Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Muslim Woman Stabbed 18 Times in German Courtroom

Thousands of Egyptian mourners marched behind the coffin of the "martyr of the head scarf" – a pregnant Muslim woman who was stabbed to death in a Dresden courtroom on Wednesday in front of her young son.

Many in her homeland were outraged by the attack and saw the low-key response in Germany as an example of racism and anti-Muslim sentiment.

The woman's husband was critically wounded in the attack, after he tried to intervene and was stabbed by the attacker and accidentally shot by court security.

"There is no God but God and the Germans are the enemies of God," chanted mourners for 32-year-old Marwa el-Sherbini in Alexandria, where her body was buried.

"We will avenge her killing," her brother Tarek el-Sherbini told the Associated Press by telephone from the mosque where prayers were being recited in front of his sister's coffin. "In the west, they don't recognise us. There is racism."

Sherbini, a pharmacist who was four months' pregnant and wore the Islamic head scarf, was involved in a court case against her neighbour after he called her a terrorist. She was due to testify when he stabbed her 18 times inside the courtroom in front of her three-year-old son.

Read the full report here.


John (Ad Orientem) said...

This is obviously a horrific crime. That said the indignation of the mourners at the funeral would be easier to respect if it were not for their monumental hypocrisy. One need only look at the way Christian minorities suffer in Islamic countries (including Egypt) to see this.


Alice C. Linsley said...

Very true, John. I cover that side of the story also. Just today I posted the story of the Pakistani Christian who was repeatedly stabbed and brutalized by the owner of a Muslim-only tea stand and his employees who showed the victim no mercy. As a friend recently said, "Islam needs to deal with itself."