Posts Tagged ‘Copt’

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Muslim Brotherhood fills coffers with jizya from 80 Coptic families

November 17, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood gangsters have demanded from 3,000 to 15,000 USD apiece from 80 Coptic Christian households in Malawi, Egypt, according to a recent broadcast on CTV.  The report doesn’t specify how the Muslim Brotherhood is using the money it has collected, but typically such funds are used to pay Muslim Brotherhood operatives and to buy weapons.

Raymond Ibrahim has the details on the Brotherhood’s latest enterprise:

The Kidnapping and Plundering of Christian Copts

By Raymond Ibrahim on November 2, 2013

The kidnapping and plundering of Egypt’s Christian Copts continues unabated.

As recently revealed on CTV, in a village called Maghlaga, in the district of Malawi—where Muslim Brotherhood supporters earlier ransacked and plundered a museum housing Egyptian antiquities—a Muslim gang leader known as “Saddam” has been going to every one of the approximately 80 Coptic households in the village demanding jizya/extortion money from them.

One inhabitant of the village confirmed that Muslim Brotherhood members are behind Saddam, specifically informing him how much money each household can be squeezed of, so that most households are paying anywhere from 20,000-100,000 Egyptian pounds (from 3-15 thousand U.S. dollars).

Yasser, the village resident reporting, said that Saddam told the Copts that “Everyone is going to pay and whoever doesn’t pay we’ll take his son, his wife—we’ll violate the people to the utmost extreme.”

During the live news show it was further revealed that in the region of Shubrat al-Khaima, another young Coptic child was kidnapped, with demands that his parents pay 250,000 EP (nearly 40,000 USD).  After the father complied and met them alone with the money in a secret place, the kidnappers took the money, beat the father severely, and still kept his child.

Such hate for Egypt’s Christians is hardly unprecedented.  Earlier another Muslim man kidnapped a 6-year-old Christian boy and, after the family paid the ransom, still killed the child and threw his body in his sewer.

See prior Money Jihad coverage of how the Muslim Brotherhood finances itself through the traditional Islamic jizya tax here, here, and here.

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Muslim Brothers’ revenue tactic: ransoming Copts

September 20, 2013

Copying the tactics of jihadists in Pakistan, the Philippines, and the Sahel, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has increasingly turned towards kidnap-for-ransom schemes as a fundraising method.  As the Brotherhood will also tell you, the imposition of ransoms is justified by Islamic law.  The revenues also help them buy arms or fund terrorists in the Sinai.

One difference, however, in the Egyptian case is that the captors seem to have an inflated sense of how much money the Coptic minority can pay to redeem their loved ones.  Many of the ransom demands are simply too high, resulting in no profit for the abductors and the death of the captive.

From the Middle East Forum:

Egypt: Christians Killed for Ransom

by Raymond Ibrahim
September 2, 2013

Not only are the churches, monasteries, and institutions of Egypt’s Christians under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters—nearly 100 now have been torched, destroyed, ransacked, etc.—but Christians themselves are under attack all throughout Egypt, with practically zero coverage in Western media.

Days ago, for example, Copts held a funeral for Wahid Jacob, a young Christian deacon who used to serve in St. John the Baptist Church, part of the Qusiya diocese in Asyut, Egypt. He was kidnapped on August 21 by “unknown persons” who demanded an exorbitant ransom from his impoverished family—1,200,000 Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $171,000 USD). Because his family could not raise the sum, he was executed—his body dumped in a field where it was later found. The priest who conducted his funeral service said that the youth’s body bore signs of severe torture.

In fact, kidnapping young Christians and holding them for ransom has become increasingly common in Egypt. Last April, 10-year-old Sameh George, another deacon, or altar boy, at St. Abdul Masih (“Servant of Christ”) Church in Minya, Egypt, was also abducted by “unknown persons” while on his way to church to participate in Holy Pascha prayers leading up to Orthodox Easter. His parents said that it was his custom to go to church and worship in the evening, but when he failed to return, and they began to panic, they received an anonymous phone call from the kidnappers, informing them that they had the Christian child in their possession, and would execute him unless they received 250,000 Egyptian pounds in ransom money.

If those in Egypt being kidnapped and sometimes killed for ransom money are not all deacons, they are almost always church-attending Christians. Last April, for example, another Coptic Christian boy, 12-year-old Abanoub Ashraf, was also kidnapped right in front of his church, St. Paul Church in Shubra al-Khayma district. His abductors, four men, put a knife to his throat, dragged him to their car, opened fire on the church, and then sped away. Later they called the boy’s family demanding a large amount of money to ransom child’s life.

The hate for these Christians—who are seen as no better than dogs—is such that sometimes after being paid their ransom, the Muslim abductors still slaughter them anyway. This was the fate of 6-year-old Cyril Joseph, who was kidnapped last May. In the words of the Arabic report, the boy’s “family is in tatters after paying 30,000 pounds to the abductor, who still killed the innocent child and threw his body into the toilet of his home, where the body, swollen and moldy, was exhumed”…

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Egypt: Islamists levy jizya against Copts

September 15, 2013

And what do they do with the proceeds?  Buy weapons to wage further assaults against non-Muslims, the military, and moderate Muslims.  Excerpts from a recent article in The Times of London follow:

  • “Some Coptic Christian communities are being made to pay bribes as local Islamists exploit the turmoil by seeking to revive a seventh-century tax, called jizya, levied on non-Muslims.”
  • “In Minya, home to one of the largest communities of Coptic Christians, families said that they had had to pay protection money to their Muslim attackers.”
  • “‘…A local thug [in Deir Mawas], together with representatives of the two most important Muslim families in the city, came around to the Christian families demanding money or they will burn their buildings,’ he said. ‘The starting price was 2,000LE (£190), but because I own quite a large shop, I had to pay 5,000LE.’ For many this is several months’ earnings.”

