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19. Three Americans killed an Egyptian Copt in Los Angeles

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19. Three Americans killed an Egyptian Copt in Los Angeles
Year: 
2001
Week: 
38
Article number: 
19
Author: 
Nirmin Fawzi
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An

Egyptian Copt, who had lived in

America for 22 years, was killed in his shop in Los Angeles, at the hands of three

Americans. His death is

believed to be part of the Americans’ hatred campaign against Arabs and Muslims, which

started after the

attacks in America. al-Usboa and al-Arabi commented on his death as being proof that immigrant

Copts are

not America’s favorite child, but only a playing card, which America will burn whenever it likes.

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"Adel Karas,

an Egyptian Copt…the victim of hatred crimes in Los Angeles," "Adel Karas, an Egyptian martyr killed

by

American racism," "An Egyptian Copt is the first victim of the attacks against Arabs in America," "Assassination

of an Egyptian in Los Angeles." This is how the different papers reported the death of Adel Karas, in his

shop in

Los Angeles, at the hands of three Americans. Adel was a 48-year-old Egyptian Copt, who had lived

in America for 22

years.


Karas’ death is believed to be part of the Americans’ hatred

campaign against Arabs and

Muslims, which started after the recent attacks in America. When Dr. Sami Karas,

Adel’s brother, was interviewed

by al-Akhbar he stated that it was very obvious that Adel was not killed

with the aim of robbery, as nothing was

stolen of his shop. "There is an Islamic Center near Adel’s shop.

Those who visit the center often gathered in his

shop-something which I believe was one of the reasons for

his murder," he observed.


All the papers

that reported the death of Karas only commented on

the fact that an Arab was murdered and that for Americans there

was no difference between a Muslim Arab and

a Christian Arab. However, al-Usboa found in Adel Karas’ death a good

chance to prove to immigrant Copts

that they were wrong to believe that they were coddled by America. The same

thing raised by al-Arabi in its

two articles titled "Adel Karas, the martyr of national unity" and "A new insolence

of immigrant Copts…Adel

Karas escaped with his skin from extremist Islamists."


"The death of

Adel Karas proved

to them that they are not America’s favorite child as they had imagined or as America had tried

to make

them imagine. It was proof that for America they are no more than a playing card, which America will burn

whenever it likes, as it previously burned the card of extremist Islamists," al-Usboa observed.



For

its part, al-Arabi wrote that the Organizations of immigrant Copts dared not to condemn

the death of Adel Karas.

All that the American Coptic Association said in its comment on his death was that

he ran with his skin, 20 years

ago, from death at the hands of terrorist Islamic groups in Egypt. The

Association released a report in which it

wrote "Christians know that they are targeted by the terrorist

Islamic groups in Egypt. That is why we came to

America to enjoy a better life."

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