Ninety percent of the seats in Egypt’s Parliament have been won by Islamists.
I know we are not at war with Islam, and we are not allowed to say we are at war with Islam, but I doubt this will be the freedom-loving moderate government Obama has promised. Can I say that?
The leading Islamist Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 40 out of 60 seats in the runoff for the second round of the three-stage elections, according to both the party and the official Al-Ahram newspaper. The ultra-conservative Salafi Al-Nur party won 13 seats, Al-Ahram reported. Read more: Islamists will rule Egypt
Netanyahu is concerned about the future of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. Many Islamists have demanded the end of the treaty.
The Copts are deeply worried. There has been tremendous pressure on the Copts, who are seen as Infidels by the ultra-conservatives. An advisory agency of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom asked the State Department to put Egypt on the list of “countries of particular concern.” Unsurprisingly, Obama’s State Department refused to so so.
Since then [the January 25th Revolution], clashes have become the fruit of the revolution says Kirolos Andraws, a 23-year- old engineer, who used a tourist visa to board an Egyptair flight for New York City when a gang of thugs beat him and told him, “you deserve to die” because he is Christian.
Andraws is one of thousands of Coptic Christians who has fled to the United States fearing a rise in prosecution and discrimination in Egypt according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Saturday.
Lucette Lagnado, who narrates Andraws’ story, said that Copts for decades have suffered attacks by Islamists who view them as nonbelievers but there is now a sense among Middle East experts that they have become more vulnerable since the revolution.
On May 8, 2011, Muslim mobs attacked a Coptic Christian church in Cairo which left at least 12 people dead. The attack has risen tension and fears of Islamic fundamentalists coming to power.
Around eight million Copts pose a dilemma for the U.S. Egypt receives $1.3 billion annually in military aid, but until today it has failed to rebuke the transitional rulers amid recent violence against women, Copts and other minorities.
A federal advisory agency of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom asked the State Department to place Egypt on its list of “countries of particular concern” amid violators of religious freedoms. The department declined, saying that its objective is to work with the Egyptian government to improve Christians status in the country. Read here: Alarabiya