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Funeral Ceremony Held for Egyptian Terrorist Victims

Amid tight security arrangements, and guarded by nervous armed Egyptian officers, funeral services were held for the victims of the two terrorist attacks that targeted churches in Tanta and Alexandria.

Attendance at the funeral ceremonies was limited to the relatives of the victims and church officials.

A Sunday morning terrorist bomb attacks on two Coptic churches in Egypt killed over fifty people and left over one-hundred people wounded. Both churches were packed with worshipers attending Palm Sunday services.

The latest attack targeted the Mar Girgis church in Tanta in Lower Egypt, and the entrance of the St. Mark church in Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea coast, where Pope Tawdros II led the service.

A policeman was also killed in the church blast in Alexandria.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the two attacks that came about three hours apart.

Following the deadly attack, Egyptian President Abdulfatah Al-Sissi announced a three-day national mourning period and a three-month state of emergency which will take effect after fulfilling some required constitutional requirements.

Last week, Al-Sissi was on a state visit to the USA and met president Donald Trump.

On December 2016, a suicide bomber has killed 29 people and damaged the grand Coptic church in Cairo.

In 2010, as the Arab Spring demonstrations were getting stronger, another such church attack by extremists left scores of people dead and wounded. At the time, some observers suspected Mubarek’s interior minister, General Habib Al-Adly, of complacency in the New Year’s Day attacks on Saints church in Alexandria.

The alleged plot aimed at pressuring the late Pope Shenuda III and others to distance themselves from the Arab Spring demonstrations that aimed to topple the president Hosni Mobarek regime. The minister was accused “of deliberately releasing prisoners in order to show [there was] chaos in Egypt.” The 2010 attack killed 24 people and wounded 90.

According to Egyptian reporter that when he came to power, Al-Sissi ordered the release of Habib Al-Adly from jail.

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  • said

    Greetings,

    My sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families ,the senseless attacks targeted churchgoers attending Palm Sunday services, which mark the Sunday before Easter and the start of Holy Week for Christians.
    Allah said: Were Allah not to check people by means of others, there would have been demolished the monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is often mentioned. Surat Al-Hajj 22:40

    Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to the Egyptian Christian monks The Eternal Promise:
    In 628 C.E. Prophet Muhammad (s) granted a Charter of Privileges to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai. It consisted of several clauses covering all aspects of human rights including such topics as the protection of Christians, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war. The protection that Christian communities were meant to receive under Islam was enshrined in a letter of protection from Prophet Muhammad to the Christian monks at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai in the early 7th century. This letter promised the monks that, under Islamic rule, the Christian community, as a “people of the book”, shall have the freedom to practice their religion and be protected from any unlawful interference or molestation, whether in their communities or while traveling. Distinct from a war with Christianity, Prophet Muhammad further stated, “No one shall bear arms against [Christians], but, on the contrary, the [Muslims] shall wage war for them.” Their houses of worship should be defended from attack and their right to worship according to their choice respected. The right to self-defense was granted in Islam in order to protect freedom of religion. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. it clearly protects the right to property, freedom of religion, freedom of work, and security of the person.
    No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).

  • Hi iSem,

    Thanks for the enlightening comment.
    Indeed, the word is still in a much better situation, despite all the problems.
    I find it difficult to believe that human beings are born evil and this is engraved in their dna. I do not think that our dna controls more than our biological functions and our phenotypes. The hunter and gatherer human being lived a shared life. When human beings acquired the concept of property and power, that was when they became evil. Remove these two concepts from their environment, you can make them innocent creatures. The environment plays the most important role. If a child is born into a criminal family, the probability is that it will becomes a criminal, because that is what he learns from the family, his micro-environment. The same holds true for most human behaviours in human society.
    Who has the power has also the means, and he is the one who decides and takes the lion’s share from everything, if he wants. Although fate has made the white man to have the upper hand and the future of the world is in his hands, nevertheless, he has acted out of greed up to now, and not in a responsible way. If it is going to continue with the concept of winner takes all, their might not be human society in the future as we know it today. We cannot take away his responsibilities by saying that if the roles were reversed, others would have acted the same way. What we know is that today he is the main actor, until somebody else comes to replace him.
    What does it take to destroy the world? A thermonuclear war that could start by mistake by some dumb who has access to the codes, climate change and and global warming that might not make this world habitable anymore due to the fact that some fool would like to continue burning fossil fuel and coal, and a virulent viral epidemic for which the world is not prepared, are not science fictions anymore. The world is a better place for the time being, but not a safe place, unless responsible people take its fate into their hands.
    The world is a small place. A fire in a one house is going to affect the other however far away it might be. The middle east crisis has shown us exactly that. That is why human beings should learn to exist together in peace, destroy all wmd, protect the environment and the climate for the good of all. If the ice cap in the arctic melts seaside cities around the world are going to be flooded without any exception, an epidemic in one country will be in western or eastern capitals the next day. Therefore, it should be all for all, for no one is safe alone.
    Human society has lived through the two phases of progress and regression. Up to now it has managed to make pace in the technological field, but not in the social. That is why human development has always been precarious, marked by wars and destructions in between periods of progress. This is an interdependent world, and that is why it should be an inclusive world too. Human beings will either laugh together or cry together. In the very last, either all will be winners or all losers. Can the exploiter exist for ever by exploiting others, can the producer exist without the consumer, has technology and artificial intelligence any meaning if it does not serve all human beings? Or if AI is going to be superior to human intelligence and functions autonomously, let us say in 500 years or so, what will be the fate of the greedy human being, who never wanted to share?

