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In Cairo’s Liberation Square, Christians and Muslims Unite as One

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There is beauty pouring out of Cairo, out of Egypt, out of the assembled persons, who are young and filled with life. The population gathered is diverse: Muslim, Christian, and secular. All joined in a celebration of unity and freedom this past weekend.

The demonstrators have taken a place in Tahrir Square, in Egypt. Appropriately, Tahrir means liberation in Arabic; thus, Liberation Square. Friday is the holy day of the Islamic religion; Sunday, the Christian holy day. Reports have said the Christians protect the Muslims as they pray; the Muslims protect the Christians. At times the crowd prays as one.

On Friday, the Muslims prayed. The crowd, numbering in the tens of thousands, chanted, “Muslims and Christians, one hand.” They carried on their shoulders an Imam, a Muslim holy man, who held in one hand a Qur’an, in the other, a large cross. People were crying.  As the Muslims prayed, their Christian counterparts turned off loudspeakers, which carried protest chants from the distance. The Christians said, “Amen,” as the Imam asked God (Allah) for peace, freedom and dignity. Then on Sunday, the Coptic Christians held a Mass in the central plaza. Coptic simply means Egyptian, from the Arabic word, Gibt, which is a variation of the word Egypt, and dates back to 641 A.D. It relates to the name, Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt.  Christians and Muslims attended the Mass together. The Priest read Bible verses that invoked peace, love, and dignity for Egypt and its people.

The crowd shares the belief that they are all Egyptians; brother with brother against Mubarak. Some have said, “Now we are talking to people we don’t usually talk to.” This particular speaker said, “The Muslim Brotherhood is here, but it is only one part of us. We are all brothers”. This particular speaker defined himself as secular.

In an article written on Sunday, February 6, a man wrote that the united prayers were to bless the souls of the martyrs who died in the pro-Mubarak attacks on the peaceful demonstrators. “The bullets, the thugs’ knives and stones did not differentiate between Muslim and Christian. Everyone I know has a wound, physical or psychological”, he wrote. “At noon, the Muslims lined up for prayer, we hardly had a place to stand, let alone bow and prostrate on the cold asphalt of the square while it rained.”

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  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    This brotherhood bullshit is all temporary, John. You left Jews out of this because Jews are staying out – lest they get massacred altogether. And Jews and Israel are increasingly targets ans the Muslim Brotherhood works to take over this revolution as the Shi’a messianists did in Teheran in 1979. This time, the Muslim Brotherhood has the secret help of the United States. A satan leads America on the road to disaster.

    I foresee the day that our bombers will have to destroy the Aswan High Dam and exterminate the Egyptians, so that we may live free of an Egyptian threat on our southern border.

    We in Israel are being left with only the worst options; nuking Teheran and Qom to insure our survival; exterminating Egypt so that we may survive; massacring Arabs in Israel in response to a missile attack of massive proportions that could have been avoided. Nuking Riyadh to kill the head of the Wahhabi snake – because you Americans never had the balls to. It stinks – but blind Americans like you see none of this. And fail to understand when you do.

  • John Lake

    Ruvy,
    I did notice that of the several articles and news stories, U.S. and Arabian that I reviewed there was little or no mention of Jewish participation. I still might be able to write something new, with more regard to the Jewish role.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    Why should the Jews care what happens to the Egyptians? As far as they are concerned, they’d like the Egyptians under the dictatorial thumb, starving, barefoot and pregnant.

  • Sam

    NB, the estimated number of Jews in all of Egypt is less than 100. By contrast, Copts and other Egyptian Christians number in the millions.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Why should the Jews care what happens to the Egyptians?

    Jews in Egypt simply want to survive. They are the targets of the Jew-hatred that sluices through ALL Egyptian society, in cluding the Coptic Christian one. They know their community in Egypt is finished. Fools and philosophers on this site have no clue as to what Jews in the Middle East want – just as they have no conception of how Egyptians admire Nazism and Hitler, and generally don’t give a damn. They are too busy with abstractions to comprehend what these abstractions bring about – dictatorship and mass murder

    Fortunately, there are very few Jews left in Egypt. But even a small number can be a target for an Arab mob – as they were in Yemen. The sooner they leave Egypt for Israel, the safer they will be.

  • author30

    Jews have been welcomed in Egypt and have visited it openly and proudly since the signing of the Peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979. However, in terms of the population of Egypt, they are less than 1% which is the reason that they are not playing a visible part in these protests.

    Of course there is still discrimination to be fought there but the alliance between Christian and Muslim Egyptians is hopefully a step towards tolerance of all faiths, religions and races. It should be applauded by anyone looking towards a better tomorrow as should those brave Egyptian protesters whose motto, unlike that of the Muslim Brotherhood minority, is “No to Extreme Islam; Yes to Moderate Islam.”

