Christian-Muslim tension flares in southern Egypt (Second Coming Watch Update #315)

Released: March 4, 2013 By: Daniel Whyte III

1. According to The Associated Press, dozens of Muslim residents threw firebombs and rocks at police as they tried to storm a church in southern Egypt in search of a woman suspected of converting to Christianity. Clashes between Copts and Muslims usually are sparked by disputes over rumors of conversion, Muslim-Christian romantic relationships, and the construction of churches. Violence between Egypt's Christians and Muslims has risen in the past two years in the wake of the country's uprising that weakened security across the nation. Egypt's Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the country's 85 million people, have long complained of discrimination by the state.

2. According to Reuters, Israel's prime minister accused his Turkish counterpart of making a "dark and false" statement by calling Zionism a crime against humanity -- a comment likely to hinder efforts to repair ties between the two former allies. The Turkish premier's statement, made at a U.N. meeting, was also condemned by the head of Europe's main rabbinical group who called it a "hateful attack" on Jews. Ties between Israel and mostly Muslim Turkey have been frosty since 2010, when nine Turks were killed by Israeli commandos who stormed their ship which was carrying aid to Palestinians in Gaza. However, recent unconfirmed reports have stated that Israel and Turkey are trying to repair relations...

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