Additionally, Raymond Ibrahim reports:

  • “…the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in south Minya province to pay jizya…”
  • “‘…Some are being expected to pay 200 Egyptian pounds per day, others 500 Egyptian pounds per day’.”
  • “…some 40 Christian families have now fled Dalga…”

And just yesterday, two Coptic Christians in Sahel Selim in Assuit Province were killed for refusing to pay 10,000 Egyptian pounds in jizya to a “Muslim gang.”  CBN has video:

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Copts threatened again with jizya

October 5, 2012

The imposition of the jizya tax against non-Muslims is frequently threatened and often enforced in the Islamic world.  Just ask the Sikhs of Pakistan, the Jews of Yemen, the Christians of Iraq, the Catholics of the Philippines, the Greek Orthodox of northern Cyprus, and the Copts of Egypt.

The promise that non-Muslims shall convert to Islam, pay the jizya, or be fought is a promise made by the Hadith, and a promise kept by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Read all about it at http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/egypt-muslims-distribute-leaflets-telling-christians-to-leave-city-or-have-their-property-destroyed.html.

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“Liberal” Egyptian prez candidate pledges jizya

July 7, 2011

Hazim Abu Ismail

“Christians in Egypt,” he explains, “live better than Muslims in the U.S.”  The jizya is a sign of justice to spare Christian necks.

Read the rest of this entry ?

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More anti-Copt jizya

April 10, 2011

Extortion, looting, abduction for ransom–all fancy words for Islamic style revenue collection that’s ongoing against non-Muslims in Egypt.  Now the Copts “have no more money to give.”  From AINA on Apr. 6 (h/t GoV):

…The terror started on January 28, when Ali Hussein assaulted Copt Khalil Suweiha and his family. Mr. Suweiha filed a report with the police in Deir Mawas but was forced to drop the charges after being threatened with death by Hussein and his 200-man armed gang.

Hussein then started extorting money from Copts and attacking their homes. They all had to withdraw the police reports they filed against him after being threatened.

On January 29, Hussein, broke into the house of another Copt (his name is withheld), raped his wife and mother after being restrained by Hussein’s men. He was too frightened to report the crime to the police after being threatened that his children would be killed, according to activist Mariam Ragy.

Alaa Yusuf Iskandar, 30, was kidnapped and his family paid a ransom of 200,000 Egyptian pounds to Hussein to set him free. Although the family reported the kidnapping to the police, no action was taken.

Hanna Samuel had his 12-year old son kidnapped on March 8; the well to do Coptic family paid a ransom of nearly 500,000 Egyptian pounds to free their child.

According to Shoukry, “Ali Hussein has set himself up as governor of the two villages despite the presence of two village mayors. He is practicing injustice and tyranny only against the Copts in the villages. He walks between Christian homes, carrying a weapon on his shoulder, followed by his brothers and cousins and more than fifty armed thugs from outside the villages.” He added that Hussein and his gang declared that they are the government of the Copts. The incidents of extortion, looting, crop destruction and kidnapping children for ransom have become so prevalent many families have left the villages as they have no more money to give him. “His despotism and tyranny reached the extent of imposing a curfew on the Copts from six o’clock in the evening to seven o’clock in the morning. Any Copt daring to break the curfew is beaten up and terrorized,” Shoukry said…

See prior anti-Coptic jizya coverage here.

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Al-Zumar favors jizya on Copts

April 3, 2011

Egyptian Islamic Jihad Organization leader Abboud Al-Zumar says nonchalantly that Copts in Egypt are to be subjected to the jizya.  It’s a very calm answer to a television interviewer’s question.  The nature of the answer shows that this is the default position of Islamists.  They don’t give a second thought to the unusual nature of the jizya.  They think it is perfectly normal and rational for the non-believers of a religion to pay a religious tax to support the propagation of that religion.  From MEMRI on Mar. 27:

Interviewer: “The Copts may be a minority, but they are still partners in this country. They have equal rights and obligations in this country.”

Abboud Al-Zumar: “That’s what we say too. They have the same rights and obligations.”

Interviewer: “But you are talking about Jizya, and about protecting them… Some of your ideas undermine the notion that they are equal owners and partners.”

Abboud Al-Zumar: “These things have many details and limitations. This does not apply when they do certain things in society… Society must protect them, which is why Islam prescribed the Jizya tax, which is parallel to the zaqat. The Muslims pay zaqat to the state, and the Copts pay the so-called jizya tax.”

Sadly, it is the jizya itself that eroded Coptic life centuries ago, and jizya has become a renewed reality in many parts of Egypt.  The ouster of Mubarak may lead to a new, formalized, nationwide jizya.