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    ….in terms of the population of Egypt, they are less than 1% which is the reason that they are not playing a visible part in these protests.

    Egyptians Jews were driven from Egypt, their property was stolen, and they were subject to the constant pressure of Muslim bigotry. Fortunately, they got out alive, most of them. That’s why they are far less than 1% of the country’s population.

    We’ll see how many Christians the “Muslim” mobs murder off. We’ll see if a mob attacks Jews. Right now, Egypt is no place for us Jew to be – PERIOD.

    There is an admiration of Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and so long as this is extant in Egyptian society, any Jew who visits takes his life in his own hands, and his blood is on his own head.

  • zingzing

    ruvy, the jews in egypt are not the biggest concern… the people of egypt are, no matter what their creed. that’s the damn point. if they don’t want to make it a religious problem, why do you?

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    ruvy, the jews in egypt are not the biggest concern… the people of egypt are, no matter what their creed. that’s the damn point. if they don’t want to make it a religious problem, why do you?

    John Lake’s article is written with a view tinted heavily with rose-colored glasses. This is reality. So is this.

    Hostility towards Jews, Israel and America will only grow with time as the Muslim Brotherhood consolidates its hold on the movement to get rid of Mubarak. The Iranian revolution was hi-jacked in 1979 – this one will be also.

    I’ve made efforts to prevent this hi-jacking. Others have as well. But the future is pretty clear.

    When Mubarak’s regime finally falls, what will replace it will be a Wahhabi-based régime of the Muslim Brotherhood that will slowly take over. Over time, as it consolidates power, it will kill thousands of Egyptians. Attacks on Christians (and Jews) will be commonplace. When (not if) it finally does abrogate the treaty with Israel, it will be done with an eye to destroying this country, so it will be done in cooperation with HizbAllah and Hamas. Wherever the Muslim Brotherhood or its evil spoor go, they breed hatred and death. I don’t have to turn this into a religious issue. It is already being done by the animals in the Muslim Brotherhood.

    There will be no freedom in Egypt – except the freedom to kill the enemy the Egyptian government directs one to kill. It stinks – but blind Americans like you see none of this. And fail to understand when you do.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    The problem with this article is not the non-mention of Jews. The problem with the article is that it is written with heavily tinted rose-colored glasses. Tunisia, for example, is not exactly enjoying the blessings of liberty after having ditched its long time dictator. The same Wahhabi trash that are on the threshold of seizing power in Egypt are trying to foment anarchy (Roger Nowosielsky’s favorite “ism”) in order to seize power there. And if they succeed, there will be another version of Saudi Arabia in north-west Africa. And blind Americans like you see none of this. And fail to understand when you do.

  • leilah

    Ruvy, what makes you think Israel can destroy either Egypt or Iran in the click of a finger? Unless you count on American help (as you surely do in the current genocide of Arab people taking place in Palestine) which contradicts your statement according to which Americans don’t have the “balls” to take action. They do. They are just sneaky in their enterprise. What stinks is not so much your refusal to accept a democracy in a country other than yours (although you will not have the choice, sorry to break it to you) but lies more in the hatred I feel when reading your comments.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    What Ruvy says is true. Even the most vociferous critics of the Israeli military-industrial complex would not get the time of day in today’s uprising if they’re Jews. But as usual, Ruvy seems unable to distinguish here between two unrelated issues. Everything he sees is through the prism of his Jewishness.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Leilah, let me spell this out for you.

    “I foresee the day that our bombers will have to destroy the Aswan High Dam and exterminate the Egyptians, so that we may live free of an Egyptian threat on our southern border.”

    What does this mean?

    Destroying the Aswan High Dam will cause Lake Nasser to flood out Egypt and kill millions. THAT, Leilah, is called genocide. There is no genocide taking place in Gaza. In fact, a new mall opened up yesterday for the thieves allied with Hamas to enjoy their winnings….

    It woulda been nice if we’d had a few nice shopping malls in the Warsaw ghetto. But we didn’t and we had to teach the cowardly Poles how to stop a Nazi.

    What is going on in Gaza is that a small military force being ALLOWED to attempt to murder off Jews. Be grateful I do not run Israel. The Gazans would be drinking salt water and eating sand and would have no time or energy for war – or for shipping food to Egypt – where people are really hungry.

    I don’t give a shit about the Geneva convention. The whores in Geneva (and their balless johns) can benefit from their damned conventions.

    I hope you get the point, Leilah. Arabs who hate Jews get noting but hatred and contempt in return – el-aráb klabná. I’ll let you figure that out.

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Fortunately for humanity, Ruvy can’t see further than the inside of his own skull. He has the occasional comment that isn’t completely irrelevant, but that is more to do with luck, like playing pin the tail on the donkey, than insight.

    It is curious that the number of Jews, a religious cult, in Egypt is so small, apparently around 100 or so. This is doubly so when one takes into consideration that there are still around 25,000 Jews in Iran, the majority in the capital Tehran.

