Last Christians in Mosul to Pay “dihmmi” Tax
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Les derniers chrétiens de Mossoul, cible des jihadistes
Sad news for the last Christians of Mosul. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (EIIL) – Daech according acronym in Arabic, – has ordered them to pay the jizyah,a special tax which giving them the status of second-class citizens.
This tax, according to various first-hand witnesses collected by telephone from Mosul, obliges Christian families to pay $ 250 per employed person, or $ 500 for a couple.
“They have a choice between paying, converting or leaving “ said father Tahir Issa, of the small Chaldean Church.
“PACT OF PROTECTION”.
This obligation to pay the jizya for Christian dhimmi – “protected” or a non-Muslim citizens in Muslim state – is compulsory.
It is also open to any non-Muslim citizen, provided they belong to a revealed religion (Judaism, Zoroastrianism, etc..). It is accompanied by other discriminatory conditions, restricted freedom of worship, and the loss of certain rights, in exchange for a guarantee of security for their persons and property.
According to reports from refugees in Kurdistan the jihadists have claimed that a Moslem who steals from a Christian will be executed, while those who steal from other Muslims will only have their hands cut off.
There are around 500 Christians left in Mosul, amongst two million inhabitants.
Father Tahrir Issa also asserts that two churches in Mosul, one named the Holy Spirit, which belongs to the Chaldeans and the other, belonging to the Armenian community have recently been completely vandalised. A statue of the Virgin in another church was also destroyed.
There are other reports on this, and the imposition of strict Shariah law in areas under ISIS influence. See also Les seize commandements de l’Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant.
Libération takes a much more robust line than, notably, the Guardian, on these issues.