January 8, 2010, - 3:27 pm
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A couple of days ago, Egyptian Muslims did a drive-by shooting of Coptic Christians in Nag Hammadi, Egypt, who were celebrating Coptic Christmas. Seven were killed (including a Muslim security guard), and nine were wounded. The story is tragic and instructive in the absolute intolerance of Muslims for Christians in Muslim nations (and non-Muslim ones).
Coptic Pope Shenouda III: His Anti-Semitic Sermons Rival Those of Muslim Clerics
That said, I deliberately, heretofore, chose to ignore it. Several readers–including some Copts–asked me why I didn’t write about it. Well, as I’ve noted before, it’s an unfortunate but true fact that most Christians in the Middle East sided with Muslims against the Jews (not just against the Israelis). And among the most viciously anti-Semitic Christians in the Mid-East are the Copts. At ten percent of the Egyptian population, they historically not only supported Egypt against the Jews and Israel, but the Copts participated in Egyptian Muslim pogroms against Jews, supported the expulsion of nearly the entire Jewish Community of Egypt, and even participated in looting and seizing Jewish property before and after the expulsion was complete. And, although they are mostly found in Egypt, in every other Middle Eastern nation in which they have a small presence, Copts have consistently participated in persecuting the Jews. It’s not by accident. They are simply following the openly anti-Semitic teachings of Coptic Pope Shenouda III.
As I noted on Christmas Eve, despite the hatred and persecution of Christians by Muslims, the Christians in the Middle East–with the exception of some factions of Maronite Christians in Lebanon–bet against Israel and the Jews. And they picked the wrong side.
So, as I’ve noted on this site before, I can’t shed too many tears (if any) for the Copts. Their intolerance of Egypt’s Jews has now come full circle in Egyptian Muslims’ intolerance of them. Islamic intolerance of non-Muslims–including Copts–isn’t news, but it never stopped them from joining their Muslim oppressors to “get” someone they hated more: Al-yahudi’in, the Jews.
What goes around, comes around. And the karma of anti-Semitic hate and killing is often a bitch. This time, an Islamic bitch.
If you want ignorant crying over the Copts, visit ignoramus frauds like Pamela Geller (who regularly praises the anti-Semitic Copts), who have no knowledge about much of anything. If you want the truth and historical perspective, don’t cry over the Copts. They didn’t cry over my Jewish Egyptian friends. They helped make them cry.
Islamic intolerance and murder is unacceptable, but not only when the victims of it are not Jews. Once the Copts learn this and issue an apology for their historic alliance with that intolerance, then I will worry about their fate.
But not until then. Right now, I really couldn’t care less about the fate of proud anti-Semites, regardless of whether their oppressors are Muslim. It’s like my view of the Shi’ite-Sunni civil war and the unfortunately-defunct Iran-Iraq War:
Let them fight each other forever and leave the Jews alone.
**** UPDATE: Reader Joseph, an Egyptian Jew who was expelled along with his family and most Egyptian Jews from Egypt, agrees:
Dear Debbie!I read your article about Muslims killing Copts in Egypt….as i was born in that country…78 years ago…and lived there 26 years…i know enough the attitude of Copts about Jews!Copts were the one that introduced virulent antisemite in Egypt…. becoming more effective when Christians came to that country from Syria and LevanonI dont pretend that Muslims were not antijews…but not so much as they are today!Please excuse my english…I write much better in french…and in hebrew!***Sorry Debbie….That email run away from me before in finish it!I wanted to congratulate you and to wish you all the best!Continue!You are a light for the Jews!all the bestjoseph
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