Islam Threatened by Right to Choose Religion…

Muslims said to fear that freedom to legally change religion would CONVERT’S RELIGIOUS RIGHTS CASE THREATENS ISLAMISTS

In the dilapidated office here of three lawyers representing one of Egypt’s “most wanted” Christian converts, the mood was hopeful in spite of a barrage of death threats against them and their client. At a court hearing on May 2, a judge agreed to a request by the convert from Islam to join the two cases he has opened to change his ID card to reflect his new faith. The court set June 13 as the date to rule on Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary’s case, and lawyer Nabil Ghobreyal said he was hopeful that progress thus far will lead to a favorable ruling. At the same time, El-Gohary’s lawyers termed potentially “catastrophic” for Egyptian human rights a report sent to the judge by the State Council, a consultative body of Egypt’s Administrative Court. Expressing outrage at El-Gohary’s “audacity” to request a change in the religious designation on his ID, the report claims the case is a threat to societal order and violates sharia (Islamic law). “This [report] is bombarding freedom of religion in Egypt,” said lawyer Said Faiz. “They are insisting that the path to Islam is a one-way street. The entire report is based on sharia.”


Omid Reza Misayafi, an Iranian Blogger Tortured and Killed In Iran

Omid Reza Misayafi, one of a number of Iranian bloggers arrested for “insulting” the government and religious authorities in that country, is dead. Misayafi’s death was reported on Global Voices Online via an Iranian human rights site in Farsi and we learned of it from The Committee to Protect Bloggers.

No cause of death is yet known, but the Committee says torture of bloggers is common in Iran and they are usually placed in close proximity to the most dangerous criminals in any facility. Misayafi was sentenced in December to 30 months in prison “for insulting Islamic Republic Leaders.” The man said he was a cultural blogger, not a political one, and only wrote a few satirical articles that got him into trouble.

An update tonight indicates that the prison conditions may have led the man to take his own life. Directly or indirectly, it appears that Misayafi’s life has been brought to an end for exercising free speech, for criticizing an authoritarian state and for doing it using online social media. Social media users and advocates around the world should take note of this event.

We’ve reported here on a number of bloggers imprisoned in Iran and in Egypt for documenting government abuses or just writing critical words about governments that demand total compliance. In the middle of last year we wrote about Iran’s parliament debating legislation that would add the death penalty to the list of possible punishments for using blogs to challenge government authority.

It is a timeless battle all around the world between freedom, art and self expression on one side and authority, expediency and abuse on the other. The rise of the web has made that battle different, though. Blogs give a voice to the previously voiceless, and the historical and moral importance of efforts to save those new voices from arrest, torture and death cannot be overstated.

We would love to see the Obama administration, which has made extensive use of online social media, publicly and explicitly condemn this death at the Iranian government’s hands. We’d be surprised if that happened.

Social media is powerful and changing the world; we don’t expect that this will be the last person to lose their life over it. Omid Reza Misayafi, brave Iranian blogger, may you rest in peace. May all those imprisoned for blogging in Iran, and around the world, be set free.

For ongoing coverage of this and all-too similar situations around the world, see The Committee to Protect Bloggers and associated organizations linked to on their site.

Written by Marshall Kirkpatrick


Muslim Burns a Young Copt Alive and Murders His Father Because of a Rumor!!!

A Muslim man set fire to a Coptic young man, murdered his father and wounded his younger brother, after it was rumored that the young Copt allegedly had a relationship with the Muslim man’s sister!!


The events took place in the small village of “Dmas” Meet-Ghamr, after a rumor spread around of a relationship between the 25-year-old Copt Shihata Sabri, and the sister of a Muslim man named Yasser Ahmed Qasim.
Yasser went to Coptic Shehata, holding a gasoline canister, poured it over him and set him on fire, as bystanders looked on in horror. The young Copt threw himself into the adjacent canal to try to put out the flames from his burning body. The fire left burns all over his body, leading to his death.

