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It’s hard to keep straight the Christian sects—Presbyterians, Unitarians, etc. ad nauseam—that call for boycotting Israel.

Let’s just celebrate this one that doesn’t:

The Israeli Zionist organization Im Tirtzu last week hosted the “Zionist Conference for Human Rights” in Tel Aviv. Among the invited speakers was Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual head of the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, a body that encourages young Arabic-speaking Israelis (they prefer to not be labeled as “Arabs”) to join the Israeli army and fully integrate with Israeli Jewish society.

In his address to the conference, Father Nadaf noted that “there are many regimes (in the region) that do not care about equal rights, they only care about catering to an elite that terrorizes the rest of the population, while brushing off the issue of human rights and dehumanizing others.”

But, the Greek Orthodox priest explained, “In Israel, we [non-Jewish minorities] do not experience this.”

Father Nadaf concluded by declaring how “proud” he is to live in Israel, and insisting that “Israel is a shining example of human rights in the Middle East.”

Talk like that can get you drummed out of the Episcopalians.

Or worse:

Earlier this month, Father Nadaf’s son was violently attacked on the streets of Nazareth by those opposed to local Arabic speakers identifying with the Jewish state. Nadaf and others said it was incitement from the likes of Arab Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi that resulted in the attack on his son and continued tension between Arabs and Jews in the land.

But Tibi, who last week wrote in an American publication about what he called Israel’s “Jim Crow” treatment of local Arabs, is coming under increasing fire for his hostile rhetoric and approach.

Deputy Knesset Speaker Hamad Amar, a member of Israel’s minority Arabic-speaking Druze community, responded to Tibi’s accusations with his own article accusing his Muslim colleague of representing “all that is wrong with parts of the Israeli Arab leadership.”

“In our whole region consisting of over 350 million Arabs, there are only 1,658,000 Arabs who have complete political and religious freedom and have the right to vote in full democratic elections. It is no coincidence that all of these Arabs live as full and equal citizens in the one Jewish State,” wrote Amar.

We apologize for this interruption. The hating on the Hebrew may now resume.

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Made in Bethlehem, Shared With Damascus

Snuffed in Alexandria:

Four members of a Christian family of Syrian origin living in Alexandria, Egypt, were stabbed to death Monday. A man was seen walking out of their apartment holding a black plastic bag.

The father of the family, 44, who was employed in one of Sharm el-Sheikh’s hotels, was found stabbed in the stomach, the chest and the shoulder. His 35-year-old wife was stabbed in the neck, and so was the husband’s 43-year-old sister. [Six-year-old among members of a family stabbed to death.] The murderers started a fire in the kitchen, in an apparent attempt to set the entire apartment aflame and destroy evidence.

The large Christian community in Egypt, which numbers about 10 million people, has increasingly been coming under attack from Muslims in the last few years. Many Christians have been murdered and wounded, and over 100 churches, homes and businesses owned by Christians have been attacked, with some being burned down.

The Egyptian regime has blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist forces for these attacks.

Sure, why not blame the MoBros?

But it’s getting hard to tell the terrorists without a scorecard.

Security sources have confirmed that the explosion on the Egyptian side of the Taba crossing on Sunday was carried out by a suicide bomber. Four civilians were killed and 15 were injured in the incident. A fifth body, that of the suicide bomber who set off the explosion, was also found in the rubble.

According to investigators, the terrorist set off the bomb when the bus was just a few meters from the crossing into Israel through the Taba gate crossing. The bus was to have continued on to the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat. The driver got off the bus to arrange paperwork with border guards when an unidentified man approached the vehicle and blew himself up, witnesses said.

An Al Qaeda-inspired group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attack, and released a statement on Twitter vowing to continue its fight against Egypt’s military-led government.

“We will continue to hurt the leaders in Egypt, the economy, the tourism and the gas,” the statement read.

What happened to “No Blood for Oil”?

Maybe President Obama, being twice burned, is thrice shy about even mentioning the Middle East anymore. Still, you’d think his… let me make sure I get this right… Christian faith would command him to speak on behalf of a persecuted minority.

Guess not.

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Funny, They Didn’t Look Jewish

This is something perhaps which Israel would rather not share with the world:

Salafi jihadist terrorists based in Sinai struck again on Sunday, but unlike most of their recent targets, this time it was foreign tourists who were at the receiving end of their fanatical violence.

