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Egyptians cry racism over stabbing

In Cairo, Egyptians protested the death last week of Marwa el-Sherbini, who was stabbed in a German courtroom. In Cairo, Egyptians protested the death last week of Marwa el-Sherbini, who was stabbed in a German courtroom. (Mohammed Ahmed/ Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 7, 2009
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CAIRO - Thousands of Egyptian mourners marched behind the coffin of the “martyr of the head scarf’’ yesterday - a pregnant Muslim woman who was stabbed to death in a German courtroom last week as her 3-year-old son watched.

Many in her homeland were outraged by the attack and accused Germans of responding in a low-key way exemplifying racism and anti-Muslim sentiment.

The victim’s husband was critically wounded Wednesday in Dresden when 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 the mourners for 32-year-old Marwa al-Sherbini in Alexandria, where her body was buried after being flown home from Germany.

Al-Sherbini, who was about four months pregnant and wore the Islamic head scarf, was involved in a court case against her neighbor for calling her a terrorist and was set to testify against him when he stabbed her 18 times inside the courtroom.

The attacker, who has only been identified as Alex W., 28, a Russian of German descent, remains in detention.