|AJC national radio message|
January 4, 2011 – New York – AJC Executive Director David Harris, in his national radio commentary, discusses the New Year’s Day fatal bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt.
“Let’s be clear: An attack against one minority is an attack on every minority,” says Harris. “And yes, it painfully reminds us of the fate of hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Arab world, driven out by violence and persecution.”
The weekly AJC message airs on 400 CBS stations and is heard by more than 35 million. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week’s message follows:
2011 got off to a tragic start.
Just after midnight on New Year’s Day, a terrorist attack against a Coptic church in Egypt killed 21 people.
The victims were emerging from midnight mass.
Egyptian officials blame an Al-Qaeda offshoot for the horrific assault.
This is not the first such incident. A year ago, seven Christian worshippers were killed in a drive-by shooting.
Also, leaders of the 8 million Copts cite discrimination and lack of security as chronic problems.
In this spot last month, I spoke about terror attacks targeting Christians in Iraq – and prompting the majority to leave.
These repeated attacks on Christian communities demand universal condemnation.
Let’s be clear: An attack against one minority is an attack on every minority. People of good will must stand together.
And yes, it painfully reminds us of the fate of hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Arab world, driven out by violence and persecution.
This is David Harris of AJC.Date: 1/4/2011