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|موضوع: Christians in Iraq told to convert or face death الأحد 20 يوليو 2014, 03:42|| |
Christians in Iraq told to convert or face death
Christians flee the Iraqi city of Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a "protection tax"
19 July 2014, 9:14am
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Christians fled when Islamic State rebels captured Mosul earlier this month
The Islamic State group has threatened Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul with death if they do not to convert to Islam or pay a tax.
The statement issued by the Islamic State was read out at the city's mosques and called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.
Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, was overrun by the Islamic State group and allied rebel groups last month.
The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as "dhimma," under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a "jizya".
"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the Isis statement said.
The Iraqi army units stationed in the city, most of whom were Shia, fled after the group crossed from Syria and attacked the north of Iraq.
Before the attack, Mosul's Christian community was estimated at 3,000. Many are believed to have already fled the city as part of an exodus of up to one-third of the population. Churches and Christian-owned shops in the city were reported smashed by those who fled.
The Islamic State's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, held a sermon in Mosul's grand mosque two weeks ago, calling on all Muslims to unite behind his group.
The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has issued similar demands in areas in control in Syria, and has posted pictures of Christians being crucified for disobeying orders in Raqqa.
Church leaders in Iraq have not responded to the threats officially.
Nickolay Mladenov, the head of the UN assistance mission In Iraq, condemned the order.
"Any persecution of minorities constitutes a crime against humanity and we urge all sides to protect civilians. We have produced a report listing attacks on civilians and have brought this up at the highest levels of the Iraqi government."
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فارضي تفجر وشعبي يهجر تعالى وحرر بك نستريح
وطفل العراق بك يستغيث وام تنادي بقلب جريح
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