Fox News contributor Juan Williams said Wednesday that Coptic Christians are being targeted in Egypt because the Muslim Brotherhood sees them as surrogates for the United States.
Violence against Egyptian Christians has increased dramatically in the past few weeks, and many blame them for the recent ouster of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi.
"I think they view the Christian Coptics as surrogates for the United States," Williams told Chris Stirewalt on "Power Play" on FoxNews.com. "They are preying on people that they have on hand because they can't touch the United States. They can't touch the military, so they have made the convenient surrogate into the Christian community."
Dozens of Christian churches in Egypt have been destroyed and torched as a result of the violence. On Sunday, one Christian church canceled Mass for the first time in 1,600 years.
"As a Christian, I don't think there's any way that you can ignore the idea that fellow Christians are being persecuted," said Williams.
Watch the full interview in the video above.