The attack represents an attempt by Sinai terrorists to damage Egypt’s troubled tourist industry, which is making modest attempts at recovery this year following a long period of upheaval.

It is safe to assume that soon after the smoke cleared from the wrecked tour bus at Taba, the Egyptian General Intelligence Service launched an intensive investigation to track down the identity of the culprits.

It is also reasonable to assume that the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis organization is a prime suspect.

It, like other Salafi jihadist groups in Sinai, is inspired by al-Qaida, and is made up of a mix of radicalized Beduin, residents of Egypt proper and a growing number of foreign volunteers.

The victims were South Korean Christians touring the Holy Land. From al Qaeda’s perspective, they had it coming. It’s not like the Islamofascists in Egypt haven’t been consistent:

The Luxor Massacre refers to the killing of 62 people, mostly tourists, that took place on 17 November 1997, at Deir el-Bahri, an archaeological site and major tourist attraction located across the Nile River from Luxor in Egypt.

That massacre was the event that penetrated my thick skull with the truth that Muslim terrorists meant bloody business. I can only apologize for my earlier ignorance, in all the senses of the word. We all start in ignorance; it’s how long it takes us to acknowledge and share the truth that excuses or condemns us.

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Jesus of Ramallah

Unto us a child is given:

No! Not that child! This child:

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has claimed that Jesus was “Palestinian” in a seasonal video message attacking Israel.

The video juxtaposes images of “Christmas magic” with numerous scenes alleging “oppression” by Israelis. A figure revealed to be the Pope rides past scenes including a Jewish man holding a gun next to an Arab settler and Arabs cordoned off by an IDF soldier.

As he walks off into a church courtyard, a message across the screen blares: “Stand up for Hope, Peace and Justice in Palestine.”

In addition, the description below the video reads: “Every Christmas Palestine celebrates the birth of one of its own, Jesus Christ.” Jesus was in fact a Jew living in Talmudic-era Israel.

Yeah, we knew that.

In 2010, Samih Ghanadreh, an author from Nazareth, called Jesus “the first Palestinian martyr” on a PA national television network. Ghanadreh claimed that the historical reference had first been noted by PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

In 2012, the cleric also claimed that the religious holiday marked “the birth of the State of Palestine.”

When Jesus said “Suffer the little children”, he went on to say “and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

But the Arab occupiers of Judea and Samaria and Gaza hear only the suffer part:

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J’Accuse

Hey, Obama, Stockholm called! They want their Nobel Prize back. (And Arafat’s, and Carter’s, and Tutu’s, and Gore’s… just kidding. That’ll be the day.):

According to Egyptian newspaper El Watan, a group of Egyptian lawyers has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

The complaint charges Obama of being an accessory to the Muslim Brotherhood, which incited widespread violence in Egypt both before and after the June 30 Revolution.

Along with Obama, the complaint reproduced by El Watan mentions several Brotherhood members by name, beginning with the leader of the organization Muhammad Badie, and other top ranking leaders such as Mohamed al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, and Safwat Hegazi, adding that “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 3/7/2013-8/18/2013, in the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

Somehow, MSNBC and the New York Times missed this story. Oversight.

That “[Barack Hussein] “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood” is beyond dispute. Even he would say he did. Whether his involvement rises to the level of war crime is debatable.

As for the Obama administration’s support for the Brotherhood, if most Americans are clueless or indifferent about it, average Egyptians have long known and resented it—hence the many large placards and signs held during the June 30 Revolution calling on Obama to stop supporting terrorism and calling on Americans to wake up.

One need only follow the words and deeds of Anne Patterson, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Hillary Clinton, et. al. to know that the U.S president is a firm supporter of the crimes-against-humanity-committing Muslim Brotherhood.

[T]he facts are clear: by any definition, the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have committed numerous crimes against humanity in Egypt, especially in the context of the Christian Copts; and by its ongoing support for the Brotherhood, the Obama administration is complicit. Remember this next time the Obama administration cites concerns about “human rights” violations as reason to involve the U.S. in war—as it recently tried to do in Syria, again, to support more Islamic terrorists who are committing even worse crimes against humanity.