Following this incident, people in the village rallied and when the 60-years-old Sabri Shehata, father of the Coptic victim arrived, he was attacked by a group of Muslims stabbing him with knives and daggers; one stab penetrated his back to come out of his abdomen below the rib cage, resulting in his death, after being transferred to hospital.

A Coptic witness said that Yasser Ahmed, who is reputed to be a thug, and others have also beaten the Coptic victim’s younger brother, 22-year old Rami Sabri Shehata, causing a deep injury to his head.

The security forces moved into the village of Dmas, which has a population of 60,000 people, including over 1000 Copts, surrounded the victims’ house and deployed extra forces throughout the village.

The offenders were arrested together with the accused Yasser Ahmed Kassem and his friend, as well as the Copt Shehata Sabry who was held in custody in Dmas Hospital. The offenders were charged with deliberate homicide.

The body of Coptic victim Sabri Shehata was released for burial after prayers took place at the Church of Our Lady in the village of Dakados, which lies 20 kilometers from Dmas, amid a tight security siege.

A Muslim villager portrayed the incident as an honour killing stressing that it was because of Coptic Shehata Sabri teasing Yasser about a relationship he has with his sister, which prompted him and his friend to pour gasoline all over the Copt before setting him on fire. He denied that this incident will have an impact on the relations between the Muslims and Copts in the village.

The prosecution and the State Security Services are still investigating the incident amid media blackout.

Who are the Copts



In the time that Jesus was born, Egyptian as well as whole world (Jewish excluded) were pagan. The country was occupied by Romans. In year 60 AD, Apostil San Mark reaches Alexandria breeching the Holly Bible. In about 200 years, Egypt becomes a Christian country. The Church of Alexandria was one of the first five churches initiated by Apostils. So calling Egyptian Christians Arabs is wrong and unfair to them, its more appropriate recognize Copts with the Christians Egyptian native. Actually, Copts living in Egypt represents between 15-20% of the total living Population in Egypt.

Copts belongs to the Orthodox Church are more than 95% of the total Egyptian Copts. The remaining 5% are divided between the Coptic Catholic and the Coptic Protestant Churches. The Copts are by far the largest Christian community in Middle East.

The word “Coptic” is an English word and literally means Egyptian.

The Greek word “Egyptos” came from the ancient Egyptian words “Hikaptah” (Ha-Ka-Ptah). . The Arabs, after their conquest of Egypt in 641 AD called the population of Egypt “Gypt”, from the Greek word “Egyptos”

The known history of the Copts or Egypt starts with King Mina or Menas the first King, who united the northern and southern kingdoms of Egypt circa 3050 B.C. The ancient Egyptian civilization under the rule of the Pharaohs lasted for approximately 3000 years. Many Copts accepted the teachings of Christianity, possibly because the ancient Egyptian religions believed in life after death. This is evidenced by their elaborate efforts to preserve the bodies of the dead by embalming or mummification.

Like other early Christians throughout the Roman Empire, the Copts suffered from the persecution perpetrated against the new religion.

Many Copts shed their blood in testimony for Jesus Christ. Saint Mina or Menas is one of the major Coptic saints. He was martyred 309 A.D.


Pakistanis mastermind Cairo Attack

The Islamist website has announced that two Pakistani nationals were the masterminds in the Cairo attack that occurred on Sunday, February 22, which killed a French youth and injured 20, 13 French, three Saudis, and four Egyptians. The explosion happened near the historic Khan el-Khalili market in eastern Cairo, where tourists shop for trinkets and sit at outdoor coffee shops. Both Pakistanis entered Egypt between January 27 and February 2 from a Gulf Monarchy but since then, they have disappeared. Television network Al Arabiya has announced that the Egyptian authorities have arrested 14 people, including mostly Pakistanis, as part of the investigation. This again only proves immigrants or students from the terrorist country of Pakistan should be tightened around the globe especially in the US and Europe.




