MECHRIC Asks Church to Remove Jihadist-Linked Operative

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11/5/2014

THE EDITORS VIA JOHN HAJJAR

In a letter addressed to Archbiship Atallah Hanna in Jerusalem, the Middle East Christian Committee MECHRIC, the largest coalition of Middle East Christian NGOs in the United States and internationally asked the Archbishop to remove Nihad Awad, the director of Islamist group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) from a coalition said to be aimed at helping Christian minorities in the Middle East. MECHRIC said “Middle East Christian minorities are offended by having Nihad Awad and his Islamist group CAIR claim they are part of a coalition in defense of Christian minorities.” MECHRIC argued that Awad and his group are liked to the Muslim Brotherhood, a terror organization in Egypt and other Arab countries, linked to Hamas, and part of a bigoted campaign against Middle East Christians in the US and world wide.

The letter, with copies send to many members of Congress, reads:

We have learned that you have sponsored the formation of an “interfaith coalition to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.” We are troubled by the fact that among the NGOs and activists invited to join the coalition are a number of Islamist and pro-Jihadi groups whose agenda has been and continues to be hostile to the freedom and survival of Christian and other minorities in the Middle East.

Among the activists you have included is Nihad Awad, the President of the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), which is an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Terrorism case and is not the civil rights organization it claims to be. For more than a decade, CAIR members and former members have been indicted, and some are serving jail sentences, for terrorism cases successfully brought against them. The Islamist organization is considered by experts as a front to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has inspired leading members of al Qaeda and ISIS (Daesh) and has been put on terror lists by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain. Several members of Congress, including the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the US House of Representatives, Rep. Pete King, and the Chairwoman of the subcommittee on Intelligence, Rep. Sue Myrick, have considered CAIR an extremist Islamist organization. There are bills introduced in the US House of Representatives calling for identifying the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror organization.

CAIR has attacked Middle East Christian leaders across America, including Copts such as Dr. Shawki Karas, Lebanese Christians, as well as Iraqi and Syrian Christians while also waging smear campaigns against prominent Middle East experts for raising the issue of persecution of minorities in the Middle East. CAIR stood with the oppressive regimes against Christians and other sectors of civil societies and backed the genocidal regime of Sudan headed by the ICC indicted General Omar Bashir. CAIR backs the Muslim Brotherhood, who in Egypt has been responsible for attacks against Christian Copts and in Libya backed the Jihadi forces responsible for violence against civilians. But even more dangerous, CAIR politically backs the Islamists and the Jihadists who in Syria and in Iraq have persecuted Christians. Some of these factions joined the Islamic State known as ISIS, which has perpetrated war crimes and crimes against Humanity in Mosul, the Nineveh Plain, and Sinjar against Christians and Yazidis.

CAIR and its executive director Nihad Awad have been notorious for suppressing educational programs, both in the public and private sectors, aimed at informing the American public about the persecution of Christian minorities in the Greater Middle East. Awad and his acolytes have politically harassed writers and intellectuals, academics who have been raising the issue of persecution of religious minorities and have become the main obstructers of truth about this persecution. In a sense, Awad and CAIR, by being supportive of the Jihadists and the Islamists and by suppressing the voices defending the persecuted Christians, actually bear some moral responsibility for the persecution and violence against Christians in the Middle East.

It would be unthinkable and unbearable for Middle East Christians and Yazidis to see a so-called interfaith Coalition presided by a Church official, partnering with haters of Middle East Christians and bigots against oppressed Middle East minorities

We therefore, as representatives of the Middle East Christian Committee MECHRIC, representing the largest coalition of Americans from Middle East Christian descent, including Copts, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Maronites, Melkites and other groups, as well as Yazidis, ask you to remove Nihad Awad and any Islamist militant from your coalition immediately. Our communities have been offended by the presence of pro-Jihadists in a coalition claiming to help Middle East Christians and other minorities.

John Hajjar appeals on behalf of the Middle East Christian Committee (MECHRIC)


Archbishop Atallah Hanna: Interfaith Coalition to Protect Christians

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Nov 4th 2014

Archbishop Atallah Hanna

Archbishop of Sebastia,

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

P.O. Box 14518, Jerusalem 91145

Re: interfaith Coalition to Protect Christians

Dear Bishop Hanna:

We have learned that you have sponsored the formation of an “interfaith coalition to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.” We are troubled by the fact that among the NGOs and activists invited to join the coalition are a number of Islamist and pro-Jihadi groups whose agenda has been and continues to be hostile to the freedom and survival of Christian and other minorities in the Middle East.

