BY ROBERT SPENCER
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:
Gaza is not actually suffering through a “humanitarian ordeal.” Hamas has plenty of money, and spent it on rockets to fire at Israeli civilians. If any citizens of Gaza are going hungry, it’s because that was what Hamas chose to do with the aid money that is showered on Gaza.
Pope Tawadros is applauding this because he may have actually internalized Islamic priorities and perspectives as his own, or because he fears what might happen if he didn’t applaud it. In either case, he is acting a dhimmi, a non-Muslim under the hegemony under Islamic law. The dhimmi must not complain or criticize Islam or Muslims in any way; if he does, his “contract of protection” could be revoked, and he could be killed. The way Pope Tawadros is acting here is the way dhimmis have gotten along in Muslim countries for centuries. Many, when they emigrate to the West, have brought this mentality of subservience with them.
“Bishops Back Egypt’s Alms for Hamas’ Arms,” by Jules Gomes, ChurchMilitant.com, May 21, 2021:
CAIRO (ChurchMilitant.com) – Egypt’s Catholic and Coptic prelates are giving their blessing to a $500 million contribution to Hamas, despite evidence that the jihadist organization uses charitable donations to fund terrorism, suicide bombers and rocket attacks against Israel.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a devout Muslim, announced Tuesday that his country would send half a billion dollars to support the reconstruction of Gaza following Hamas’ recent conflict with Israel.
Coptic Orthodox Church’s Pope Tawadros II immediately issued a statement praising the initiative as a gesture of concrete support for the “Palestinian brothers, in the humanitarian ordeal they are undergoing” given Egypt’s “historic role” in supporting the Arab people.
The Council of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Egypt, presided over by Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, also published a statement lauding al-Sisi’s gift “to support our Palestinian brothers.”
Donations Fund Terror
“It is sad to see Pope Tawadros endorsing the financing of Hamas, which is what money for the ‘reconstruction of Gaza’ will go to in reality,” eminent Islamic historian Robert Spencer told Church Militant, explaining Tawadros’ “refusal to endorse this funding could result in a new round of the persecution of Christians in Egypt.”
Spencer, author of 21 books on Islam and the Middle East, elaborated:
Pope Francis also has never condemned Hamas, and this causes further confusion among Roman Catholics as to how the conflict should be morally evaluated. Pope Francis may be keeping quiet for the same reason that Pope Tawadros is speaking — fear of Islamic reprisals. But this only encourages more jihad violence against Christians in the long run, as the jihadis see that it works.
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb — Pope Francis’ chief Muslim dialogue partner and co-signatory to the pontiff’s Human Fraternity concordat with Islam — also hailed Egypt’s dole for “reflecting the Palestinian cause as a priority for Egyptians and Arabs.”
“It is also an affirmation of Egypt’s support of the legitimate and fair Palestinian cause, and the Palestinians’ rights in establishing an independent state with Jerusalem as the capital,” al-Tayyeb emphasized.
However, Ambassador Dennis Ross, a peace negotiator between Israel and the Palestinians for at least four U.S. presidents, insists that donors “need to put Hamas in a position where they have to choose between their rockets and the well-being of Gaza.”
“The issue is massive reconstruction for no rockets,” Ross said. “And the minute you see irregularities, everything stops.”
Ross noted the failure of earlier efforts to rebuild Gaza. Any future monitoring system would need to be an effective, round-the-clock endeavor that would halt reconstruction if Hamas was found to be storing, building or preparing to launch rockets, he maintained.
The Trump administration stopped funding aid for Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in 2018, but Biden restored it in April, just before the conflict began.
‘Too Close’ to Hamas?
Multiple sources on the ground told Church Militant that the Egyptian prelates had “bowed to Islam as dhimmis” [literally “protected persons subject to Muslim hegemony”] and were content “to roar like lions against Israel and purr like pussycats while petted by Hamas.”
While Egypt’s ecclesiastical hierarchy continues to denounce Israel, it has tacitly endorsed Gaza’s rulers even though Hamas’ (Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyya) own declarations explicitly identify it as a jihadist outfit committed to the destruction of Israel, sources added.
Vittorio Emanuele Parsi, professor of international relations at Italy’s Sacred Heart Catholic University, notes the failure of prelates like Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah to condemn terrorism because they are too close to Hamas.
Coptic Pope Cyril VI even banned Egyptian Christians from going on pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1967 and the current incumbent Pope Tawadros II has upheld the ban while not enforcing it. Violators were often denied Communion and at times threatened with excommunication.
“The position of the Church remains unchanged, which is not going to Jerusalem without all our Egyptian (Muslim) brothers,” Church spokesman Boulos Halim said, responding to Pope Tawadros II breaking the ban to attend a funeral in Jerusalem in 2015….