pakistan ressortissants Caire attaque le cerveau

Le site islamiste a annoncé que deux ressortissants pakistanais ont été les cerveaux de l’attaque qui a eu lieu au Caire le dimanche, Février 22, qui a tué un des jeunes français et blessé 20, 13 françaises, trois Saoudiens et quatre Egyptiens. L’explosion a eu lieu près de l’historique de Khan el-Khalili marché dans l’est du Caire, où les touristes et les magasins de bibelots s’asseoir à l’extérieur des cafés. Les deux Pakistanais entrée Egypte entre Janvier et 27 Février 2 à partir d’une monarchie du Golfe, mais depuis lors, ils ont disparu. Réseau de télévision Al Arabiya a annoncé que les autorités égyptiennes ont arrêté 14 personnes, y compris la plupart des Pakistanais, dans le cadre de l’enquête. Cela prouve de nouveau que les immigrés ou les étudiants provenant de pays de terroristes du Pakistan doit être renforcé dans le monde entier notamment aux Etats-Unis et en Europe

Reasonable Salah al-Bardawil VS Coward Moussa Abu Marzouk: Two faces of Hamas

Signs of sharp division are appearing in Hamas’ top ranks as the fighting in Gaza intensifies and as cease-fire talks between the Palestinian militant group and Israel, brokered by Egypt, reach a critical point.

Gaza-based Hamas officials have sounded more willing in recent days to consider a deal for a temporary cease-fire, being pushed by Egypt, even though the proposal would leave Israeli troops on the ground in Gaza temporarily and keep Gaza’s borders sealed short term. But Hamas political officials, close to the group’s leadership in exile in Syria, have characterized a cease-fire as still far away.

The differences became sharp Thursday and late Wednesday: One key Hamas official from inside Gaza, Gazi Hamad, told the BBC that he was optimistic the cease-fire being worked on in Egypt could be reached, “because I think there is no other choice for us.”

Salah al-Bardawil, another Hamas official from Gaza, stopped short of saying the militants had accepted the Egyptian proposal for a 10-day cease-fire but told reporters, “We hope that this Egyptian effort will succeed.”

But a top Hamas spokesman in Syria, Moussa Abu Marzouk, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Hamas would not abandon its demand that Israel withdraw its troops from Gaza and open border crossings before any cease-fire, even a temporary one.

Another top Hamas figure linked to the leadership-in-exile in Syria, Osama Hamdan, based in Beirut, stressed late Wednesday that Hamas had not agreed to some points of the Egypt plan.

Israeli intelligence assessments have repeatedly suggested differences emerging between the Syria and Gaza wings of the movement.

Such a rift would benefit Israel because it suggests the on-the-ground Hamas people in Gaza — bearing the brunt of the offensive by Israel’s army — are leaning toward a political compromise to end the offensive. Israel’s strategy is to damage Hamas and hope that leads to compromises by Palestinians inside Gaza, and leads to an end to Hamas rocket firing at southern Israel.

Egyptian officials also have suggested there are Hamas rifts, which would benefit Egypt’s efforts to push Hamas to accept a deal with Israel.

Hamas, however, has denied any internal divisions and has accused Israel of spreading such reports as psychological warfare. The tougher tone from Syrian-based officials could be merely a negotiating tactic.

The group’s official structure complicates the picture. Hamas insists it makes decisions through a consensus process among an estimated 50 members of the secretive Shura Council who live both inside and outside Gaza and the West Bank.

But the members rarely meet because of travel restrictions and security concerns, and observers note it would be near-impossible for such a big group to make fast decisions.

In practice, Hamas’ most powerful official is widely thought to be Khaled Mashaal, the Syrian-based political leader. Mashaal is considered a hard-liner who consults frequently with Syrian and Iranian officials. Top Tehran officials have visited Damascus frequently throughout the Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Mashaal has repeatedly called for the militant group to fight on despite more than 1,000 deaths during the Israeli offensive.

Mashaal’s power lies in the fact that he controls the group’s purse strings and funnels money as he chooses — much of it thought to come from Iran — to individual Hamas leaders, inside both Gaza and the West Bank. Gaza Hamas leaders in particular depend almost entirely on outside money because the territory’s borders are sealed.

