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Trudeau: “Horrific attacks on two churches in Egypt are appalling”

The Islamic State (aka ISIS, Daesh, Caliphate) claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks on two Egyptian Coptic churches on April 9, 2017 in which at least 43 people were murdered.

In response, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‏ tweeted the following:

Today’s horrific attacks on two churches in Egypt are appalling. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families & those injured.

A few hours later Trudeau issued the following statement:

I am shocked and saddened that so many people were killed in today’s bombings in Egypt at St. George’s Church in Tanta and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria.  On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of these heinous acts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, and we hope and pray that those injured have a complete and rapid recovery.  Today’s senseless attacks targeted churchgoers attending Palm Sunday services, which mark the Sunday before Easter and the start of Holy Week for Christians. Let us remember that the palm branches used in services around the world today are a symbol of peace. Canada stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Egypt and the Egyptian people, and we offer our full assistance to the Government of Egypt in this difficult time. Far too often, religious groups around the world suffer persecution and discrimination at the hands of violent extremists. Canada strongly condemns these cowardly acts of terrorism. As an international community, we must stand united in our efforts to stop those responsible and to fight against hate by embracing the values of diversity, inclusion and peace.

The Canadian Embassy in Cairo tweeted the following:

Deeply saddened by today’s attack against a Coptic Church in Tanta, Egypt on Palm Sunday. We stand with Egypt during this difficult time

It is the latest attack on the Coptic Christian minority that is increasingly being targeted by radical Islamic groups.

According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Egyptian Copts who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million people and are the Middle East’s biggest Christian community, have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders and have been the target of systematic violence and discrimination by majority Muslims since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. From arbitrary arrests, raids on homes, beatings, kidnappings, robbery, extortion, abductions, forced conversion to Islam and forced marriage of Coptic women to Muslim men, Egyptian Copts have faced numerous forms of discrimination and massacres, and have been barred from positions of leadership and positions deemed sensitive to national security.

On January 1, 2011, 23 Coptic Christians were killed and 97 more injured as a result of an attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which occurred as Christian worshipers were leaving a New Year service. It was the deadliest act of violence against Egyptian Copts in a decade, since the Kosheh massacre in 2000 left 20 dead.

October 9, 2011 outside the Maspero building in Cairo, which houses Egyptian state television and radio, 28 mainly Coptic protestors were killed and 212 injured by security forces for peacefully demonstrating against the destruction of a church in Aswan.

In 2013, Human Rights Watch issued a report which documented that following the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi from power, Muslims attacked at least 42 churches, burning or damaging 37 of them, and killing scores of Coptic Christians. Joe Stork, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch said at that time that “Now dozens of churches are smouldering ruins, and Christians throughout the country are hiding in their homes, afraid for their very lives.”

In summer 2016, hundreds of Muslims set fire to homes of Christians in southern Egypt and stripped a 70-year-old woman naked after rumours that her Christian son had an affair with a Muslim woman.

On November 25, 2016, radical Islamists in the village of al-Naghameesh in Sohag, some 450km south of Cairo, attacked Copts and burnt houses on rumour that they were opening a church.

On December 11, 2016, dozens of Christians were killed in an ISIS bombing attack in Cairo’s Coptic cathedral complex.

Trudeau government maintains that the Islamic State (aka ISIS, Daesh, Caliphate) and other Islamic terrorist groups has nothing to do with Islam and that Muslims are the greatest victims of their actions.

In an interview (November 12, 2014) to the Islamic Alameen Post magazine, based in Surrey, BC Trudeau was quoted as saying the following:

In reference to the Ottawa shooting and statements given by the other two political leaders, especially when it comes to Canadian Muslims, he feels that they could have done a better job. He [Trudeau] feels that in light of the 9/11 incidents and lessons learned from it, that any time such an incident does occur there has to be strong message needed to be sent to separate the muslims from the terrorist

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