Raymond Ibrahim: Islam’s Collective Punishment of Christians

Dhimmi was the name applied by the Arab-Muslim conquerors to the indigenous non-Muslim populations that surrendered by a treaty (dhimma) to Muslim domination.

A non-Muslim community that is forced to accept dhimmitude is condemned to live in a system that will protect it from violent jihad on only one condition: if it is completely subservient to a Muslim master. In return for that subservience, the community is granted limited rights, although dhimmis could be capriciously subjected to such depredations as mass slavery, abductions, and deportations.

According to the dhimma, the protection racket that supposedly keeps the “people of the book” safe as long as they are submissive and never complain about the  ever increasing, humiliating exploitation by their Muslim masters, the ‘pact’ is broken whenever a Muslim is perceived to be slighted.

In that case the ‘treaty’ is revoked and the dhimmies are subjected to violent jihad.

Muslims always apply collective guilt; but in Western countries it is them who scream the loudest when  Muslims are ‘stereotyped’, ‘tarred with a broad brush’ or not treated with the greatest deference. The constant (false) accusations against Israel applying collective punishment are projection, for Muslims it is simply inconceivable that Jews should be able  to live in their own country by their own laws and rule over  a substantial Muslim population.

Raymond Ibrahim: Islam’s Collective Punishment of Christians

Over at the Investigative Project on Terrorism (via RaymondIbrahim.com), I discuss the latest attack on Egypt’s Christians in the context of collective punishment:

As many of Israel’s critics portray it as collectively punishing the Palestinians, overlooked and unsaid is the greater frequency with which Muslims collectively punish the religious minorities living under their authority, often in atrocious ways.Consider Egypt alone. The most recent attacks on Egypt’s Copts, culminating in the unprecedented besiegement of the St. Mark Cathedral, the holiest site of Coptic Orthodoxy, is the latest large-scale “collective punishment” of the nation’s indigenous Christian minority. Indeed, almost all of the major attacks on Copts are carried out in the context of collective punishment, based on the idea that, if just one Christian upsets Muslims, all Christians—and their churches and their women and their children—become fair game.

Collectively punishing “upstart” religious minorities who refuse to know their place in the Islamic order actually has doctrinal backing….

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