49. Salafists comment on storming Church-owned land in Shubral-Khaymah

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Dr. Khālid al-Sa'īd, spokesperson of the salafī front, denounced accusing salafists of storming a Church-owned land affiliated to the Shubrā al-Khaymah Archdiocese and calling to perform prayer in it. He was surprised from circulating these false news, according to him. While Dr. 'Isām Dirbālah, member of al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah's Shūrá Council, said that the land in Shubrā is owned by a Christian who wants to build an Archdiocese without a permit. He said that al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah supports the rights of non-Muslims to practice their religious rituals but legally and that is applied on all Egyptians, whether it is building a church or mosque. He added that if someone breaks the law then the state should penalize that person not individuals. (John 'Abd al-Malāk, Nuhá Lamlūm and Mahmūd Gharīb, al-Misrīyūn, November 7, 2012, p. 4)

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It is obvious that there are contradictions between the statements of Dr. Khālid Sa'īd who denied the incident and Dr. 'Isām Dirbālah who confirmed the incident and asked to refer to the law. Additionally, Eyewitnesses told ON TV reporter Amīr Husām (Balādna or "Our Country" Program hosted by Rīm Mājid on November 6 Episode) that people who stormed the land, during building the fence,  were Salafists and they know them personally from the area. 

Dr. 'Isām Dirbālah always make statements when a problem occur during building a church but never when a mosque is being built.

Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah had filed a report to the Public Prosecutor numbered 4380 for year 2012, Qalyūb Police Station. He also informed the National Security Apparatus and the Security Department affiliated to the Ministry of Interior to contain the situation and avoid sectarian tension.

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