The Christians in Iraq, although they have lived there longer than the Muslims have and have nothing to do with the United States, are considered, because they share the religion of the American “Crusaders,” to be kuffar harbi — infidels at war with Islam — and thus by the terms of Islamic law their lives are forfeit. Persecution of Christians in Iraq Update: “‘We are killed because we are Christians,'” by Deborah Haynes in the Times, October 27 (thanks to James):
One grey-haired woman understands more than most the fear that has gripped Iraq’s beleaguered Christian community over the past month.
Her brother, Bashar al-Hazim, was among the first to be murdered in a wave of targeted killings that has forced more than 2,000 Christian families to flee the northern city of Mosul.
Masked gunmen walked up to Mr Hashim as he stood with his two children outside their house in the east-side of Mosul in late September.
They demanded to see his identity card, confirmed he was Christian and executed the 41-year-old on the spot.
“I could have died when I found out. He was a dear brother and was killed in a very despicable way,” said the woman, 60, who was too afraid to give her name.
She, like thousands of other Christians who have left the city since the start of October, claims to have no idea who carried out the attack. Fear of potential repercussions appears to prevent many in the region from speaking their mind.
“We’re peaceful people. When my brother was executed he had no enemies. Why was he killed? He was not a member of a party. There was no reason except for being Christian,” the woman, dressed in a black gown, said….
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