ICC Note: As the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) gains more power, they are now demanding all Christians leave the city of Mosul or face execution. Implementing a strict form of Islam, the Islamic State is now forcing conversions upon any religious minority who intends to stay in Mosul. In the city, some militants began marking Christian homes to identify where the Christian families who remain in Mosul are living. Patriarch Sako declared that we are now seeing the first time in history where Mosul has been emptied of its Christians.
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07/21/14 Iraq (BBC News) – The Islamist militant group Isis has told Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam as Jiyar Gol reports.
Iraqi Christians are fleeing Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a “protection tax”.
A statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was read out at the city’s mosques.
It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.
Isis has control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate.
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 Islamist militant group Isis has told Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay a tax or be killed.
A senior Christian cleric said the Islamist militants had been seen tagging Christian houses in the city
“Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Irbil,” in the neighbouring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told the AFP news agency.
“For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” he said.
The patriarch, one of the most senior Christian clerics in Iraq, said militants had been seen tagging Christian houses with the letter N for “Nassarah”, a term used for Christians in the Koran.