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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Reactions to Minya attack continue

Reactions to last Friday’s massacre in Minya continue to pour in from international news sources. The most striking of all of them is the story of Samia Morkous, who lost her husband, Mohsen; two adult sons; a teenage grandson; a four-year-old granddaughter; and two other relatives during the attack, writes Dalia Kholaif for the Wall Street Journal. Mrs. Morkous and her husband had recently immigrated to the US and this had been their first trip back.

Coptic Christians’ answer to violence may be to emigrate: The resilience of Coptic Christians in the face of succumbing to violent retribution has thrown a spanner into academics that promulgate the theory that poverty breeds terrorism, writes Samuel Tadros for the Washington Post. And while the Copts continue to hold on to their identity peacefully, Tadros notes some cracks appearing in their attachment to Egypt. He repeats previous notions that an exodus of Copts from Egypt might happen in light of the increasing frequency of the attacks.

Egypt’s air raids in Libya are striking “terror nests,” Ahmed Al Jarallah, editor-in-chief of Kuwait’s Arab Times, writes. He says “the measure taken by Cairo in this regard falls within the framework of international law and the right for self-defense. This can be either in Libya or any other place where there might be security, media or even financial control rooms that are managed remotely by the destructive network.” Al Jarallah’s piece takes an odd, darker turn with him praising “giving a deaf ear to the so-called organizations of human rights, which in recent years were discovered to be providing cover for marketing terrorism.”

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