    Apparently the Iranian Jews have been there since around 1900BC. By way of contrast, there are reportedly less than 50 Jews in Iraq.

    Funny old world…

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    Still, Ruvy’s heart bleeds for the remnant, just like Lot who asked the Lord to spare Sodom for the sake of mere ten.

    Good ol’ Ruve is a true man of God, no doubt about it. It’s just too bad his heart, unless it concerns the Jews, is filled with utter hatred. Sure glad I’m not the one who’s going to judge him.

  • http://heloise8.wordpress.com/ Heloise

    It must be that “one religion” kool aid they are all drinking from the same trough methinks.

  • http://heloise8.wordpress.com/ Heloise

    Ruvy if Mark Anthony had given Cleopatra Judea as she asked none of this would have happened. She wanted to be queen of Egypt too and that might have united the two nations.

  • http://heloise8.wordpress.com/ Heloise

    Correction: I meant she wanted Judea in her kingdom as well as being queen of Egypt.

  • omeezy

    everything in the middle east is always about jews its like no one can take a breath with out jews being mentioned. All the over a billion Muslims dont matter as long as israel gets to take palestinian land and build settlements for jews that come from russia,poland, germany ethopia and anywhere else jews exist. Sorry to tell u this but the world doesnt revolve around jews. and egyptians want freedom for egyptians and dont give any care to jews. this whole big fabricated story about the muslim brotherhood has not had any credited facts. there has not been mention of a single crime they committed. ALL THERE IS FEAR! they are just like any christian preaching Christianity but believe that dictatorship should not rule therefore they were jailed and tortured. simpla as that

  • John Lake

    omeezy,
    The commenters do agree there is not much Jewish involvement in Egypt, although Mubarak made some effort to resolve differences between Fatah and Hamas.
    As the world changes, maybe we will see more unification and integration among Christians, Jews, Hindu,the secular, … in the newly evolved world.

  • Thomas

    Another jew ‘Ruvy’ is here to disturb this brilliant article.
    Readers, ignore Ruvy

  • Christopher Marlowe

    israel would like it more if the Christians and the Muslims were fighting: Divide and conquer. After israel did 9/11, they set about fixing the evidence for war against israel’s enemy Iraq. Now there is the same israeli call for war against Iran. The only way for the people to protect themselves against international banking vampires is to unite. Refuse to fight wars. Refuse to kill. The ones pushing for war now are the ones who have started all the wars, and their time is running out.

  • John Lake

    You sound young and idealistic. Not many would agree that Israel had involvement with the attacks of 9/11, but beyond that your remarks are thoughtful and worthy of consideration.

  • chop stuey

    Christopher Marlowe is on the money and yes Israel/Mossad had a huge role in 9/11. Have a look at the documentary ‘911 Missing Links’ for a good expose or just research Zionist’s involvement in worldwide terrorism in general. A lot of history there so I guess it’s up to the people to start getting educated. The truth certainly hurts.

  • Thurteenth Pill

    I think some people are missing the point here. We are talking about Christian’s and Muslim’s uniting as one. That is epic on its own.

  • John Lake

    Thurteenth Pill:
    I absolutely agree.

  • Ahmed

    I’m enjoying ruvy’s comments on here. It just indicates how far we have progressed to the point where he thinks about bombing the high dam. You know we have 85 millions in here. kill 5 millions, you still have 80 million to worry about. any war between us, will not be fair to you. trust me. war isn’t about guns, it’s about heart, and sir we have nothing but heart, we don’t surrender, we either win or we die.

  • Mario Marwan

    It seems that the unity between Moslems and Christians in the Arab world angers Israel, that it tried for the past 60-years of its existence to destroy and promote hatred between, working in cooperation with its Mossad and Meir Dagan’s evil plans to ‘separate and conquer’ with the help of Mubarak’s Ahmad Maher. Just like what the Zionist gangs did in Irak, Yemen, Lybia, and Morocco by BOMBING Jewish temples and blamed it on the Arabs, only to drive Jews into Israel with help of those regimes there.

    GAME OVER Israel, HaHa

    The world can see through your lies and conspiracies, and we’re ready to change things.

  • Lamees

    I’m Egyptian & I shall tell you that in Egypt we don’t care what our religion is we’ve learned to love & respect each other not matter what our religion is, because what matters the most to us is that we are all EGYPTIANS. We follow this simple rule in EGYPT “EGYPTIAN whether Christian or Muslims we’re one hand one heart FOREVER”

  • John Lake

    That’s just beautiful. We hope eqypt can learn from the corruption which comes with any goverment, avoid pitfalls, and sustain the early principles.
    Coptic simply means Egyptian, from the Arabic word, Gibt, which is a variation of the word Egypt, and dates back to 641 A.D. It relates to the name, Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt.