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ISIS Orders All Christian, Shiite Business Assets to Be Delivered to the Islamic State
By AINA

The Arabic language Alsumaria News is reporting that ISIS has ordered all Sunni businesses with Christian and Shiite partners to deliver the non-Sunni share of the business to the Islamic State. ISIS gave a two day deadline to comply with the order, else all assets would be confiscated.

According to the report, ISIS has a complete list of of businesses with Christian and Shiite partners.

ISIS is now charging tariffs on all goods entering the Nineveh Province. Goods deemed offensive to Islam are seized and destroyed.

Security Forces Attack Village Copts Protesting a Woman’s ‘Disappearance’
By MCN

At least 22 Copts and three policemen were injured in clashes between security forces and Copts in Gabal el-Tair village in Samalout, Minya (Upper Egypt), on Monday evening.

Thirty-five other Copts were arrested and three police cars, including a fire engine destroyed in the conflict.

Raafat Mounir, a Coptic resident of the village, told MCN that Minya’s security forces were deployed to the village of a missing Coptic woman to crack down on a sit-in demanding her return. Some of those arrested were members of the woman’s family.

Qatar and Turkey — Backers of Muslim Brotherhood — Formalize Strategic Ties
By WorldTribune

Qatar and Turkey, the two leading supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, have formed a strategic alliance.

Qatar and Turkey agreed to establish a strategic cooperation council that would enhance coordination in the Middle East.

The council was decided during the visit to Doha by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hosted by Qatar’s Emir Tamim. This marked the third visit by Erdogan to Qatar since he became president in August 2014.

UN Chief Urges Nations to ‘Act Decisively' on Islamic State
By Reuters

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against Islamic State militants, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

"I ... urge the international community, and those with the means, to act decisively and after sober reflection," Ban told reporters Tuesday. "It is critical to keep at the forefront the protection of civilians."

Ban didn't say what steps he hoped U.N. member states would take, but praised recent U.S. air strikes against Islamic State militants, aimed at helping besieged civilians in Iraq.

John Esposito Takes ‘Islam’ Out of ISIS
By Andrew Harrod -
American Thinker

He's the head apologist," read a note passed to this reporter from a liberal friend during Georgetown University professor John Esposito's August 28 address on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at Washington, D.C.'s National Press Club. The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) founding director reiterated his hackneyed arguments, long dominant in academia and government, that Islamic radicals' depredations stem from societal ills, not Islamic doctrine.


Coptic Movement to Protest Forced Eviction of Amreyya Copts

 

The Maspero Youth announced that it will organize a protest Thursday in front of the Journalists' Syndicate, to condemn what they called violations against the Coptic residents of Sharbat village in the district of Amreyya in Alexandria.

 

The sectarian clashes reportedly erupted on Friday Jan. 27 when Mahmoud Te'ma, a barber, claimed that 34-year-old tailor Morad Gerges snapped pictures of Muslim girls in the fitting room of his workshop.

 

However, according to Ramy Kamel, a Coptic activist, Te'ma tried to extort money from Gerges, but when he refused Te'ma spread the rumor. Te'ma was later arrested, he said.

"A number of Muslim residents attacked Gerges' home and when they didn't find him, they abused his family," he said, claiming that the attack was led by Salafi leaders in the village.

Daily News Egypt could not independently verify this claim.

Kamel claimed that the homes of 11 other Coptic families were also attacked, forcing them to flee to nearby villages where they have been in hiding since.

Protesters will be demanding the arrest of the perpetrators and compensation for their burnt homes and shops estimated at around LE 5 million.

They also want to express their refusal of collective punishment meted out to Coptic residents without distinction.

"We learned that some residents of the village are calling for a mass protest dubbed 'Friday for the displacement of Copts'," the Maspero Coptic said on its official Facebook page, pointing out that there have been attempts over the past few days to displace 54 Christian families from surrounding villages.

The added in its statement that threatening to displace unarmed citizens because of to their race or religion is not only a domestic crime but a humanitarian catastrophe that requires rapid intervention from the relevant authorities.

Kamel, who claims he had thoroughly investigated the events of Sharbat village, said that during the clashes security forces and army personnel watched as repetitive attacks on Copts and their property took place, but did nothing to stop them.

He says that three reconciliation meetings were held between Muslims and Copts in the village so far.

"In the first session the attackers openly demanded the forced displacement of Coptic residents; while in the second, they refused to approve any compensation for the victims, insisting on their eviction," Kamel said, adding that assaults on Copts continued immediately after the last session.

If the protests don't trigger real action, activists will take further steps to escalate the situation.

"We will no longer address the Egyptian government or society. We will reach a higher level by addressing the international community because human rights charters regard forcible eviction as an international crime where the state involved is considered guilty," he said.

The family of a Coptic student who allegedly published photos deemed blasphemous to Islam on his Facebook page was displaced from their home in Assiut, while a number of families were also forced to leave their homes following attacks on churches in Atfih and Imbaba, Kamel said.

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By Heba Hesham
www.thedailynewsegypt.com/AINA

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