the terrorism’s appetite
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July 11, 2005
Bahā´ī Abu Shaqqa, lawyer and member of al-Wafd´s Supreme Council
Basim N. Hafiz
Egypt was right when it called for collective action against terrorism under the umbrella of an international conference. Egypt was victimized by terrorism and was looking for the collective good when it launched that call. But it was responded to with negligence and selfishness, until terrorism affected those who did not fear it or supported it.
The USA exploits religious freedom and human rights to stretch its control over the region of the Middle East and to justify its intervention in the domestic affairs of countries that are against the double standard American polices.
The author comments on Khals Jalabi´s “The need for Gandhi in Palestine” and Ma´amoun Fandy´s “The Arabic media was defeated in Jenin.” Jalabi called Arabs for nonviolence and civil resistance in their conflict with Israel and Fandy criticized the Arabic media. The author said that his comment is not to defend the Arabic media or to justify the Arabic weakness but to show that some writers write about the misery of the Arab world in a way that leads to nothing but depression and frustration.