Isis video purports to show massacre of two groups of ‘Ethiopian Christians’ – Guardian

Islamic State footage features rant against Christian crusaders, and shows 15 men beheaded on beach and another 15 shot in the head in scrubland Islamic State has released a video purporting to depict the massacre of

Islamic State footage features rant against Christian crusaders, and shows 15 men beheaded on beach and another 15 shot in the head in scrubland

Islamic State has released a video purporting to depict the massacre of 30 Ethiopians, the second incident of mass slaughter of Christians by the terror group in its redoubt in Libya.

The beheadings and shootings publicised by the group are the latest assault on minorities across the Middle East, thousands of whom have been forced to abandon ancestral homes to flee the group’s broadening reach in the region.

It follows a video released in February that showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts on the shores of the Mediterranean, a move that prompted air strikes by the government of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi against the group’s stronghold in a Libya torn by civil strife that has enabled Isis’s entrenchment.

The footage, released on Sunday, depicts the brutal beheading of 15 Ethiopian Christians by masked Isis militants, their blood staining the surf on a strip of beach, as well as another scene in a desert landscape where masked gunmen shoot another 15 Ethiopians with rifles in the back of the head.

“To the nation of the cross, we’re back again,” says a masked militant in the video before the execution. “Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap.”

“We swear to Allah … you will not have safety even in your dreams until you embrace Islam,” he added.

Ethiopia hit out at the atrocity. “We strongly condemn such atrocities, whether they are Ethiopians are not,” the Ethiopian communications minister Redwan Hussein told AFP.

The 29-minute video, titled Until There Came to Them Clear Evidence, appeared primarily aimed at offering religious justification for the targeting of Christians, saying their slaughter is permitted if they refuse to convert to Islam or decline to pay a protection tax in lands where the terror group holds sway.

It also sought to depict Christians living in areas under its control as being treated respectfully and fairly by its courts.

Thousands of Iraq’s Christians fled their ancestral homes in the Nineveh plains last summer, fearing death and forced conversions as the lightning Isis offensive swept through northern Iraq.

Other minorities such as the Yazidis have also faced mass starvation and slavery at the hands of the terror group, which has ethnically cleansed large swaths of Iraq and massacred thousands.

It has also destroyed significant portions of the ancient heritage of Iraq’s Assyrian community, Shia and Christian shrines that Isis says are polytheistic and contrary to its brand of puritanical Islam.

The group’s rampage has all but ended millennia of coexistence between Iraq’s diverse communities.

The video, which features the same high production values common in the group’s media releases and computer generated scenes of old Islamic battles, begins with a recounting of the early history of Christianity and an outline of the schisms that led to the creation of the Coptic, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, as well as the development of Protestantism.

The video condemns the doctrine of the Trinity as a form of apostasy, and brands Christians as infidels. The narrator says Christians must pay the “jizya” – a protection tax imposed on them during the early Islamic conquests in Asia and Europe, or face slaughter.

An Isis cleric, Abu Malik Anas An-Nashwan, offered religious justifications for fighting non-Muslims, saying it is permitted if they refuse to convert to Islam or pay the protection tithe.

He says in the video that Christians in Raqqa, Islamic State’s capital in Syria, have refused to convert but pay the jizya to the group, and its sharia courts rule on their disputes with Muslims, and features interviews with Christians living in areas under the group’s rule who claim to be living in safety.

An-Nashwan sought to justify the forced exodus of Iraq’s Christians, saying they refused to meet Isis representatives and the payment of the jizya. He portrayed their exodus as a mercy bestowed upon them by Islamic State, which he said chose not to slaughter them instead.

The video then shows scenes of Isis fighters destroying churches, crosses and paintings depicting the Virgin Mary, before moving on to show the massacre of the Ethiopian Christians, indicating the price of religious minorities defying the militant group’s edicts.

Many Ethiopian Christians are part of the Coptic Church, and travel to NorthAfrica seeking employment or as a transit route to Europe.

“We tell Christians everywhere that the Islamic State will spread, God willing,” An-Nashwan says at the end of the video. “It will reach you even if you are in fortresses. Those who embrace Islam or jizya will be safe. But those who refuse … will have nothing from us but the edge of the sword. The men will be killed, the women and children enslaved, and the money seized. That is Allah and the prophet’s judgment.”

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  • Eritreawit April 20, 2015

    Yohanes, Amine,

    Who is inviting you ( you DEQI ALULA ) to Eritrean website, listen, when we lost 356 Eritrean lives in Lampadusa, did we came and lash at Tigraionline or IGAFOREM? No we didn’t, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO COME HERE and insult Eritrean Muslims, go find your scapegoat.

