Synagogue firebombed: the main synagogue in the Ukrainian city of Nikolayev is reportedly firebombed - the synagogue was empty of worshippers at the time Jerusalem bagel crackdown: Jerusalem municipality inspectors confiscate bagel stands and other stalls selling leavened goods near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City for violating licensing laws  Israel under attack: Gaza Strip militants fire seven rockets at southern Israel with at least two rockets slamming into a road in the city of Sderot, just yards from a Synagogue 
17 december 2012 Last updated at 12:47 GMT  

Jihadi leader Al Hassani blasts Christians on TV

Jihadi leader Ahmad Al Baghdadi Al Hassani has spoken of Christians as polytheists and friends of the Zionists, in an Egyptian TV address. The extremist leader further stressed they must choose “Islam or death”, while their women and girls may legitimately be regarded as wives of Muslims. The statements do not come as a complete surprise, but do mark a diversion from Baghdadi’s usual attacks against Americans. Today he lives in Syria, supporting the armed opposition, where it is likely his words will have muted impact due to limited numbers of Christians in much of Syria.

Al Hassani’s comments seem to mark a growing trend of anti-Christian sentiment in the Muslim world, with them coming just after a group of Egypt’s Christian women voters were banned from casting their ballot in a disputed constitutional referendum. 


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