Among the activists you have included is Nihad Awad, the President of the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), which is an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Terrorism case and is not the civil rights organization it claims to be. For more than a decade, CAIR members and former members have been indicted, and some are serving jail sentences, for terrorism cases successfully brought against them. The Islamist organization is considered by experts as a front to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has inspired leading members of al Qaeda and ISIS (Daesh) and has been put on terror lists by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain. Several members of Congress, including the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Pete King, and the Chairwoman of the subcommittee on Intelligence, Rep. Sue Myrick, have considered CAIR an extremist Islamist organization. There are bills introduced in the US House of Representatives calling for identifying the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror organization.

CAIR has attacked Middle East Christian leaders across America, including Copts such as Dr. Shawki Karas, Lebanese Christians, as well as Iraqi and Syrian Christians while also waging smear campaigns against prominent Middle East experts for raising the issue of persecution of minorities in the Middle East. CAIR stood with the oppressive regimes against Christians and other sectors of civil societies and backed the genocidal regime of Sudan headed by the ICC indicted General Omar Bashir. CAIR backs the Muslim Brotherhood, who in Egypt has been responsible for attacks against Christian Copts and in Libya backed the Jihadi forces responsible for violence against civilians. But even more dangerous, CAIR politically backs the Islamists and the Jihadists who in Syria and in Iraq have persecuted Christians. Some of these factions joined the Islamic State known as ISIS, which has perpetrated war crimes and crimes against Humanity in Mosul, the Nineveh Plain, and Sinjar against Christians and Yazidis.

CAIR and its executive director Nihad Awad have been notorious for suppressing educational programs, both in the public and private sectors, aimed at informing the American public about the persecution of Christian minorities in the Greater Middle East. Awad and his acolytes have politically harassed writers and intellectuals, academics who have been raising the issue of persecution of religious minorities and have become the main obstructers of truth about this persecution. In a sense, Awad and CAIR, by being supportive of the Jihadists and the Islamists and by suppressing the voices defending the persecuted Christians, actually bear some moral responsibility for the persecution and violence against Christians in the Middle East.

It would be unthinkable and unbearable for Middle East Christians and Yazidis to see a so-called interfaith Coalition presided by a Church official, partnering with haters of Middle East Christians and bigots against oppressed Middle East minorities

We therefore, as representatives of the Middle East Christian Committee MECHRIC, representing the largest coalition of Americans from Middle East Christian descent, including Copts, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Maronites, Melkites and other groups, as well as Yazidis, ask you to remove Nihad Awad and any Islamist militant from your coalition immediately. Our communities have been offended by the presence of pro-Jihadists in a coalition claiming to help Middle East Christians and other minorities.

Sincerely,

John Hajjar, on behalf of the Middle East Christian Committee MECHRIC

Executive Committee

CC: Members of Congress (Foreign Relations and Homeland Security Committees in House and Senate)

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman,

Senator Bob Corker, Ranking

Senator Ted Cruz

Senator John McCain

Senator Lindsey Graham

House committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Edward R. Royce, Chairman

Rep. Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member

Sub-committees the Middle East and North Africa

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman

Rep. Theodore E. Deutch , Ranking Member

Sub-Committee on Terrorism

Rep. Ted Poe , Chairman

Rep. Brad Sherman , Ranking Member

Committee on Home land security

Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman

Sub-committee on counter terrorism and Intelligence

Rep. Peter T. King , Chairman

Rep. Chris Smith

Rep. Louie Gohmert

 

 

 


Magdi Khalil exposes the of fallacies by Toufic Baaklini about Presidential envoy to minorities

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مجدى خليل يكذّب إدعاء توفيق بعقليني حول

