Turin, July 19 – Sherif Azer, president of the Christian Copts in Italy, who is Egyptian but a resident of Turin for 54 years, was attacked yesterday in his building by a group of a dozen North African, Moroccan and Egyptians armed with chains. “Why do you not celebrate Ramadan?” asked the two Moroccans – as reported by the victim to Digos, who filed the complaint. The men stopped Azer outside of his association’s building in Corso Giulio Cesare, Porta Palazzo, “I love Italy” the victim said and elobrated that he is a Christian.
At that point the two have left and came back with other people, about ten, all Egyptian. The group insulted the victim after accusing him of not being a Muslim, and then beat him, using a chain. Sherif was struck in the head and sent to the Giovanni Bosco hospital in Turin. Sherif should be fine is about ten days as the wounds are slight. Sherif filed a complaint this morning.
(RNS) Coptic Christian leaders in the United States distanced themselves from an anti-Muslim film that has sparked protests in more than 20 countries, and denounced the Copts who reportedly produced and promoted the film.
“We reject any allegation that the Coptic Orthodox community has contributed to the production of this film,” the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of America said in statement on Friday (Sept. 14). “Indeed, the producers of this film have taken these unwise and offensive actions independently and should be held responsible for their own actions.”
Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Morris Sadek – all Coptic Christians who live in the U.S. – have emerged as the producers and promoters of the anti-Muslim film. Called “Innocence of Muslims,” the crude film depicts Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as a bumbling sexual pervert.
There are about 300,000 Copts in the United States, most of whom live in California and the Northeast. Copts in Egypt, where the faith was born, regularly face discrimination and violence at the hands of the Muslim majority, according to the State Department.
Bishop Serapion of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii said he “strongly rejects dragging the respectable Copts of the Diaspora” into the controversy.
December 20, 2010
More than 100 Canadian-Arab Christians are listed on an Al Qaeda-affiliated website, apparently targeted because of their alleged role in attempting to convert Muslims. Some of those named say concerned Canadian intelligence officials have contacted them.
The Shumukh-al-Islam website, often considered to be Al Qaeda’s mouth piece, listed pictures, addresses and cellphone numbers of Coptic Christians, predominantly Egyptian-Canadians, who have been vocal about their opposition to Islam. In a forum on the website, one member named Son of a Sharp Sword, says “We are going to return back to Islam and all of the Mujahedeen (holy warriors) will cut off their heads.” Among those named on the Shumukh-al-Islam website is Samuel Tawadrus, a Coptic Egyptian living in Quebec. “This is a direct threat against our lives,” Tawadrus said in an interview. A spokesman for CSIS was not immediately available for comment.