As Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas, some Muslims in Rafah remind them of what jihad means. “Egypt army foils bid to attack Coptic church,” from AFP, January 7 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Cairo: The Egyptian army foiled a bid early on Monday to attack a Coptic church in the Rafah border town with Gaza as the minority Christian community began celebrating its Christmas, Mena news agency reported.
“Army units foiled an attack against the Rafah church at 1am (2300 GMT on Sunday) and seized a car packed with explosives and weapons near the church,” the official news agency said.
Another car carrying masked men sped away as the patrols seized the explosives-packed vehicle, Mena said.
Egypt’s Coptic minority celebrates on Monday its first Christmas under Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their future, although President Mohammad Mursi has pledged to be the “president of all Egyptians.”
In September, residents and officials reported that several Coptic families from Rafah had fled from the Sinai peninsula town that borders the Gaza Strip after receiving death threats from Islamists.
Mursi, who hails from the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, visited the Sinai peninsula the following month to meet with and reassure Coptic families, telling them that “your security is our security”…