المندوب الرئاسي تجاه اقليات الشرق الاوسط                  

واشنطن في 9 ايلول 2014

صرح السيد مجدى خليل المتحدث بأسم منظمة التضامن القبطى وأمين عام اللجنة المشرقية لمسيحى الشرق ردا على السيد توفيق بعقلينى خلال مقابلته مع اذاعة لبنان الحر والمركزية في 5 ايلول 2014، أن الجهود التى قامت بها منظمة التضامن القبطى واللجنة المشرقية مع شركاء أمريكيين هي التى كانت وراء تصويت الكونجرس على إنشاء منصب المبعوث الخاص للاقليات الدينية للشرق الأوسط وجنوب شرق أسيا. هذا وكان بعقليني قد ادعى بانه هو ومجموعته كانوا وراء اقتراح فكرة مندوب رئاسي اميركي للاقليات في الشرق وادعى ايضا ان مجموعته تتابع هذا الموضوع مع الادارة الاميركية والكونغرس الاميركي. فقد كذّب مجدى خليل السيد توفيق بعقليني وكشف ان الفكرة طرحها الدكتور وليد فارس مستشار اللجنة المشرقية منذ سنوات وبما في ذلك في الوسائل الاعلامية وامام اعضاء الكونغرس الاميركي. وتابع خليل بانه بعد ذلك ” قمنا بعرضها على النائب فرانك وولف أثناء جلسة الأستماع فى يناير 2011 بعد مذبحة كنيسة القديسين بالاسكندرية،وتبناها السيد وولف أمام مجلس النواب،وقد بذل تحالفنا مجهودا خارقا مع مجموعة كبيرة من المنظمات والنشطاء الأمريكيين المتحالفين معنا لتمرير هذا المشروع من مجلس الشيوخ بعد تعطل أستمر عدة سنوات”. وقال مجدى خليل أن اللجنة المشرقية ومنظمة التضامن القبطى قادوا سلة من أدوات النضال رفيعة المستوى فى السنوات الأخيرة لرفع الاهتمام بقضية مسيحى الشرق إلى المستوى الدولى شمل ذلك عدة جلسات أستماع فى الكونجرس وفى البرلمان الأوروبى، وستة مؤتمرات دولية فى واشنطن وبروكسل،وأكثر من عشرين مظاهرة أمام البيت الأبيض فى السنوات الثلاثة الأخيرة،علاوة على عشرات البيانات الصحفية والمؤتمرات الصحفية والقاءات مع كافة المسئولين فى الولايات المتحدة والاتحاد الأوروبى. وقد ساهمنا فى حشد جهود المجتمع الدولى ضد داعش ومنظمات ارهابية اخرى.

ونحن مستمرون فى العمل مع شركاءنا اللبنانيين والعراقيين والسوريين والاقباط ومسيحيى تركيا وإيران والارمن من آجل أن يصدر قرارا دوليا من مجلس الأمن لوضع آليات لحماية هذه الأقليات الأصلية فى بلادها. ولمزيد من هذه الجهود يمكنكم الرجوع إلى موقع منظمة كوبتك سوليدرتى لمزيد من التفاصيل

www.Copticsolidarity.org

ولمزيد من التفاصيل حول تحركاتنا الاخيرة يمكن الرجوع إلى:

http://www.ahewar.org/debat/show.art.asp?aid=430512

إن المشوار مازال طويلا ونحن سنبذل كل جهودنا من آجل شعوبنا المضطهدة فى الشرق الأوسط.

 

Magdi Khalil exposes the of fallacies by Toufic Baaklini about Presidential envoy to minorities

“Baaklini and his group have nothing to do with the initiative, they are pirating it”

9th of Sept 2014

Washington DC

Mr Magdi Khalil, spokesperson of Coptic Solidarity and Co-Secretary General of the Middle East Christian Committee MECHRIC said “the idea of a Presidential envoy to the Middle east minorities is not one that came from Mr Toufic Baaklini or from his group, and the initiative that went to Congress has nothing to do with the newly formed group IDC.” Khalil was responding to Baaklini’s interview with Radio Lubnan Hur and Markazia agency in Lebanon on 5th of September 2014 where the IDC spokesperson claimed he and his group were the authors of the idea and bill establishing a new Presidential envoy to address the Christian and other minorities in the Middle East. Khalil said “the idea was first advanced by Dr Walid Phares years ago, and the first time in the US Senate in 2000 at a meeting sponsored by Senator Sam Brownback. In 2010 we decided to re-launch the initiative and immediately after the bombings of the Church of the Two Saints in Alexandria in January 2011, we took it to the Tom Lantos committee in Congress and Congressman Frank Wolfe adopted the idea during a hearing on the massacres in Egypt. The bill was blocked at the US Senate. And for two years Coptic Solidarity, the members of MECHRIC and their NGO and foundation allies left no effort to pressure the Senate until the Congress has fully agreed.”

Khalil added that Coptic Solidarity and MECHRIC used all channels and developed all programs to convince the US Congress and the European Parliament to move forward in the defense of Middle East minorities. “We were behind hearing sessions in Congress and the European Parliament, we organized six international conferences in Washington and Brussels and more than 20 demonstrations in front of the White House in the last three years, in addition to press conferences and meetings on both sides of the Atlantic. We have participated in the popular mobilization against ISIS and were among the first NGOs to take to the streets against the Jihadists. And we continue to work with our Iraqi, Syrian, Iranian, Turkish, Armenian and Coptic partners to issue a UN Security Council resolution to create the mechanisms to protect these native populations on their ancestral lands.”

Khalil said the coalition of NGOs behind this tremendous work for years includes Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Maronites, Copts and Arab Christians as well. “We gratify those who have worked hard and condemn those who are in the business of stealing the work of these courageous NGOs”