Privately, however, some officials in Gaza say the rising casualties — and the severe hardships caused by Israel’s offensive — have put new pressure on Hamas leaders inside Gaza to find a way to end the fighting.

One Gaza official told The Associated Press on Thursday that many in Gaza are increasingly anxious for fighting to end. He spoke on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing.

Israel intensified its offensive Thursday, in an apparent effort to ratchet up pressure on Hamas to accept a deal. Israeli tanks shelled downtown Gaza City as ground troops thrust deep into a crowded neighborhood for the first time, sending terrified residents fleeing for cover. Israeli shells also struck the U.N. headquarters in the Gaza Strip.

Even before this week, “the war sparked a strong debate within Hamas over whether we could have avoided this war or not,” said another senior Gaza official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Another sign of the growing Hamas rift is a sharp escalation in the public bickering between two camps of countries in the Mid-east.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia, allies of the United States, are pushing Hamas to agree to cease-fire terms. Those moderate Arab governments and others hope a Hamas rift could steer the Hamas leadership in Syria away from Iran and Syria and help bring Hamas closer to the Arab moderate camp.

But Syria and Iran have been sharply critical of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others. Iran’s president on Thursday sent a letter to Saudi’s King Abdullah calling on him sharply to do more to defend Hamas and Palestinians and resist Israel.

Iran, however, also seems to be hedging its bets, toning down its rhetoric sporadically in apparent hopes of keeping open the possibility of U.S. negotiations after U.S. President-elect Barrack Obama takes office next week.


Associated Press writer Sam F. Ghattas in Beirut, Lebanon contributed to this report

Arabs turn against ‘megalomaniac’ Hamas

ANALYSIS: Abraham Rabinovich

Courtesy: The Australian


THE bitter Israel-Hamas conflict has touched off Arab-Arab conflicts almost as bitter.

Responsibility for the war in Gaza, and for the Palestinian fatalities there, was placed squarely on Hamas by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“We called the leaders of Hamas and told them, ‘Please, do not end the truce’,” he said. Hamas ended a six-month truce with Israel two weeks before the Israeli attack.

An Abbas aide, Nimr Hammad, termed the rocket fire into Israel reckless. “The one responsible for the massacre is Hamas,” he said. “Hamas should not have given the Israelis a pretext.”

Bassam Abu-Sumayyah, a columnist for the daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, accused Hamas of megalomania and said it had acted without even a little bit of political and security sense. It had behaved like a superpower.

“They thought they have a number of missiles and can therefore prevail in a war of such size,” he wrote.

A columnist for the PA daily Al-Ayyam, Abdallah Awwad, said that Hamas had made a major mistake in trying to be both a government operating in the open and a resistance organisation that operated underground. “We are paying the price of stupidity and the maniacal

love of being rulers,” he said.

Beyond intra-Palestinian disputes, the eruption in Gaza has widened the rift between Egypt, supported by other moderate Arab states, and the Hamas-Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alignment.

Cairo has long feared the radical influence of Hamas on its own Islamist parties. It regards Hamas as a proxy for Iran, which it sees attempting to wrest Muslim leadership in the Middle East from Egypt, even though Iran is not an Arab country.

However, Egypt attempted to broker a reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority that would permit a leadership acceptable to all Palestinians to emerge in new elections. Hamas derailed the proposal, to Egypt’s fury.

Egypt, in turn, refused to open the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt to Gaza residents, even during the Israeli attack when many Gazans were clamouring to get out. This infuriated Hamas and caused anti-Egyptian protests in much of the Arab world.

For Egypt, the most annoying criticism came from Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the formidable leader of the Hezbollah in Lebanon. Addressing Egyptian citizens, particularly army officers, Nasrallah called on them to protest at Cairo’s lack of response to the Israeli attack.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said of Nasrallah’s speech: “(He) practically declared war on us.” As for Nasrallah’s appeal to Egyptian officers, Mr Gheit said of Egypt’s army: “They will also protect Egypt against people like you.”

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