During our research for information regarding the tragedy of El- Kosheh, we found an interesting article written by Christina Lamb. The article was published on Sunday October 25th 1998 on Telegraph.co.uk. Voice of the Copts is posting this article in memory of all those who were killed in Egypt and elsewhere for their faith.
Although, the killing of twenty one Copts could not be considered mass murder by any measure, as this number of people could be easily die in any road traffic accident anywhere. However, â€œEl-Koshehâ€™sâ€ massacre, or slaughter, as some wish to call it, had different reasons to an overturned bus or a train accident. Such aspects and motivations were reflected upon in the last five reports published in the last weeks.
Separation of Religious Rule from the State and Guarantee of Rights of Religious Freedom in the Middle East
We, the undersigned, resolve that the right of all individuals to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief is fundamental to achieving true democracy. This right is articulated in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
My Beloved Daughter Maysoon
On January 7th, the Coptic Church in Egypt celebrates Christmas. Out of respect to the memory of those who lost their lives and those who lost their dear ones in that barbaric attack, I decided to stop "El-Kosheh" reports until after the holidays.
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.