Tuesday, December 21, 2010

100 Canadian-Arab Christians targeted

The Canadian Press reported on Monday that names of more than 100 Canadian-Arab Christians appear on an al-Qaida-affiliated website, apparently targeted because of their alleged role in attempting to convert Muslims.

The Shumukh-al-Islam website, often considered to be al-Qaida’s mouthpiece, lists pictures, addresses and cell phone numbers of Coptic Christians, predominantly Egyptian-Canadians, who have been vocal about their opposition to Islam.

Three pages of the Arabic-language website set to “identify and name all of the Coptics throughout the world who hope to defame Islam.” The website calls Coptic Christians living abroad “dogs in diaspora,” a derogatory reference in Arabic.

Salim Nagieb, who helped establish a Coptic organization in Canada is described on the website as opposing Islamic Shariah and converting Muslims to Christianity. His picture, career background and cell phone number are listed on the website. He says he will not be frightened.

“I only fear God,” said Mr. Nagieb. “These websites mean nothing anymore.”

Mr. Mansour believes he is being targeted because of comments he made in an interview on CTV News where he was discussing the media’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian war. He said the fact that his picture, cell phone number and comments are displayed on the Shumukh-al-Islam website is an indication that fanatics are keeping a close eye on what happens in Canada.

You can read the full report here.

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