An amicus brief, you might say:

For years various American administrations used Egyptian Christians—Orthodox Copts—to put pressure on Egyptian governments pushing for policies or to get them to refrain from doing something which the U.S. considered against their interests.

With the advent of Obama, everyone knew his administration was supporting radical extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood and fanatic rebels in Syria and Libya. Copts knew that they were only a pawn in the eyes of previous administrations, who didn’t really care about them except to the extent of what may have fit their interests. The Egyptian Christians are certain that Obama himself is one of the main reasons for what is happening to them now; the killings, burning of churches, and displacement from their homes and villages at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama offers the Brotherhood both money and protection, using U.S. intelligence agencies with plans to restore them to power.

Dr. Naguib Gabriel, head of the Egyptian Human Rights organization and a senior Egyptian Christian, said that the Egyptian Human Rights will gather signatures from Christian Egyptians and a number of international organizations in the “peaceful coexistence conference” which will be held by Ovid, a French organization, to provide a memorandum to the international Criminal Court, accusing U.S. President Obama of crimes against humanity by helping and indirectly participating in the demolition of 102 Coptic facilities and the burning of ancient churches carrying the heritage of the Christian world, as well as causing the displacement of 150 Coptic families, and the slaughter of dozens of Christians.

Gabriel explained that these accusations are being made because Obama is funding the Muslim Brotherhood with 5 to 8 billion dollars, which the Muslim Brotherhood used to purchase arms and to pay criminals to kill Christians and torch churches…

You want his ass in court, Egypt? Take a number. Whether it’s due his abuse of power with ObamaCare, the IRS, NSA, Benghazi—or all this and more—I think this president will be in the dock for a long time to come.

But has any other Nobel Peace Prize recipient been hauled before the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity? He may be as “special” as his proponents say!

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Arab Spring Update

Sheikh disturbed:

Following are excerpts from a statement by Sheik Omar Raghba in the Yakubiya village of Syria, which was posted on the Internet on October 23, 2013.

Photographer: Go ahead.

Sheik Omar Raghba: Allah willing, Allah alone will be worshipped in the Levant, which will be ruled only by the law of Allah. The idols will be worshipped no more in the Levant, Allah willing.

We shall accept nothing but Allah, His religion, and the Sunna of His prophet.

Smashes the statue of the Virgin Mary that he was holding

Say: “Allah Akbar.”

People around him: Allah Akbar.

Allah Akbar, baby!

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Bollocks

In the film “The Full Monty”, one particularly aggrieved character laments to himself, “God is there anyone I don’t get bollocked by?”

President Obama could relate, Gaz:

Following the recent barrage of church burnings, Father Rafic Greiche, the chief spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, criticized President Obama for not speaking out against the worst violence against Egyptian Christians in nearly 700 years.

“President Obama when he made a speech he just touched on the burning churches instead of telling the Muslim Brotherhood that they are terrorists and they are making terror on Egypt,” Greiche said. “He did not speak loud for this and shame on him if he is a Christian that he does not speak out loud.”

“The spokesman of the White House who…was asked ‘What is the red line for the Christians in Egypt?’ he mocked and said, ‘I didn’t bring my red pen,” he noted.

“Obama does not appear to understand the situation,” Greiche told AsiaNews. “In his speech he didn’t even so much as mention all the churches and Christian buildings being burnt down by the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“This must absolutely be made clear: the Muslim Brothers are terrorists and are tied to groups belonging to al Qaeda and to the Salafites,” he said. “The history of the Muslim Brotherhood, even since their foundation, has been a history of 85 years of bloodshed.”

Sorry, Father Greiche, but Egypt was last month’s debacle. We’re all Syria all the time now. Like, who remembers Libya? And: Iraq, where’s that?

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Nuns on the Run

In a contest between the Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s a slam-dunk-no-brainer. I take the guns over the goons every day, and twice on Sunday:

A mob marched nuns through the battle-torn streets of Cairo ‘like prisoners of war’ in the latest outrage against Egypt’s Christian minority.

Sister Manal, principal of a Franciscan school in suburban Cairo, watched for six hours as a mob looted the building, knocked the cross off the gate and replaced it with a black banner resembling the flag of Al Qaeda.

The classrooms were then burned to the ground and the women taken away, attracting a crowd of abusive onlookers.

Police told Sister Manal that the nuns had been targeted by hardline Islamists, convinced that they had given Muslim children an inappropriate education.

‘We are nuns. We rely on God and the angels to protect us,’ she said. ‘At the end, they paraded us like prisoners of war and hurled abuse at us as they led us from one alley to another without telling us where they were taking us.’

Siblings Wardah and Bedour, two Christian women employed by the school, also found themselves having to fight their way through the mob while being groped, hit and insulted by the extremists.

As we reported yesterday, Gen. Sisi has promised to help rebuild the churches destroyed by the MoBros.

And here’s something else he’s promised:

Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail soon after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer and a judicial source said on Monday.

More than a year on, the only legal grounds for Mubarak’s continued detention rest on another corruption case which his lawyer, Fareed el-Deeb, said would be settled swiftly.

“All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week,” Deeb told Reuters.

Yes, the military crackdown took hundreds of lives. But does it occur to you (as it does to me) that some of those lives were taken by necessity? The MoBros and their Islamist ilk have been bad news for everybody, not just Christians. I’ve come to the conclusion that their ouster wasn’t a coup; it was impeachment by Egyptian means. And if the military carries on this way, I’m for increasing US aid to Egypt, not cutting it. (Watch me regret writing that before long.)

Who else did you think was going to save Egypt?

Him???

Mohamed ElBaradei, who stepped down last week as interim vice president, boarded a flight to Austria, after the interim president accepted his resignation, EGYNews service reported.

The former International Atomic Energy Agency chief was one of Morsy’s biggest critics. But ElBaradei said in his resignation Wednesday that he didn’t agree with decisions carried out by the ruling government and “cannot be responsible for a single (drop of) blood.”

That’s fine, Mo, but your principled stance and a dime wasn’t going to buy a cup of coffee. That’s often the thing about principled stands—if the unprincipled don’t share them, you’re screwed. Getting out of there was probably the best thing he could have done. For him and everyone else.

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Coptic “Brothers”

Today, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of the Egyptian junta:

The Egyptian defense minister has ordered the repair and reconstruction of all churches that suffered damage in the country’s violent demonstrations since the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power last month.

Defense minister Col. Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi intends to fix the damage to Coptic churches at Rabaa Adaweya and Nahda squares, according to a report by the Mid-East Christian News.

Dozens of churches were attacked and burned in riots after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities to demand the end of what they call military rule, following the removal of Morsi on July 3. Many of Morsi’s supporters have voiced criticism at Egypt’s Christian minority for largely supporting the military’s decision to oust him from office.

“The Egyptian defense minister ordered the engineering department of the armed forces to swiftly repair all the affected churches, in recognition of the historical and national role played by our Coptic brothers,” read a statement that aired on Egyptian television.

Bishop Mousa thanked Sisi for his efforts to repair the damaged churches.

“We thank Col. Gen. Sisi for commissioning the brave Egyptian armed forces to rebuild the places of worship damaged during the recent events,” Bishop Mousa said on Twitter.

Let’s review: the Muslim Brotherhood sacked churches and killed Christians. The military put a stop to both, offers to fix the damaged structures, and declares Christians as their “brothers”. What’s left to discuss? I don’t care if it was a coup, I don’t care that the MoBros won an election—I now know whose side I’m on.

PS: No guarantees, but it sounds like Israel can at least do business with Sisi and his ilk, as coordinated strikes on terrorist cells in Sinai suggest.

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Obama Condemns Egypt

The optics weren’t great, but the message was solid:

“The cycle of violence needs to stop,” he said in Martha’s Vineyard where he is on a working vacation.

His remarks were delayed by a flat tire.

But at least he got an order of fried clams and onion rings while he was out.

Others are having less fun:

In a troubling indication of the increasingly sectarian nature of Egypt’s divisions, Reuters cited state media and security sources as saying that a number of churches had been attacked across Egypt.

Churches were attacked in the Nile Valley towns of Minya, Sohag and Assiut, where Christians escaped across the roof into a neighboring building after a mob surrounded and hurled bricks at their place of worship, state news agency MENA said.

PS: At least someone in the world has the stones to act:

Denmark announced Thursday it has suspended development aid to Egypt, in response to the “bloody events” sparked by a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president.

