Monday, March 4, 2013

Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya

And the Arab Spring moves on apace to eliminate all Christians from North Africa.


Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya

March 1, 2013 By Raymond Ibrahim

Last week’s news of four Christian missionaries in Libya placed under arrest, possibly facing the death penalty for “proselytizing,” is apparently the tip of the iceberg.  Yesterday, Arabic media reported that over 100 Christian Copts from Egypt, who have been living and working in Libya, were recently arrested in Ben Ghazi—also on the accusation, or pretext, of being “Christian missionaries.”

One video, apparently made by the Libyan militia interrogators—most of whom look like Islamic Salafis, with long beards and clipped mustaches—appeared on the Internet yesterday.  It shows a room full of detained Copts.  They sit hunched over on the floor—with all their hair shaven off, looking like dejected, or doomed, concentration camp prisoners.  According to one source, many of these Copts have been tortured.  Some have had the famous Coptic cross often tattooed on the wrists of Copts burned off with acid.

Next, the camera-man zooms in on the material which got them in this predicament: atop a table, several Bibles, prayer books, and pictures of Jesus, Mary and other saints appear spread out.  The Libyan interrogators being video-taped complain about how these Christians could dare bring such material into Libya, and that they, their abductors, are sure that the Copts were going to such Christian materials to proselytize Libya, to sporadic ejaculations of “Allah Akbar!” from across the room.

What is going on in Libya?  Do these reports—first of four foreign missionaries, including one American, now of more than 100 Christians from neighboring Egypt—indicate that Christian missionaries recently decided to flood Libya in droves?  Or are these ongoing reports an indication that post-Gaddafi Libya is simply intolerant of any Christian presence?

Concerning the four foreign missionaries whom the Western media picked up on earlier, it is difficult to say who they are and what they were doing, since they basically have been swallowed up by the Ben Ghazi prisons; their names and identities have not even been revealed.  As for the 100 Egyptian Copts, it is hard to believe they were proselytizing.  Christians in Egypt do not dare proselytize to their fellow Muslim citizens, who speak the same dialect and share the same Egyptian culture.  It is a dangerous thing to do.  Is it reasonable, then, to believe that some 100 dispossessed Copts decided to proselytize to Muslims in Libya—where it is common knowledge that the Obama-supported jihadis reign?

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