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Raymond Ibrahim Testifies to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Threats to the Human Rights of Copts in Egypt :: Liberties Alliance

Raymond Ibrahim Testifies to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Threats to the Human Rights of Copts in Egypt

By • on January 1, 2012

In the following video Middle East specialist Raymond Ibrahim testifies to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the United States House of Representatives.  He gives an account of the abuse of the human rights of Egypt’s Copts that started with the Islamic invasion of Egypt in the seventh century.  He draws parallels between what happened historically with what seems to be happening in post ‘Arab Spring’ contemporary Egypt.  He explains the concept of dhimmitude which relegates non-Muslims to second class status.  He refers to the Pact of Umar which enforced the payment of the Jizya (protection money/an additional tax) on non-Muslims, forbade the construction and repair of churches, and outlawed the open practice of Christianity.  He suggests that the legacy of the Pact of Umar is what lies at the root of attacks on Christians and their churches in Egypt today.