This issue looks at the attacks against Christians in Egypt, Saudi missiles in Syria, Hamas’s new ties with Iran and Hezbollah, the growth of al-Qaeda, and more.
OUR ISRAELI CONNECTION
News from the Israel Project
The Egyptian Health Ministry reported this evening that renewed violence in Egypt has left at least 638 dead and nearly 4,000 injured, as the country braced for promised Friday protests by supporters of the country’s former Muslim Brotherhood-linked President Mohammed Morsi. The BBC described Egyptian TV footage showing firefighters attempting to rescue employees from a government building near Cairo that had been stormed and set on fire by Brotherhood members, and seven Egyptian soldiers were shot and killed today in the Sinai Peninsula. Arabic media sources characterized ongoing attacks on Christians as “frenzied,” stating that “Morsi loyalists orchestrated nationwide assaults on Christian targets, wreaking havoc on churches, homes, and Christian-owned businesses.”
Missiles supplied by Saudi Arabia are playing a key role in efforts by Syrian rebels to halt months of advances by the Bashar al-Assad regime. Russian-designed Konkurs anti-tank weapons were used this week in battles near the Jordanian border and around Damascus. Reuters outlined today the “hands-on” Saudi approach to supplying the largely Sunni opposition with arms, including “rocket launchers and other lethal equipment.”
Analysts have begun to unpack the implication of reports published in Arabic and
Israeli news outlets last week – to the effect that Hamas has rebuilt ties with Iran and with Tehran’s Lebanese terror proxy Hezbollah. The reports detailed meetings which took place at Iran’s Beirut embassy and which included top Hamas officials.
News from the Jerusalem Prayer Team
Our beloved nation is on a collision course with the curse and judgment of God. Our leaders are trying everything in their power to force Israel to hand over Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria-land that God promised to Abraham for the descendants of Isaac forever-to the Palestinians. If this plan goes through-if our nation curses Israel in this way-what comes next will make 9/11 look like a Sunday school picnic. It will be the greatest disaster in the more than two hundred years of our history.
Amid the government crackdown on the radical Muslim Brotherhood, members of that terrorist organization are taking out their frustrations on Christians.More than 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood members set fire to the Church of Abraham and the Church of the Virgin Mary in Minya. Churches were also burned in Alexandria, Sohag and Assiut. The Al Qaeda flag was reported to be flying over the Church of St. Theresa. A number of Christians have been murdered, including at least one teenage girl who was killed leaving a Bible study. In addition to our prayers for the peace of Jerusalem, we need to be urgently praying for our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
Evolving Al-Qaeda More Dangerous Than Ever
Lignet.com reports: Al-Qaeda has successfully evolved into a franchise organization under the overall leadership of Ayman al-Zawahiri, making the terrorist organization even more dangerous and more difficult to track. Since the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, al-Qaeda has decentralized its hierarchical cell structure and improved financing methods, attack approaches and communication techniques to counter new intelligence efforts. The group is responsible for four times as many terrorist attacks today as it was before the Sept.11, 2001, attacks. Al-Qaeda is still aiming to establish an Islamic caliphate, and is establishing training camps around the world toward that end. Read more.
Man in Coma after Black Mob of 50 Pummels Him
Where’s the liberal outrage over this one?
Conservativebyte.com reports: A St. Paul, Minn., man is in a coma today, fighting for his life after a black mob beat him, stripped his clothes off and left him for dead. Even if he recovers, he will have permanent brain damage. Ray Widstrand thought he had nothing to fear from moving into a black neighborhood on the East Side of St. Paul. This young white guy and aspiring filmmaker thought he had nothing to fear when he decided to take a Sunday night stroll through his adopted part of town. Read more.
State Department Blasts Enemies of Islam
Freedomoutpost.com reports: Following car bombings in Baghdad, which appear to have targeted Shi-ite Muslim festivities that marked the end of Ramadan, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a press release in which she denounced the “enemies of Islam.” Read more.
Benghazi Was About 400 Stolen Surface-to-Air-Missiles
CNSnews.com reports: Former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova, who now represents one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told a Washington radio station Monday that the real scandal in Benghazi is the theft of 400 surface-to-air missiles by some “very ugly people.” The Obama administration fears those missiles will be used to shoot down an airplane or blow up one of our embassies, he said. Speaking to WMAL on Monday morning, DiGenova blasted President Obama for revealing, at his Friday news conference, the existence of a sealed indictment against a Benghazi suspect or suspects. Read more.
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