Over 50 Churches Torched in Egypt: Wiesenthal Center Denounces Muslim Brotherhood Pogrom; Urges US, EU to Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Hate Group

August 16, 2013

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed its horror and outrage over the Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) pogrom 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 the founder and dean and associate dean of the International Jewish Human Rights NGO.

“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.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center reiterates our call to the Obama Administration and the European Union to publicly denounce the Muslim Brotherhood for what it is, and to 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.

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