Christians Forced to Pay Protection Tax in Syria

The Lebanese television station Al Mayadeen reports on the announcement by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that it is imposing the status of dhimma (second-class) status on the Christian population of Raqqa, Syria according to sharia law.

Christians are required to pay 17 kilos of gold as jizya [tax on non-Muslims] and must refrain from any public expression of their religion in exchange for a guarantee of their safety. In addition, renovation of churches, the ringing of church bells and Christian prayer in public are prohibited. ISIS also forbade Christians to possess weapons and to sell pork or alcohol to Muslims.

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