In the past two articles, I tried to explain to our readers what happened in â€œEl-Koshehâ€, in 1998, when two copts were murdered, and how the Egyptian law enforcement authorities completely mishandled the matter, causing new, and very intense tensions between Copts and Muslims.
When reflecting on the events and circumstances which surrounded the massacre of "El-Kosheh", in the middle of 1989 (link below), one could summarize the prevailing situation in the following points:
The era of Hosni Mubarak will be remembered in modern Egyptian history as being the bloodiest era for the Copts and the worst for all Egyptians.
Your Majesty; With the year 2008 coming to an end, many of us try to analyze what they have achieved during that year, in order to improve on their actions and plan for the coming New Year.
"I am saying it out loud to everyone, the mother and I are threatened to be killed or being falsely charged of committing a crime by the Security Authorities and the Muslim Brotherhood. Should something happen to us, you know who did it" said Mr. Atef Helmy, journalist and activist in the Egyptian Human Rights Organization. Mr. Helmy added that even people who offered to help us, have received threats of being abducted from their homes and vanish forever, an attitude of using terror which he finds similar to that of the Mafia.
Martha Samuel, an Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity, formerly known as Zainab Said , was deported, together with her two children (Kirillos and Emmanuel,ages 4 and 2) on Monday, 12-22-2008 from Cairo's Khalifa Police Station to El-Kanater prison. She will spend there the rest of her 15 days incarceration period which started on 17-12-2008 pending the court case, in which she is charged of forging her passport to flee Egypt.
Is it possible for a society that is built upon pluralism of races, ethnicity, and cultures to have a unifying identity independent of its distinct racial, ethnic and cultural components? Is it unrealistic to believe in a unilateral cultural identity? Put another way, is E Pluribus Unum a viable national credo in today s world?
Your Excellency Ambassadors of Egypt,I am sending you this letter in my capacity as President of â€œVoice of the Coptsâ€, an Organization registered in Italy and in the United States of America for the protection of the Copts (the Christians of Egypt) against the discriminations and the persecutions that our community has been suffering daily in Egypt for many years.