Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Urgent Letter to White House, Department of State, and Congress

The American Coptic Union (ACU) and the Coptic community in the United States of America demand the expulsion of Sameh Fahmy, Egypt’s ambassador to the United States.

Mr. Fahmy’s recent incendiary comments and involvement in controversial activities would result in retaliation by Islamists and terrorists against the defenseless Coptic Christians of Egypt. More massacres, rape, and kidnappings will surely follow.

On Saturday, March 13, 2010, he informed an Arabic newspaper, Alquds, of his discussion of some Egyptian dissidents without any pretexts. This will inflame and intensify the genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity against the Copts.

The Ambassador expressed undesired and unrequested issues regarding the Copts, such as “autonomy separation” and the hiring of Blackwater Security forces for protection. Blackwater, notorious for its war crimes in Iraq, is hated in the Middle East. If they “protect” the Copts, terrorists will surely target more Coptic people and villages. The Copts cannot even pray in their own homes, let alone ask for security. Mr. Fahmy wants to portray the Copts as traitors and separatists.

The issues of autonomy and protection are excuses for the Mubarak regime to continue committing crimes against Copts. They will incite Islamists and terrorists to kill more Copts, raid more villages, and kidnap and rape more women. The regime’s survival is based on Coptic genocide to distract the general public from government actions, or lack thereof.

The regime is also using the Coptic situation to take attention away from independent presidential candidate Dr. Mohamed El Baradei. He is set to challenge widely unpopular incumbent President Mubarak, or his son, Gamal Mubarak.

The regime is painting Dr. Baradei as a Coptic sympathizer in order to stump his popularity. Last week, Islamists and Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) sabotaged a rally in Al Fayum City, accusing Dr. Baradei of supporting Copts instead of his own country.

The United States’ interests in the Middle East are already in jeopardy. Continuing to deal with Mr. Fahmy, and Mubarak regime will result in more instability in Egypt and would further jeopardize US interests.

Therefore, the American Coptic Union is seeking the following:

  1. The immediate expulsion of Mr. Fahmy from United States.
  2. Despite our repeated request for the US Congress to take serious actions against the regime for its violations of human rights, our calls are go unheard. Therefore, we request the US Congress to reconsider relations with the Mubarak regime and put US interests first. The US Coptic community is frustrated because of US foreign policies of “Anti-Christianity” and “Anti-Copts,” and seeks the reversal of treating Copts as if they were “Al-Qaeda”.
  3. We still see President Obama as the most serious defender of human rights. Thus, we call upon him to interfere on our behalf and put an end to the violation of human rights by the Mubarak regime.
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