ISIS has released another video depicting the slaughter of Christians in Libya, showing footage of two massacres in which 30 Ethiopian Christians were killed.
Before the executions a masked militant said: “To the nation of the cross, we’re back again… 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.
Later a militant with a Yemeni accent said: “Those who convert to Islam are safe. Those who refuse, we don’t have anything for them but the sword.”
The atrocities were shown in a 29-minute video entitled Until There Came to Them Clear Evidence. In one massacre 15 Christians were beheaded; in the other 15 people were shot in the head.
The video sought to justify the way Christians were treated in ISIS-held areas. Interviews were shown with a Christian mechanic and a doctor living in Raqqa who said they had paid the jizya, an extortion tax on non-Muslims, and were living under ISIS’s protection.
The video said Christians needed to either pay the jizya, convert to Islam or face being killed.
Over the weekend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was in Egypt to express his condolences over the killings. During his visit he met President al-Sisi, Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Egyptian Coptic Church, and Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar.
Having been unable to sell in churches for well over a year due to the pandemic, we are now inviting readers to support the Herald by investing in our future. We have been a bold and influential voice in the church since 1888, standing up for traditional Catholic culture and values.
Please join us on our 130 year mission by supporting us. We are raising £250,000 to safeguard the Herald as a world-leading voice in Catholic journalism and teaching. For more information from our chairman on contributing to the Herald Patron's Fund, click here
Make a Donation
Donors giving £500 or more will automatically become sponsor patrons of the Herald. This includes two complimentary print/digital gift subscriptions, invitations to Patron events, pilgrimages and dinners, and 6 gift subscriptions sent to priests, seminaries, Catholic schools, religious care homes and prison and university chaplaincies. Click here for more information on becoming a Patron Sponsor. Click here for more information about contributing to the Herald Patron's Fund