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Despite the importance of the opinions and roles of church leaders, they cannot be a substitute for those held by citizens whom the law affects; all of this cannot occur at the expense of the state’s responsibility to guarantee the rights of its citizens.
Kamel himself advocates for other issues in addition to Coptic rights, including urban housing and investment projects in Cairo. His activism represents an impassioned and longstanding fight for citizenship rights and critique of Sisi’s authoritarian turn, earning the respect of many of his colleagues who are currently generating awareness of his arrest and calling for his release from prison.
On December 12, 2018, Emad Kamal Sadek, 49, and his son David Emad, 21, were shot and killed by Rabea Mustafa Khalefa, an Egyptian police officer and guard, in front of the Holiness Revival Church in Minya in Upper Egypt.
With all due respect to the status of martyrs and their sacrifices, the exaggerated and inflated discourse on martyrdom, not to mention the consolidation of the spirit of submissiveness, has negative consequences for the church, Copts, and the families of the victims themselves.
Although it is too early to reach final conclusions about such an incident, the murder and the church’s response offer insight into the church’s relationship with the government.
“Today’s bombing symbolizes the degree to which sectarianism threatens the fabric of Egyptian society,” said TIMEP Executive Director Nancy Okail.
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) condemns the inaction of Egyptian authorities following a mob’s attack on Coptic Christians in the Upper Egyptian Minya province. On Friday, May
Yesterday, Egyptians marked the culmination of the traditional, forty-day period of mourning for the twenty Egyptians and one Ghanaian beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) branch in Tripoli, Libya. Even
International Community Must Take Swift Action to Address Increasing Terrorism Threat WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) strongly condemns the heinous execution in Libya of
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is alarmed by recent reports of clashes between police officers and hundreds of Coptic Christians on Tuesday in the