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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Oct 10, 2011 / 12 Tishrei, 5772

Blood and death in Cairo streets as Christians are attacked by thugs, police

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan

At least 22 killed after rally by Copts protesting the burning of a church


A bloodied Copt, moments after being beaten by Egyptian police

CREDIT: Reader supplied photo




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mAIRO— (MCT) At least 22 people were killed in clashes between military police and Coptic Christian protesters in the latest eruption of violence highlighting Egypt's deepening sectarian divisions since President Hosni Mubarak was driven from power in February.

In the bloodiest unrest since last winter's uprising, authorities said, three soldiers and 19 protesters were killed Sunday when Copts threw Molotov cocktails at riot police outside the state Radio and Television Building in downtown Cairo. The chaos was further inflamed when thugs in plainclothes attacked Copts, some carrying crucifixes, as they marched along the Nile at dusk.

The violence escalated quickly and jolted what had begun as a peaceful rally by Christians to protest the recent burning by Muslims of a church in southern Egypt. Copts began hurling bottles and rocks at security forces after military vehicles plowed through demonstrators as gunshots echoed overhead and crowds scattered.

"Protesters fired bird shot at the military police," said a policeman at the scene who would not give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "The police didn't interfere until protesters shot dead one of our officers and set ablaze a number of military vehicles and threw stones at the TV building."

But Peter Magdy, a Coptic protester, said: "We wanted to have a sit-in to demand the end of oppression against Christians. But the military police told us to leave after 10 minutes and then people from nearby neighborhoods came and attacked us with stones and sticks.... Military vehicles ran over many demonstrators and I ran to save myself."

Tear gas and flames rose along the Nile as riots spread into Tahrir Square and young men appeared in the streets to support the army by chasing Copts. Both sides plucked cobblestones from the roads to use as weapons. Television footage showed a priest shielding a soldier being beaten by Copts. More than 150 people were injured.


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The unrest revealed the intensifying mistrust between Christians and Muslims at a time when the country's ruling military council has not protected Coptic churches and other institutions from attacks by radical Islamists. Extremist voices have grown louder as Salafis and other ultraconservative Islamists have enjoyed broader freedoms since the fall of Mubarak's police state.

In May, 12 people were killed when Muslims attacked two churches in Cairo's impoverished Imbaba neighborhood. In March, Muslims burned down a church in Helwan, south of Cairo. Those attacks and the ensuing political turmoil have prompted thousands of Copts, who make up 10% of Egypt's population of more than 80 million, to leave the country in recent months.

Their departures mark a disturbing prospect and underline the darker side of the "Arab Spring" uprisings. The unity among Egyptians that brought down the former regime has been splintering for months. The country is struggling with economic problems and bracing for parliamentary elections in November, which are likely to further harden religious and political divisions.

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf contacted religious leaders and security officials Sunday night to calm the situation. The violence flared shortly after thousands of Copts and some Muslim supporters marched from an outlying neighborhood to join a sit-in at the Radio and Television Building. The bloodshed was at least partly instigated by thugs, who often appear at protests and sit-ins to intimidate antigovernment demonstrators.

"The only beneficiary of these events and acts of violence are the enemies of the January revolution and the enemies of the Egyptian people, both Muslim and Christian," he said on his Facebook page.

But Copts have accused the ruling military council and its interim government of not cracking down on extremist elements. Copts have been protesting for months for improved security; many of them say they were better protected under Mubarak than current military leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

"The people want to topple the field marshal!" the protesters yelled Sunday as the clashes broke out. They also chanted "No to the burning of churches" and "Raise your head high. You are a Copt."

Churches and monasteries have often turned into battlegrounds, especially if a bell tower or a cupola's cross rises too close to a mosque. Egypt has often prided itself on the relatively peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Christians, but Copts say they fear that generations of subtle discrimination are evolving into more pointed dangers.

Nabil Gabriel, a Coptic lawyer, told the news outlet Ahram Online: "You can call it whatever you like… . But the point is we want equality in this country."

There were also scenes of solidarity in downtown Cairo as hundreds of Muslims stood with Copts amid broken glass and rows of riot police. By late Sunday night, though, most Copts had disappeared from the TV building and Tahrir Square, where about 150 Muslim men chanted: "With our souls and blood we protect Islam."


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