Democratic Egypt Tests a Divided Israel

Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. His next book, Jews and Judaism in Post-Ethnic America: Becoming an American Religion, will be published by the Indiana U. Press.

He has just published on the Religion Dispatches website a very interesting article on the implications for Israel of the thrive for democracy in Egypt.

Here are just a few significant excerpts: Continue reading “Democratic Egypt Tests a Divided Israel”

Christians Protecting Praying Muslims in Egypt

Egyptian Christians forming a massive human shield to protect their Muslim countrymen as they prayed during the violent protests yesterday. Beauty amid the chaos. (Source, NevineZaki, by Twitter)

Freedom As an Accelerant « Connecting the Dots

Freedom As an Accelerant « Connecting the Dots.

I would like to encourage you to read this short article on the uprising in the Arab world on Mary Perry’s blog.

Statement of the Working Group on Egypt

(Source, CNN)

The nonpartisan Working Group on Egypt, a consortium of policy experts from Carnegie, the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch, the Center for American Progress, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Foreign Policy Initiative and Freedom House.

Statement of the Working Group on Egypt, Saturday January 29, 2011

Amidst the turmoil in Egypt, it is important for the U.S. to remain focused on the interests of the Egyptian people as well as the legitimacy and stability of the Egyptian government. Only free and fair elections provide the prospect for a peaceful transfer of power to a government recognized as legitimate by the Egyptian people.  We urge the Obama administration to pursue these fundamental objectives in the coming days and press the Egyptian government to: Continue reading “Statement of the Working Group on Egypt”

Christians in Danger Around the World

(Source: Der Spiegel)

The terrorist attack against the Coptic Church in Alexandria at the New Year Der Spiegel to publish a review article about the situation of persecuted Christians around the world, particularly in the East. This thorough article, titled ‘Murderers and Martyrs: The Difficult Situation of Christians in the Orient’ is worth reading. Here are just a few quotes, to raise your interest. Continue reading “Christians in Danger Around the World”

‘Live together, die together’ – A Tense Christmas in Egypt

(Photo: Bill Grimes)

There were the usual chanted liturgies and wafting smells of incense, but church services on Coptic Christmas Eve in Egypt were different this year.

Christians had to park their cars long distances away from their places of worship and pass through extra security cordons just to enter for the customary late-night Mass that begins festive celebrations.

Many wore black to remember the 21 people killed in an attack on their community in Alexandria just five nights before. Continue reading “‘Live together, die together’ – A Tense Christmas in Egypt”

21 Christians Killed by Another Al Qaeda Attack, in Alexandria. Egypt

Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

President Hosni Mubarak has urged Egypt’s Muslims and Christians to stand united against terrorism after a bombing outside a church in Alexandria.

At least 21 people were killed and 70 hurt in the suspected suicide attack, which happened during a New Year’s Eve service at the al-Qiddissin Church.

In a rare televised address, Mr Mubarak said it bore the hallmark of “foreign hands” seeking to destabilise Egypt.

Several hundred Christians later clashed nearby with Muslims and police.

‘In this together’

About 1,000 worshippers were attending the Mass at the al-Qiddissin (Saints) Church in the Sidi Bechr district of the Mediterranean port city.

As the service drew to a close after midnight, a bomb went off in the street outside.

“The last thing I heard was a powerful explosion and then my ears went deaf,” 17-year-old Marco Boutros told the Associated Press from his hospital bed. “All I could see were body parts scattered all over.”

Another witness told the private On-TV channel that he had seen two men park a car outside the church and get out just before the blast.

Officials initially thought the cause was a car bomb, but the interior ministry later ruled it out, saying the attack was instead “carried out by a suicide bomber who died among the crowd”.

Read the whole article on BBC News website.