They were there simply to visit one of Egypt’s archaeological treasures, the temple of Hatshepsut in the southern town of Luxor.
But the visit became a nightmare as six men, armed with firearms and knives, fired on them.
For 45 minutes the tourists were trapped inside the temple while their assailants systematically murdered them. They ten hijacked a bus but were stopped by a police shootout, in which three Egyptian tour guides died.
A London university’s Islamic society promoted a “hard-line Islamist ideology” which led to “the intimidation and harassment of staff, students and members of minority”, researchers have revealed.
A report by the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam shows that the behaviour of City University’s Islamic society (ISoc) “during the last academic year “scared” Jewish students and moderate Muslims and “led to increased religious tensions on campus.”
The authors of the report cautioned that “such extremism may increase the risks of students turning to terrorism.”
This week it emerged that charges have been issued against seven young Muslim citizens of Israel, who are accused of setting up a terror cell inspired by Islamic Jihad.
Three of them confessed to the murder of cab driver Yefim Weinstein seven months ago, the attempted murder of a Jewish pizza delivery boy, and burning of buses hired by Christian pilgrims. The men, whose arrest two months ago was under a gag order until Monday, were also charged with the attempted murder of a Christian they believed had cursed the prophet Mohammed, as well as kidnapping, assault and weapons offences.
"There is only one way to stop the aggression of Israel and save the captive Muslims of Gaza...it originates from the garrisons of the Muslim armies.
"This is the responsibility of the Generals of the Muslim armies to point their tanks and missiles towards Israel and mobilise their armies to eradicate the state of Israel from the face of the planet.
"And if these traitor rulers try to come in their way they should trample upon them as well."