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December 11, 2016 7:32 pm

Major Jewish Group Denounces ‘Horrific’ Mass Murder at Coptic Christian Church in Cairo; Urges Incoming US Administration to Help Egypt Overcome Scourge of Religion-Based Terrorism

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the aftermath of the Coptic cathedral bombing in Cairo. Photo: Twitter/Screenshot.

the aftermath of the Coptic cathedral bombing in Cairo. Photo: Twitter/Screenshot.

A global Jewish human rights organization that researches and teaches about the Holocaust in the context of contemporary hatred and terrorism condemned the mass murder of Christians during Sunday mass at a chapel in Cairo.

Responding to the bombing at a house of worship adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic cathedral, which left at least 25 dead and dozens more seriously wounded – mostly women and children — the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) urged the incoming US administration to act to help Egyptian authorities “overcome the continuing scourge” of such violence against innocent people.

SWC Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper said, “This horrific attack is only the latest targeting of Christians in the Middle East, including Iraq and Syria. If the rights of religious minorities aren’t protected by governments — if families have to fear for their safety when going to their houses of worship — then there is no hope for a stable and peaceful Middle East.”

According to Egyptian media reports, the explosion in the small church of St. Peter and St. Paul — attached to the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral – may have been caused by a bomb placed on the premises. St. Mark’s is home to the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christian community, Pope Tawadros II, who was not present during the attack, as he is visiting Greece.

The reports also claim that 12 kilos (26.5 pounds) of TNT were used by the terrorists, whose identity has yet to be established. However, the attack came two days after six policemen were killed in a bombing on a road leading to the Great Pyramid of Giza – and the group that took credit for the murders is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization that is outlawed in Egypt.

It also came on the heels of Saturday night’s double attack – a suicide bombing and a car explosion – at Maçka Park in Istanbul, which left at least 38 dead and wounded 155. Responsibility for the mass killing in Turkey was claimed by the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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  • greatjoy

    Even terrorists are changed and can be restored to sanity by the power of the good news of Yahweh. We must first understand that Yahweh, who took on flesh as prophesied over thousands of years, is come to be our Salvation. He is the Prince of Peace and can change the most indoctrinated heart. Do not give up hope. Take courage. Stand, and see the Salvation of the LORD.

  • Kris Kwesi Hinson

    Thank God it is a small minority, that is, only a few millions of Muslims that belong to the Military Wing of Islam. Why Islam’s Muhammad started and took part in jihad, before leaving instructions for it to continue after his death baffles me. Why would anyone attack and kill worshippers of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the house of Yahweh God? Unless they worship a different god! Jihad means struggle; when did the Christian worshippers struggle with anyone? Did the prayers of the Christians hurt the Devil that much? Were the Jihadists sent by their master to settle the score by any chance? Rest In God’s perfect peace Martyrs. Vengeance is the LORD’S.
    I hope Turkey will stop murdering the Kurds to stop the cycle of violence. R.I.P innocent ones caught up in the crossfire.

    • greatjoy

      There is no such thing as “the military wing” of islam. Anybody who is driven to associate themselves with the Qur’an is commanded 164 times to kill the “infidel” for the purpose of attaining paradise. They are told that they cannot gain paradise unless they join the jihad. There is a group of historians who have a list of questions on their website, challenging muslims to answer, and over a period of more than 25 years there has been NOT ONE proof of anything pertaining to the truth of islam. When challenged by these same historians, the digging commenced in Israel, and abundant proof has been uncovered for the claims of the Bible, and more is being uncovered daily Islam, on the other hand has NOTHING, and the claims don’t add up.
      For instance, one question is, “Why do all the old mosques have the wrong kibla?” (They all face Petra, and it is known that the Nabateans of Petra used to have an idol named Allah, who had three wives, each of which is named in the Qur’an–called the “Satanic verses.”) The direction of worship toward Mecca, is in mosques AFTER the black stone and its ka’aba were moved THERE. Islam is NOT a worship of the One True Eternal Yahweh.