“Killed Because they were Copts: That’s Enough of a Crime”
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Saturday (April 6) that that “clashes between Muslims and Christians” north of Cairo left several people dead, most of them Christians. “Officials said...the violence erupted late April 5 after Muslims objected to Coptic Christian children painting on the wall of an Islamic institution in the neighborhood of Al-Khosous in the province of Qaliubia.”
Attacks on Egypt’s Copts, who make up some 10% of the state’s population of around 85 million, have increased dramatically since the ouster of strongman Hosni Mubarak. The present Muslim Brotherhood regime makes virtually no effort to protect the increasingly vulnerable Christian community.
My Egyptian friend and Hudson Institute colleague Samuel Tadros is a Coptic scholar. He writes,
“In the past two years from April 2011 until today, 59 Copts have been murdered: 28 in Maspero, 4 in Abu Qurqas, 6 in Imbaba, 12 in Mansheyet Nasser, 1 in Libya, 1 in Dahshour, and 7 in Khosous." He went on to say...
- 714 Copts have been wounded and no one has been tried for those attacks.
- The property of 114 Coptic families has been looted and 112 have been forced to leave their homes.
- 24 Churches have been attacked, 4 of which have been completely destroyed.
- 8 Copts, including 3 children, have been imprisoned for insulting Islam.
I asked Sam what he could tell me about Saturday's attack in Al-Khosous. “I don't know the exact number of dead Copts,” he said. “I have seen claims from 4 to 10. The real number will probably be at the high end of that range. The attacks have become so common that it is now useless to ask about the details. The initial cause might have been a rumor, it might have been a church being built, it might have been anything. It doesn't matter anymore.
“These people were killed because they were Copts. That is enough of a crime.”