  • Brhan

    May Egypt heal from this and live in peace. It has been home to many Eritreans both Muslims and Christians since the 50s of the last century. My condolence to the families of the victims.

  • Mez

    Greetings, The challenge of Egypt seems to be multi-faceted. The Middle East is characterized by high concentration of political, spiritual, and monetary resource in very limited circles of people.

    In the past few hundred years, Egypt was the uncontested leader of the middle east in military, economy, and intellectual capacity.

    In the past couple of decades the region (including Turkey and Iran) changed beyond recognition. The GCC countries became the economic powerhouses of the middle east; Turkey and Iran also transomed their capabilities substantially.

    In the meantime Egypt showed a net economic growth of 2-3% over the past six decades (the population growth evened out the other 3% of the growth).

    The fracture within the Egyptian Muslim intellectuals (and others too) is also visible. Egypt is the origin of Muslim Brothers; the Alazar school of theology is there; The Wahhabi interpretation (with its origins in the KSA) is also finding more and more traction. Further, the Coptic and other minor religions (with atheist and Nasserist currents included) were also part and parcel of the Egyptian society.

    The current ideological and military center of gravity looks also to be on the motion away from Egypt, and more towards the GCC countries, albite slowly and incoherently.

    It looks to be challenge of the century for Egyptian to synchronize the various, at times antagonistic, political currents within the country; and find its new contemporary place in the Greater Middle East region.

    Thanks

  • Dear All,

    We live in the age of religious fanaticism, ethnic and racial superiority complexes, and a new world order in the making, the nature of which nobody seems to know or is able to foresee. A world in turmoil, underlings at the helm of world power, and hope for a peaceful world seems as far away as it has ever been, with the possibility of a looming worldwide confrontations.

    Christians are murdered in egypt simply because they happen to be christians, muslims are murdered in myanmar, again simply because they are muslims, and civilians are murdered simply because, unfortunately, they were at the wrong place in the wrong time, and more importantly, criminals have taken care that as many civilians as possible are gathered together in the same place, so that their crimes will have a broader impact on societies. Nothing is holy, and nobody is safe, anymore.

    Is the egyptian government able to stop this chain of bombings that have cost hundreds of innocent lives, or is it out of its control? Myanmar’s leader aung san suu kyi, seems to be not doing enough to control the murders and rapes of muslims. Human beings have made religion and race a worldwide problem that could one day destroy humanity.

    An indian doctor and his wife were beaten and thrown out of a delta flight in the usa, because they refused to abandon their seat for a white american. This used to happen in the usa more than 50 yrs ago. It is again happening in this 21st century, in the age of worldwide information, when nothing under the sun is a secret anymore.

    The economic crisis is not going to change in the immediate future, because the greed of the white bear is out of this world, with no prospect for any improvement. Human beings have turned against human beings, and love is dying and hate is mushrooming everywhere. It takes a messiah to save the world? A melancholic world, indeed.

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam Horizon

      “An indian doctor and his wife were beaten and thrown out of a delta flight in the usa, because they refused to abandon their seat for a white american.”

      I think the doctor is a Chinese descent on United Airline if we’re speaking of the same passenger.

      Semere Tesfai

      • Selam Semere T.
        Thanks for the info. There appears to be some confusion with the identity of the person. Yesterday’s initial reports mentioned that it was an Indian doctor. The mix up may have been due to what the person who posted the video thought the couple were.
        Any way, Indian, Chinese or Vietnamese, who expects to end up being dragged along the aisle and with a bloody nose, when one has a valid airline ticket in one’s hand. Why this fellow was chosen among so many was also a mystery, to say the least. Other passengers looked appalled when they saw the person being dragged. It has become a common seen on usa airlines.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Semere; I think the Dr has contributed much of this incidence. I mean, the airlines were offering 800 USD just to skip that particular flight and four people took the offer and left. the reason I am saying is that this particular flight was full and in the last minute they were told they must take a crew so they needed few sits for the crew. My point is if the crew are delayed; there are many more passengers will be delayed but one Dr could have understood and exited with dignity. I know it is a matter principal but sometimes also about understanding and commonsense.

        • Semere Tesfai

          Selam Nitricc

          This is my thing. Delay (for hours and days) at the airport is a fact of life. I happens all the time, and people complain all the time.

          It is not so much what they (the security personnel) did (made him wait) that infuriated the public, it is how they did it.

          Just imagine – under any pretext (for their own “crazy” reasons), without offering him a dime for his delay, if they would’ve stopped him (the doctor) at the gate, and made him miss his flight how things would’ve turned out differently.

          Semere Tesfai

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Kokhob Selam

        Good to see you around Kokhobay. I’m glad you’re feeling better.

        Like everyone in this forum, I miss your presence, I miss your poems, and I miss your contribution to this great Awate university. I hope, soon, you recover fully and join this war of ideas. Your presence is badly needed to knock some teeth.

        Until then take it easy and take care of yourself.

        Hawkha Semere Tesfai

  • kazanchis

    Hello all,

    It’s gut wrenching to witness attack after attack on those helpless Coptic Christians in Egypt and there’s nothing government can do to prevent it. It’s a question of when for the next imminent attack to happen. Islamic extremists can’t coexist, there’s loads of evidences to justify it. I feel sad for the peaceful billions of Muslims out there. These filths are severely tarnishing the great faith.

    Peace!

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