According to an Iraqi judicial source, 180 Christian families filed a lawsuit against the head of Iraq’s Shia Waqf, Sheikh Alaa al-Moussawi. The lawsuit accuses al-Moussawi of hate speech after he told Christians that they should ‘convert or die.’ Such rhetoric is dangerous and deadly for Christians who already face intense persecution in Iraq.
2017-05-19 Iraq (The New Arab) – Dozens of Iraqi Christian families filed a lawsuit against the head of the Iraq’s Shia Waqf (Iraqi Shia Endowment Fund), Sheikh Alaa al-Moussawi, on charges of incitement against Christians.
Al-Moussawi, who is in charge of the body which maintains all of the Shia holy sites, including mosques, Huseiniyas and schools, sparked anger as he declared Christians to be “infidels” during a speech in southern Iraq, according to local media.
Al-Moussawi, described the Christians as “infidels and polytheists” and stressed the need for “jihad” against them.