The headline to this Breitbart piece says that al-Maqdisi was addressing Egypt’s Christians, but actually he says: “Today, the Islamic state rules over vast areas in Syria and Iraq despite the campaign against it by the crusader infidels. Christians carry on living in those regions over which the Islamic state governs. No one has expelled them. They were asked to choose between paying a protection tax, the Jizya, or moving out. We respect their decisions. If they choose to stay and refuse to pay the Jizyah, they are sentenced according to Islamic law, but are not executed.”
So he seems to be referring only to the Christians in Iraq and Syria, but of course what he says is in full accord with the Qur’an: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (9:29)
…Breitbart Jerusalem discussed Tawadros’ visit to Israel and the reports of Christian persecution in Egypt with Abu Ubaidah al-Maqdisi, a senior member the Mujahedeen Shura Council, a Salafi group based in the Egyptian Sinai. The Council previously took responsibility for the firing of rockets from Sinai to the Israeli southern resort city of Eilat.
During the interview, Maqdisi referred to the Coptic leader as “the Christian crusader Tawadros” and claimed Tawadros and the “Zionist enemy” are “part of the ongoing conspiracy against Islam and Muslims.”
“They are a part of the same crusader campaign against Islam and Muslims anywhere in the world and they are part of the alignment which helps the Arab dictators wage war against the Islamists in their countries, the same dictators whose purpose is to help the Crusaders in ruling over the Islamic states.”
Asked about the rampant reports of Christian persecution in Egypt, Maqdisi replied:
“This is obviously a lie. We know that Christians leaders, especially in the U.S., are attempting to spread this propaganda, but this is false propaganda.
The investigations regarding the bombing of the church in Alexandria, the evening of [President Hosni] Mubarak’s ousting in 2011, they proved that this was an attack timed by the Egyptian secretary of defense in order to justify the continuation of the emergency edicts and to grant more authority and influence to Egypt’s Christians at the expense of the Muslims.
These attacks were meant to justify the war waged by Mubarak’s regime on our brothers, the Mujahedeen.”
Maqdadis [sic] vowed, “We shall not allow the Christians and the Crusaders and the Infidels to rule our country. We are at a battle to impose the Islamic caliphate on the whole world. Eventually, Islam will be the only victor in the world.”
And what of the fate of Christians living in a future Caliphate?
Maqdidis [sic] stated dryly:
“Today, the Islamic state rules over vast areas in Syria and Iraq despite the campaign against it by the crusader infidels. Christians carry on living in those regions over which the Islamic state governs. No one has expelled them.
“They were asked to choose between paying a protection tax, the Jizya, or moving out. We respect their decisions. If they choose to stay and refuse to pay the Jizyah, they are sentenced according to Islamic law, but are not executed.”