On May 9, 1999, the interior minister dropped the investigation and authorities then arrested Wissa and charged him with defamation and other criminal offenses. Bishop Wissaâ€™s trial is not yet over, and his courage in speaking out against discrimination and injustice deserves universal support.
Dr. Amani Tawfiq, Professor at Mansoura (Egypt) University: "If Egypt wants to slowly but surely get out of its economic situation and address poverty in the country, the Jizya (head or poll tax that early Islamic rulers demanded from their non-Muslim subjects) has to be imposed on the Copts," declared in a press statement by a university professor, who is supposed to be in the highest of levels of the educated society, and who is also expected to be a civilized person due to her educational position.
Reaching the fourth part of "El -Kosheh" tragedy, we still did not find a concrete answer to the main question, who was behind what was going on in Egypt? In order to understand how an event likes that of January 2, 2000 could happen; one has to speculate about many contributing factors, mainly:
The Director of Orman Secondary School for Girls, in Giza near Cairo, has converted the school, without any permission, into a religious institute.
Original article in Arabic by Rasha Noor,translated into English by Voice of the Copts.
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.
The security authorities are continuing their pressure on Martha to revert to Islam. State prosecution had on Tuesday 30.12.2008 renewed detention of Martha Samuel (24) for a further 15 days pending investigation.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, President of Al-Azhar University, criticized what he called the role played by the Vatican in the continuous attack on Islam and the Muslims, and its efforts to destabilize the roots of the Islamic civilization.
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:
A Copt Murder by Muslims-Security Forces Sieges Area