He justified this announcement by saying, “Those who came out with weapons, their blood is allowed for us [to spill], as a fighter is not considered dhimmi.”
Dhimma is the Islamic law right of non-Muslims to have protected residence within the Islamic state in exchange for taxes.
Speaking in an interview with Egyptian newspaper Al-Watan on Wednesday, Samra said, “Jihad gagged the new pope, as we told him in a statement ‘Your seclusion will not terrorize us’. If you want civil war, we will welcome it as you were the ones who started it.”
“I believe that Pope Tawadros is more dangerous than Shenouda, because the former considers using force as he is trying to establish a Coptic state. He considers the arrival of the Islamists an opportunity to declare civil war.”
He continued, “I believe that offering concessions to this person will make him continue on the path, which he charted, but the end will not be as he expects. Egypt is not like Lebanon or Southeast Asia, and national unity is a fact [here].”
“What Tawadros is doing is a far cry from what the Coptic people want.”
Samra stated to the newspaper that the Church stands behind the organization ‘Black Bloc’, and that the “Tayyiban Battalion”, which he claimed was formed under the late Pope Shenouda III under the cover of scouting was trained in Lebanon and participated in the Lebanese civil war.
Samra said that this is now the current group Black Bloc and that Egyptian politician Mohamed Abu Hamed attended a few of the members’ graduation ceremonies.
He also accused Egyptian entrepreneur and businessman Naguib Sawiris of allocating three billion dollars to overthrow the Muslim Brotherhood.
H.H Pope Tawadros II has not responded to such accusation. As for the claims of the Church supporting Black Bloc or its origins, there is no evidence for such and the scouting groups of the Church are responsible for church organization during prayers and did not receive any training in Lebanon.