Dr. Hamza Zoba’a writes: nobody is sacred

Dr. Hamza Zoba’a* writes: nobody is sacred


Don’t talk to me about non-violence and spontaneity and this flood of words that have no real meaning and the one purpose of which is to deceive us and cover up the obvious acts of violence and use of weapons caught on camera.

What non-violence are these individuals referring to? And which sectarianism? It is them who created and market this violence, who use sectarianism for political purposes, who turn every incident into a disaster, who sensationalise every piece of news – even if it is false.

I said in a previous article that the events in El-Khosous were a social problem that were deliberately turned into a sectarian problem. Today I say that the church threw gas – given the heated political situation – on the fire through its insistence on starting the funeral procession for the [El-Khosous] victims from the Abbaseyya Cathedral.

Why is nobody asking why there has not been a funeral for Muslim victims of similar events at the Al-Azhar Mosque?

Why are none of the satellite television opposition politicians asking who fired first? Why aren’t they questioning the wisdom of turning a funeral into a political act?

Is it wise for everyone to go to the satellites and reignite the flames of discord rather than going to El-Khosous in delegations for reconciliation?

What is the relationship of the El-Khosous events with the Public Prosecutor’s resignation or with the stepping down of Morsy and the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Who allowed all these chants inside and around the mother church?

Who opened fire? And who threw stones?

And when citizens’ cars in the streets of Abbaseyya are completely destroyed in the same way as happened in Moqattam and in the streets surrounding Tahrir Square – is this spontaneity?

When the police are attacked and their cars torched and individuals photographed posing on top of them as if this was a heroic act – is this respect for state institutions and property?

Our social problems must be solved within our social framework. Everyone must understand that under the new constitution there aren’t Muslims and Christians anymore but rather citizens equal in their rights and duties. Anyone who believes that the Church is a Trojan horse and that it is within its capabilities to turn matters upside down is deluded, stupid and an accursed agent. The Church and its congregation are part of the [Egyptian] people. It cannot be turned into a political card and then into a card of violence to be used not only against the regime but against the people.

The law must be used against any wrongdoers, whether Muslim or Christian. Acts of sectarian strife should not terrify us. As long as we are content with citizenship as a reference point everyone who makes a mistake will be held to account and no one is sacred.

* Name corrected after initially being misspelled as Zobeea.

This was originally published in Arabic on the Freedom and Justice portal.

  1. sherinebayoumi said:

    I believe the word sanctity is more correct here than sacred.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. SC said:

    Sherine – I struggled with this word. While sanctity is a similar meaning, how would you put it in this sentence? No one is a sanctity sounds a bit odd.
    Thanks for your input.

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