Egypt’s Christians Struggle to Rebuild Churches Despite 2016 Reform Law

Egypt’s Christians continue to struggle to get government approval for church building and repair projects despite the reforms implemented by a church construction law approved in 2016. A new report by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) concluded that “the positive impact” of the law “has been minimal.”

Historian Rips New York Times for Recycling Ben-Gurion ‘Myth’

An American-Israeli historian criticized New York Times reporter Max Fisher last week for recycling a “myth” that Israel’s founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion fretted the Jewish state’s occupation of territories won in the 1967 war would undermine its democratic principles.

U.S. to Withhold Up to $290 Million in Egypt Aid

The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.