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Christians in Syria Force to Sign Subservience Contract or Die, New ISIS Video Shows

Christians in Syria Force to Sign Subservience Contract or Die, New ISIS Video Shows

An Islamic State flag is seen near a barricade, which serves as protection from snipers of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, April 10, 2015. | REUTERS / Moayad Zaghmout

Christians in Syria are now being forced to sign a subservience contract or else be enslaved or killed, a new Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) video shows.

In the newly released footage, ISIS said they are giving Christians in Qaryatayn, Syria the choice to sign a subservience contract or else their men will be killed and the women and kids will be enslaved. The terrorist group conquered the town in August and is claiming that the choice they are giving the Syrian Christians is a display of their "kindness and generosity," according to The Blaze.

The narrator in the new ISIS video said that the Syrian Christians can either embrace Islam or sign a "dhimma contract" that will establish them as inferiors to Muslims. While the jizya tax will still be imposed on them, they will be able to live safely under the ISIS' rule, Catholic.org reports.

The new ISIS video also showed the militants ransacking a church and hurling a cross from the place, the report adds.

Aside from that, the narrator in the video delivered a special message to Christians in America and the rest of the countries in the West. The spokesperson vowed to spare them from any harm if they decide to convert to Islam.

The video, which was posted last weekend, was first reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Monday. The video urged ISIS supporters to fight people who do not believe in Allah until such time that they "are humbled" and voluntarily pay the jizya. MEMRI said the statement is quoted from the Koran.

According to MEMRI, the video gave Syrian Christians four choices. The first choice is to have their men killed and the women and children enslaved. Second, they would be exchanged for money, prisoners, or other material things. Third, they would be granted pardon if they leave the town. Lastly, they could sign the subservience contract and pay the jizya tax.

The subservience contract given by ISIS, which was translated by MEMRI last month, says the Christians in Syria should not own guns or practice their faith in public.

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