I have been told by many Middle Eastern Christians, including Copts, that they have long learned to say one thing about Islam and Muslims in public, and another in private. That is not to say that the Copts quoted in this article don’t believe what they’re saying: I’ve met many genuine dhimmis among Middle Eastern Christians as well. There are others, of course, who are genuine anti-dhimmis; but most have been co-opted by the Arab nationalism that spuriously offered them equality with Muslims on the basis of ethnic solidarity. The Arab nationalist enterprise has, of course, increasingly given way to the jihad, leaving the dhimmi Christians in a worse position than they would have been in if they had had the courage to stand up for their own identity in the first place.
As for these Copts, their solidarity with Hizballah will get them nowhere. It won’t make Egyptian Muslims stop their campaign of discrimination and harassment. Nothing will stop that except their conversion to Islam.
“Egypt Copts Proud of Hizbullah,” from IslamOnline, with thanks to PRCS:
CAIRO “” Egypt’s Copts have hailed the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbullah and its chief Hassan Nasrallah as a source of pride to Muslims and the Arab world, and launched a fund-raising campaign to help the Lebanese people in their current trial.
“All Arabs must be proud of Hizbullah’s gallantry,” Bishop Rafiq Gris, the spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church, told IslamOnline.net Monday, July 31.
“No matter what the results will be, Hizbullah has proved that the ‘invincible’ Israeli army is too weak and shown that a Frankenstein created by the Arab rulers was brought to his knees by a few number of fighters,” added Yuhana Qaltah, a writer and columnist.
Hizbullah has inflicted heavy losses on the powerful Israeli army and proved in no way an easy meat.
Its fighters forced Israeli forces to withdraw from the two strategic towns of Bint Jbeil and Maroon Al-Ras they had seized earlier.
Hizbullah has downed at least two Apache helicopters and damaged a giant warship at the very beginning of the conflict.
Famed filmmaker Youssef Chahine said Nasrallah is a “source of pride to Islam.”
“Hizbullah is a symbol of Arab dignity,” he told Reuters on Sunday, July 30.
The Cannes-awarded director said he hoped to shake hands with Nasrallah in a visit to Beirut earlier this year.
“Nasrallah welcomed my visit”¦I’m really proud of him,” Chahine added.