Egyptian authorities on Wednesday announced travel restrictions for travellers to Israel and eight other countries, largely copying similar constraints it had imposed on travel to other countries in 2014.
Pakistani police have charged 15 Christians with blasphemy in the religiously conservative city of Gujrat for publishing a flyer that described a Christian pastor, who died 20 years ago, as one “who was given the title of an apostle”.
The destruction by the entity known as the Islamic State (ISIS) in August 2015, of the over-1,500-year-old Syrian Catholic Monastery of Mar Elian, in Qaryatain, Syria – and of the even older ruins of the Temple of Ba'al Shameen at Palmyra – attracted worldwide condemnation and, as ISIS probably intended, considerable media attention.
The Obama administration should dispel the current uncertainty over the MFO's future by conferring with Egypt and Israel about how best to secure the peacekeepers, and by improving counterterrorism coordination in the Sinai.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.