Leah Barkoukis

It looks like they didn’t stop after looting and burning dozens of churches in Egypt—now the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing some Coptic Christians in Egypt to pay a jizya tax, author and translator Raymond Ibrahim reported on Sunday:

“…the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in south Minya province to pay jizya — the money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords “with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued” to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29.”

All Copts in the village are being forced to pay “without exception,” according to Fr. Yunis Shawqi, who spoke this week to Dostor reporters in Dalga. He also said the “value of the tribute and method of payment differ from one place to another in the village, so that, some are being expected to pay 200 Egyptian pounds per day, others 500 Egyptian pounds per day…”

To put those figures in perspective, 200 Egyptian pounds is the equivalent of $29 per day, or $203 per week. Not exactly pocket change. So what happens if a family cannot afford to pay it?

"In some cases, those not able to pay have been attacked, their wives and children beaten and/or kidnapped.  As a result, some 40 Christian families have now fled Dalga, joining the ever growing list of displaced Christians in the Middle East."

And this isn’t just happening in Egypt…

"It’s the same in Syria and Iraq. “Rebels” recently went to a Christian man’s “shop and gave him three options: become Muslim; pay $70,000 as a tax levied on non-Muslims, known as jizya; or be killed along with his family….  Androus from Mosul, Iraq… says he received a similar demand via telephone. ‘Because you are infidels, you have to pay jizya,’ he recalled being told over the phone. ‘Either you pay jizya, or we will kill you or your son.’”


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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