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Bashīr 'Īsá writes that the attack on the Church of the Two Saints, Saint Mark and Pope Peter in Alexandria is not different than the November attack at the Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad.
The author is surprised at what she sees as the double standard of Egyptians in reacting to religious incidents. 'Īsá says that Egyptians were very upset when a veiled women was killed in Germany by a mentally ill person, but he claims that they did not move when Christians were recently killed in Alexandria and elsewhere.
He adds that it is not appropriate to change the Egyptian constitution in order to pretend to fight terrorism or fitnah.
Yūsuf Sidhum provides a contextual analysis of the recent attack on the Church of the Two Saints, Saint Mark and Pope Peter in Alexandria.
He says that even though authorities suspect foreign involvement in the terror plot, the attack could not have been carried out unless the foreign groups in question were able to recruit the "necessary elements inside Egypt to execute it."
Sidhum then focuses primarily on what he sees as injustices against Copts on the "legislative, official, educational, and media levels," providing suggestions for each of these categories.
In this editorial, Yūsuf Sidhum comments on the outpouring of anger on behalf of many Coptic Christians following the attack on a church in Alexandria that left 24 dead.
Sidhum alleges that this reaction comes not only because of the recent bombing, but as the result of a "long history of blatant discrimination against Copts."
However, the author says that "tumultuous, mobbing wrath" is not the correct response. Instead, Sidhum relays a poem written by his close friend, which is based on the Biblical verse Romans 12:19, which says, "Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath."
Representatives attending the closing session of the Islamic Parliamentary Conference in Abu Dhabi say that Egypt is an example of genuine coexistence between Muslims and Christians, according to state-supported al-Jumhūrīyah.
The paper says that conference attendees expressed their support for Egypt’s rejection of any interference by Western powers that claim they are protecting Christians in Muslim countries.
People’s Assembly Speaker Ahmad Fathī Surūr announced that the conference had sent a clear message to the Western world regarding the Muslim position on this issue.
Surūr said that the conference’s closing communiqué will be sent to national parliaments around the globe, including the European Parliament.
Last week, the Azhar recalled its ambassador to the Vatican over statements by Pope Benedict calling for the protection of Middle Eastern Christians in light of the recent church attack in Alexandria. The Azhar also announced that it has frozen religious dialogue with the Vatican, saying that the statements represented an interference with internal Egyptian affairs.
The article reports that although the forensic final report on the Alexandria attacks is out, security officials still “have nothing to say to media about the bombing”. Al-Qā’idah is still suspected to be behind the attack, after having made several threats to attack churches in Egypt.
Pope Shenouda held a small and closed celebration on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, for the fest of epiphany over concerns of the safety of the country’s Christians.
The article at hand reports on the Alexandria church attack investigations, naming previously unknown details of the attack and listing suspects who were detained or questioned by the police. It is emphasized that no one (including al-Qā’idah) declared responsibility for the attack.
The article further reports that the ongoing investigation is increasingly criticized by human rights organizations, who point out random detentions, disappearances, and torture.
Finally, foreign politicians’ comments on the Alexandria events and Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt are discussed and Egyptian diverse reactions to that are named.
Al-Misrī al-Yawm reports that a summit of Arab leaders is being held at the resort town of Sharm al-Shaykh in order to officially reject Western interference in sovereign Egyptian affairs.
The report comes in light of recent statements made by the European Union, Vatican, and various other Western entities that have called for improved protection of Arab Christians, following a wave of violence against Christians in Iraq and Egypt.
According to the article, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abū al-Ghayt said that the situation of Christians “is an internal affair and we shall not allow anyone to intervene.”
Abū al-Ghayt made the statement after a meet of Arab foreign ministers on Monday evening.