We Ezidis: They’d kill us even if we con­verted to Is­lam

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

There’s no doubt that the non-Mus­lim Kurds have suf­fered even more catas­tro­phes than Mus­lim Kurds by some of the east­ern oc­cu­py­ing forces and au­thor­i­ties in the past cen­turies. Geno­cide, as an ex­ter­mi­nat­ing pol­icy has been com­mit­ted against the Kurds sev­eral times. The ma­jor in­stances oc­curred in Iraq, Iran, Tur­key and Syria in the past cen­turies. The lat­est geno­cide against Mus­lim Kurds was (An­fal) which was com­mit­ted by Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime, ex­ploit­ing a chap­ter of Qu­ran un­der the same ti­tle (An­fal) to jus­tify his heinous crime against the civil­ians. An­other act of geno­cide against the Kurds is the one be­ing com­mit­ted by the ter­ror­ist group of Is­lamic State (ISIL) against Ezidi Kurds in Shin­gal Moun­tain. It is still go­ing on.

We should bear in mind that many re­li­gious fat­was have been is­sued to ex­ter­mi­nate Ezidi Kurds. The Shin­gal Mount has pro­tected them from th­ese his­tor­i­cal crimes ev­ery time. This time, the bar­baric strikes of ISIL and the Arab chau­vin­ists evoked the sym­pa­thy of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama took a courageous and his­tor­i­cal po­lit­i­cal and humanitarian de­ci­sion to aid and pro­tect the Yazidis. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is now sup­ported via pro­vid­ing air strikes against the ISIL. At the same time, the French Pres­i­dent con­tacted Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani and showed his coun­try’s humanitarian and mil­i­tary sup­port for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion against the ter­ror­ists.

The ter­ri­fy­ing story of ex­ter­mi­nat­ing on the one hand and the self-de­fense of Ezidi Kurds and their strug­gle to sur­vive on the other are nu­mer­ous and end­less in the an­cient sources, his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments, the folk­lore and ver­bal lit­er­a­ture of the Kurds. The eras of ar­riv­ing of Is­lam, and the era of Ot­toman Em­pire, which had always been against the Ezidis, are full of tragic and cat­a­strophic sto­ries, while the will of re­sis­tance and hold­ing to the spir­i­tual strength of this reli­gion within the heart of each Ezidi is some­thing quite as­ton­ish­ing.

Let’s move to an­other sad story: the cry of the Kur­dish Ezidi woman in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment moved Obama's com­science. The re­marks that a Shi­ite told this woman that it was "you who have brought this on your­selves" ac­tu­ally shook me up. What makes me hor­ri­fied and frus­trated is the sit­u­a­tion of tens of thou­sands of small chil­dren dy­ing of thirst and hunger on the Shin­gal Mount. What is even more heart­break­ing is the cry­ing of an el­derly Yazidi say­ing " Ezidis are mis­er­able.. Fatwa is against the Ezidism, our homes were de­stroyed, our girls are taken and our men are killed." Even more out­ra­geous in­ci­dent was the ab­duc­tion of Ezidi Kur­dish girls and women and sell­ing them as slaves by the fas­cist beasts of ISIL.

What I have men­tioned is noth­ing com­pared to what’s hap­pened on the ground. I’ll tell you a very sim­ple story of a young Ezidi who told me dur­ing an ex­ten­sive con­ver­sa­tion two days ago in Hewler. He said: "Even if we Ezidis con­verted to Is­lam, we couldn’t escape death, be­cause ISIL doesn’t want us to em­brace Is­lam be­fore they kill us, that is why its hon­or­able and more dig­ni­fied to die as an Ezidi. "

He said those lines as if his sad­ness was as heavy as the Shin­gal Mount it­self. This is the dis­as­ter of rad­i­cal­ism in Is­lam, this is the method and idea of this se­ri­ous Is­lamist group that in­tends to de­clare Caliphate by the power of sword and liq­ui­da­tion. A large num­ber of Mus­lim-Kur­dish re­li­gious men in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion con­demn the phi­los­o­phy and method and the ter­ror, while Arab Mus­lims have re­mained silent. They be­lieve that a Kur­dish Ezidi and a Chris­tian should be killed, even if he con­verts into Is­lam. So, they carry out ev­ery­thing for the sake of God through killing. The group con­sid­ers na­tion­hood as a crime and blas­phe­mous. A Ezidi Kurd is tar­geted twice as a Kurd first and a Yazidis sec­ond. The Christians, who have had a long his­tory in Me­sopotamia, too, are un­der the sword of the rad­i­cal Is­lamists. Those who are non-Arab Mus­lims ac­cord­ing to the law of th­ese rad­i­cal groups must be erad­i­cated.

That’s why the story of this young Ezidi is the sad­dest. The ISIL has passed the death sen­tence on the Ezidis. But we should not for­get that en­e­mies of the Kurds, the Ezidis and hu­man­ity have always been de­feated at the end. Th­ese ex­trem­ists will cer­tainly emerge even in the future un­der dif­fer­ent names and slo­gans, but the aim will re­main the same: eth­nic cleans­ing and geno­cide un­der the veil of Is­lam. We have no idea how many dis­as­ters and calamity we will face un­der the power and law of their swords, but one is quite cer­tain that we will pre­vail. Hu­man­ity will pre­vail at the end.

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