Muslims Forcing Christian Assyrians in Baghdad Neighborhood to Pay ‘Protection Tax’
3/20/2007 Iraq (Asia News) — Muslims in the Dora neighborhood of Iraq are forcing Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) to pay the jizya, the poll tax demanded by the Koran which all Christians and Jews must pay in exchange for being allowed to live and practice their faith as well as being entitled to ‘Muslim protection’ from outside aggression.
At least two cases have been reported to a government employee — who wishes to remain anonymous — in which the Christian Assyrian wives were instructed to go to a certain mosque and pay, which they did out of fear. The stated reason for the payment was “we do the fighting and you pay to support.”
The jizya has been collected since the arrival of Islam in 630 A.D. The last systematic collection was by the Ottomans (Turks), which came to an end only in 1918, when the Ottoman empire was defeated and partitioned in World War One.