  • anti-higdef April 20, 2015

    Dear Assenna censors,

    The guy called Teclay and a few Ethiopianists like him, who insult Eritreans day and night at Asmarino, now have moved to this forum.

    Do you think we should tolerate these people and remain silent while they keep insulting our Martyrs ?

    What is the difference between these people and Iseys ?

    • Michael April 20, 2015

      Change your name from anti hgdef to anti Christian.

      • AHMED SALEH April 20, 2015

        Michael
        People like you couldn’t even save their own kind . There is
        no need to unleash your pain on others around you because
        at the end of the day it will eat away at your soul .

  • Teclay April 20, 2015

    Eritreawit or any one who know the boss- Amanuel.

    would you ask hem politely to brief his staff correctly.As i do not believe or i don’t want to believe he himself has been assassinating the comments.
    Look ,my comment was sentenced only because the one called himself anti -higdef called for it where as he insulted me as “little bastard ” . I didn’t boozer as i know who bastard and dirty is but still i applied to the good moderators of Assena but they didn’t react .
    Sister i believe you have a direct access to the boos ,so would you ask on behave on me not to delete my comment please.I hope you can do it in spite of our deference in our stand on the absurd Ghedli. Post the answer you get and i will give a bunch of flowers.

    • Genet-orginal April 20, 2015

      Teclay said
      “.. would you ask on behave on me not to delete my comment please..”
      Why would Eritreawit or anybody else do that for Teclay? If you are out of line, which you are most oftens, your comment should be deleted. No body should cares about you, Teclay’s feeling. Now, where is the bunch of flowers?

      • Eritreawit April 21, 2015

        Genet-O, Thanks sis.
        Look at this guy Teclay, does he know he is insulting demo.assenna.com when he said that, individuals has access to the “Boss”. In my opinion Mr Amanuel Eyassu and his staff are civil servants who are working hard to better their people’s condition. Mr Teclay what is your contribution here sir? Did you help demo.assenna.com ? that is what I did and planing to do as much as I can.

  • Liban April 20, 2015

    9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

  • AHMED SALEH April 20, 2015

    For arrogant people it is stupid political game as usual . But those
    poor souls blood shed belong to Ethiopians and the forgotten people from Eritrea . Remember we all trace to HABESH people if
    you know the history of our origin , the feature of our face and skin
    complexion looks the same which is hard to differentiate . Anyway,
    I hope Ethiopian, Egyptian and surrounding countries governments
    take urgent steps to destroy this cancerous evils before it spread .

  • Seraw April 20, 2015

    I think the news and the images have hit some nerves very hard that some opportunists are twisting the facts to shield the Satanic Acts and and Words of these subhuman Jihadist rabid dogs that inflicted atrocities on innocent Ethiopian and Eritrean youths, selected and targeted specifically, because of their Christianity.

    The irony is that this can not be hidden under the rags easily, as a separate one time villainy. These have been going on for many years on many Eritreans in Sudan and Egypt, and for many others in Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Iraq and Syria. I just wonder why is this happening many times in the Arab and Islamic world? What is wrong with these people?

    There are about a billion Catholic Christians all the way from Brazil to USA and Canada in the Americas but I had never seen them kill each other or any other non-Catholic soul in genocidal manner in the name of the Bible or Christianity.

    What is wrong in the Arab world: from Afghanistan to Morocco?

  • rahwa April 20, 2015

    Is there any one to tell this barbaric phony ISIS that they are using all technic those Christian westerners has created. Cars the Christian people made, that they are wearing boots and American Christian clothes.
    Shouldn’t they go in their sandals and jelebia like Mohamed did. Shouldn’t they ride camels as uncivilised as they are. Aren’t they keep using a technic Christians sell to them? These coward animals hiding behind their peace of fabric instead of standing for what hey believe in and show their faces.
    This is not something that come out of the bloom. This is the fruit of brainwashing of young Muslims in some extreme Arab countries for many years. Today they behead Christians and tomorrow will be their own children. Barbars do not have any conscience.
    I beg all Eritreans and Ethiopians;
    There is no difference when it comes to this if they are Ethiopians or Eritreans. Let us all fight poverty in both countries so that our people do not need to face this animals.

  • Liban April 20, 2015

    10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

    12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

    14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

    16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

    17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

  • semere 2 April 21, 2015

    I feel ashamed to read people insulting each other on this page. And yet we are mourning the beheading of innocent victims. Not all Muslim and Christian are extremists. Even our Christian denominations have their own black spot during the crusaders. Whether they are Christians or Muslim “extremists” are diabolic and they don’t reflect any will of God.
    I am also ashamed to read people’s comments defending “Ethiopianism” or “Eritreanism”. This is neither the forum nor the moment. The International community is mourning for the victims and we are arguing on unrelated and untimely topics.

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