MUSLIMS IN the Egyptian hometown of the Coptic Christian family found slain
in Jersey City reportedly have canceled celebrations of a major holiday
today out of respect for the victims.

The gesture strikes a remarkable contrast to the animosity that has
surfaced locally after some Copts asserted that a Muslim must have killed
the family over anti-Islamic statements the dad posted in an Internet chat
room”¦

In Luxor, where the family lived before immigrating to Jersey City in 1997,
Muslim friends and neighbors are refraining from baking sweets, buying
gifts and other festivities common in observing Eid al-Adha, according to
an Egyptian newspaper”¦

Al-Wafd, one of Egypt’s largest independent dailies, also reported
yesterday that a memorial service for the Armanious family was heavily
attended by Muslims, who were welcomed by the slain family’s relatives

 

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