Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (2 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   4 comments
Life Arts

A Cairo Christmas Carol: Egypt's Muslims Attend Coptic Christmas Mass, Serving as Human Shields for Christians

By Press Release  Posted by Mac McKinney (about the submitter)     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 1/10/11

- Advertisement -
From Al Jazeera:

A Cairo Christmas Carol

- Advertisement -
[Photo by Evan Hill]

- Advertisement -

On a brisk January afternoon in Cairo, as the Coptic community celebrated the birth of Christ, demonstrators dressed in black lined the city's famous, lion-headed Qasr al-Nil bridge, a busy span favoured by young couples and tourists looking to catch a shot of sunset over the Nile.
 
Police officers standing nearby watched the group and the passing traffic warily, while squads of helmeted riot police arranged themselves at the bridge exit, waiting for orders. As is often the case in Egypt, the police outnumbered the protesters.

Six days after a shrapnel-filled bomb killed 23 worshippers at a New Year's Eve church service in the coastal city of Alexandria - the deadliest attack on the country's minority Coptic Christian community in a decade - demonstrators in Cairo are still taking to the streets to show solidarity with the victims and anger at the government. But a sense of fatalism, an inability to hold the government to account or to rectify the disputes that may be driving sectarian anger, hangs over even these displays of fellowship.

Holding a sign that read "Muslim + Christian = Egyptian" and dressed in black from her headscarf to her abaya, Dalia Salaheldin described her reaction to hearing news of the bombing as "sadness, grave sadness".

Salaheldin said she and and other Muslim friends had attended Christmas Eve mass on Thursday night to show support for the Coptic community.

"I didn't really care if the people are Muslims or Christians, they're just Egyptians, and for me, Egypt has always been home, and I want home to be safe," she said.

In Salaheldin's view, the bombing shouldn't be interpreted as a revelation that simmering sectarian tensions in Egypt have finally bubbled over. Though much of the country remains poor and undereducated, Salaheldin argued, the essential nature of the Egyptian citizen is still one of peaceful coexistence.

But she, like others, was reluctant to pin the blame for the bombing on anyone.

- Advertisement -
"Someone is not happy with this and wants the situation to be divided," she said. "I am sure that whoever has done this is not really related to being a Christian or a Muslim".

This article is continued on Al Jazeera HERE .

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact EditorContact Editor
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Jesse Ventura Exposes the JFK Assassination Conspiracy Nationally

The Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Part 5: Brad Pitt and the Color Pink

Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 4: Deeper into the Confession Tape

JESSE VENTURA RAISES THE QUESTION: DID BP, TRANSOCEAN, HALLIBURTON KNOW THE DEEPWATER HORIZON WOULD BLOW?

Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 2: the First Tapes

A History of the FARC and Reviewing The FARC Revolutionist by Renate Vanegas