Simon Wiesenthal Center denounces Muslim attacks on Christians in Egypt
In a press release, the Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed its horror and outrage over the Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) pogrom - a sectarian program of property destruction and murder - that has destroyed at least 50 Coptic Christian churches in Egypt. "While we do not condone the deaths of any innocent protesters in Egypt —nothing can justify such attacks," charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, respectively, the founder and dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an International Jewish Human Rights NGO.
The statement said, “This pogrom against Egypt's historic Christian community provides more bloody proof that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a fit partner for a future democratic Egypt but an avowed enemy of the values of democracy, equality and freedom. The violent targeting of an entire religious community comprising millions of fellow citizens, its longstanding hatred for the Jewish people, its intolerance of any Muslim who does not share their theology or world view, confirms to the world what the MB really is— an extremist hate group."
In the August 18 statement, the Simon Wiesenthal Center reiterates its call to the Obama Administration and the European Union to publicly denounce the Muslim Brotherhood, and "redouble international efforts to work with any and all Egyptians truly committed to a future society based on peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect," Rabbis Hier and Cooper concluded.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).
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