Okay, maybe it’s easy for Denmark. But how hard would it be for us?

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Move Over, Jews

It’s time for the Christians to get what (some Muslims believe) is coming to them:

While Western media, following the lead of pro-Brotherhood Al Jazeera, continue demonizing the Egyptian military’s attempts to neutralize the Muslim Brotherhood terror bases – where people have been tortured, raped, and killed, all according to Islamist fatwas (yes, including the rape, more on this later) the media portray them as “sit ins” where Islamists are “holding vigil” only to be slaughtered by the military – the Western media has been incredibly silent about the terrors being visited on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, the nation’s original inhabitants, by the very same people in the “sit ins.”

For starters, and as CBN’s Gary Lane just put it, “What do Muslim Brotherhood members do when Egyptian Security Forces launch a forewarned operation to clear them from Cairo tent cities? Attack Christians. That’s right. Morsi supporters responded with a monumental attack — unprecedented in modern times — on churches throughout Egypt. The torching and destruction of churches occured within six hours of the start of the military crackdown.”

Indeed, the abuse of Egypt’s Christians has reached unprecedented levels in the modern era. Al-Qaeda’s flag has been raised above their churches; their pope is in hiding under threat of death; a priest was shot in front of his church, and another Copt beheaded; their children are being abducted; nary a day goes by without a church being attacked or set aflame; hate filled graffiti covers their homes and churches.

The writer doesn’t follow through with his promised elaboration on rape—thank God. But he does conclude:

Also often left untold by the major media is that Copts suffered unprecedented abuses under Morsi’s one year of rule – through legal measures as well as extralegal ones.

For example, in April, after Christians mourned several Copts who were killed by Muslims in St. Mark’s Cathedral, Coptic Christianity’s holiest site and home to the Coptic pope (before he went into hiding from recent death threats), Muslim mobs who had waited outside launched yet another attack. Eyewitnesses said as many as 40–50 tear gas canisters targeted the mourners, many of whom were women and children hiding in the cathedral. Two more Copts were killed and many dozens wounded as other officers stood by while the Muslim mob tried to destroy the cathedral. As one Egyptian political commentator pointed out at the time, under Mubarak, not even a pebble was thrown at St. Mark’s Cathedral.

One can go on and on. Yet you won’t find out about the persecution of Egypt’s Christians – certainly nowhere near its true extent nor the historical continuity and patterns evinced throughout the centuries – following the so-called mainstream media or academia, as can be seen even now in their skewed coverage of the military’s attempts to disperse the Brotherhood bases.

It’s time the full, ugly truth about Muslim persecution of Christians was known – and acted upon.

I reiterate (from yesterday) my regret for the loss of life in Egypt. But the rise of the Nazis led to the loss of millions upon millions of innocent lives. They had to be defeated. So, evidently, does the Muslim Brotherhood.

PS: In a vaguely related story:

Dozens of Jews on visited the Temple Mount on Sunday morning as it was opened to tourists for the first time since the end of the month of Ramadan and the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr last week.

Temple activists are accusing the police of closing the Mount unnecessarily throughout most of the month of Ramadan, including for two whole weeks, thus discriminating against non-Muslims seeking to visit the site.

Just sayin’.

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Arab Spring Blooms, Christian Necks Hardest Hit

Oops! There goes another one:

Amidst continuing unrest in Egypt, the country’s Coptic Christian minority is facing an alarming campaign of violence at the hands of Islamist extremists.

In the most recent case, the decapitated body of 60 year old Magdy Habashi was found early Thursday in a cemetery in the town of Sheikh Zweid, in northern Sinai, after being abducted last Saturday by suspected Islamist radicals. He was the second Christian to be killed in northern Sinai in less than a week, following the assassination of Coptic Christian priest Mena Aboud Sharoben in the coastal city of Arish by suspected Islamist gunmen last Saturday.

Elsewhere, Christian groups have reported numerous attacks against churches and Christian-owned homes by violent mobs. In one particularly grave incident, the murder of a Muslim in the southern village of Nagaa Hassan triggered claims that local Christians were responsible. Seizing the opportunity, a mob of Muslim extremists armed with axes, knives and clubs descended on the Christian community, murdering at least four people, injuring dozens and setting fire to scores of homes.

Nice people.

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