Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood take a leaf out of the BBC's Jeremy Bowen's playbook

Last year Jeremy Bowen held a twitter Q&A  on Rosh Hashonah thus reducing almost to zero the chances of British Jews being able to take part. Today I learn that the Muslim Brotherhood have scheduled the second round of voting for the Egyptian Copts Easter Sunday

'Coptic activist, lawyer and president of the Egyptian Human Rights Union Naguib Gebrail has meanwhile spoken out against the choice of date itself. He said that the Muslim Brotherhood had found ''a new method'' to stop Egypt's Copts from voting, by calling for elections to be held on their Easter. April 28 is Palm Sunday for Egyptian Copts and their Easter will be on May 5, when the second round of voting is slated to be held in a number of voting districts including Cairo.

The decree for election day therefore violates ''human rights as concerns religious freedom'', Gebrail said. Egyptian coptic tycoon Naguib Sawiris also critized the decision.'
Egypt's Coptic Christians make up some 10% of the population of Egypt but since the Muslim Brotherhood came to power, they have been increasingly discriminated against and subject to violence from elements of the Muslim majority population.

I trust that the BBC will be giving this story due prominence... Nah only joking, Jeremy Bowen and the rest of the Middle East department aren't interested in stories that show Islam in a bad light. Now if Israel did something similar then that would be a cause for headlines and accusations of being an 'apartheid state'.

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