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Palestinians Protest Islamic State Killing Egyptian Copts

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of protesters on Tuesday took part in two rallies in Bethlehem and nearby Beit Sahour condemning the “hideous crime” of the the beheading of 21 young Coptic men by militants of the Islamic State group.In Bethlehem Palestinian factions affiliated to the PLO along with popular and official institutions organized a ceremony to show solidarity with the Egyptian people.

The ceremony included a wake at the Bethlehem Peace Center joined by the governor of Bethlehem Jibrin al-Bakry, Archbishop Theodosius Atallah Hanna of the Orthodox Church, the deputy chief of the Coptic community in Palestine along with Muslim and Christian clerics.

“As we stand here next to the Nativity Church as both Muslims and Christians, we extend our condolences to the Coptic Church in Egypt and to the families of martyrs,” Atallah Hanna said in a speech.

He added that the perpetrators of such crimes “do not belong to humankind.”

The governor of Bethlehem Jibrin al-Bakri said the Palestinian people would always be united against terrorism and extremism.

“What happened to the Egyptian martyrs is a message to the whole world telling them that without peace and unity we can’t defeat those who adopt extremist beliefs such as IS.”

Dozens of protesters on Tuesday afternoon, meanwhile, rallied in the main square in the city of Beit Sahour east of Bethlehem to express solidarity with Egypt.

Archbishop Hanna joined the protest along with the mayor of Beit Sahour Hani al-Hayek and a number of dignitaries.

Hanna delivered a speech during the protest extending condolences to the families of “martyrs” and to the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Mayor Hani al-Hayek strongly denounced the “crime” and all similar crimes by IS and other “terrorist groups.”

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Author: OccPalGaza

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