A young Coptic Christian woman on Friday was dragged from her car in a Cairo suburb, then savagely beaten and stabbed to death by a mob while she was en route to deliver medicine to an elderly woman.
The mob of suspected Muslim Brotherhood members was reportedly incensed by a Christian cross hanging from the rearview mirror of the vehicle driven by the victim, Mary Sameh George, 25, according to CNS News, which reported:
Protestors climbed onto her car, collapsing the roof, then hauled her from the vehicle, beating and mauling her – to the extent, he said, that portions of her scalp were torn off. She was stabbed multiple times, her throat was slit and when she was dead, the mob torched her car.
One Coptic outlet said that according to the health ministry, the young woman had been stabbed at least a dozen times.
Despite the brutality of the attack, George’s murder received little attention in the Egyptian press.
In an offhanded comment in a story desctibing other murders in and around Cairo that day, the state-owned Al Ahram daily reported only that a “Coptic woman, Mary George, was reportedly stabbed to death by pro-Morsi supporters in the same area” as a journalist who was shot to death.
The Daily News Egypt also reported her death only when mentioning the shooting of the journalist.
The Australian Coptic Movement Association condemned George’s “callous, vicious and unprovoked” murder in a statement, calling on Egyptian authorities to find and prosecute those responsible.
“Mary George was targeted for her faith in what is becoming an increasingly intolerable and inhospitable region for Christians; given that Ain Shams is a known stronghold for the Muslim Brotherhood,” the statement said, according to CNS. “The Egyptian government must send a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated and that the culprits will be held to account under the full force of the law.”
The statement also implored Western governments “to pay due attention to the extreme and violent agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
George appeared to be a victim of politics, not just religious intolerance. The minority Christian community in Egypt is considered supportive of the coup that overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohammed Morsi government.
Most recently, the interim Egyptian government, backed by the military, has defined the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and has used the courts to prosecute its members, sentencing many to death. The brotherhood is not tolerating the opposition.
When Sisi, the general was oversaw Morsi’s removal, confirmed last week what many had long suspected – that he plans to run for the presidency in elections scheduled for May, the pro-Morsi alliance known as “National Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy” called for street protests after Friday prayers.
“Let the million-man demonstration on Friday be great and remarkable,” the group said in an announcement on its Facebook page, CNS reported. “Let all those who are angry gather for a new phase which this nation needs.”
Tragically, a young woman who only wanted to provide some relief to an elderly fellow Christian became a target of a bunch of strangers venting their hate and anger.
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