Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Islamic tax imposed on Greeks in occupied Cyprus

I’ve translated below a report from today’s Cyprus Kathimerini regarding the imposition of the Islamic Jizya tax by the Turkish occupation authorities on the few hundred Greeks who since the Turkish invasion have been enclaved in the villages of Ayia Triada/Yialousa and Rizokarpaso in the Karpasia peninsula. The funds are being used for the upkeep of Turkish army camps and the building of new mosques. The report also makes clear that provisions provided to the enclaved by the Cyprus government via the UN are being systematically looted by Turkish settlers.

Jizya tax on the enclaved in Karpasia
The Karpasia Co-ordination Committee has revealed that an Ottoman-style Jizya tax is being imposed on the enclaved Greeks of Karpasia by the occupation army and the [ultra-nationalist] Grey Wolves to pay for the upkeep of Turkish army camps in the region and the building of new mosques.

‘The Ottoman jizya tax [amounting to 10% of the value of goods or 10% of that produced] has been imposed on the enclaved by the Turkish occupation army and the Grey Wolves, who together exercise authority in the peninsular,’ a statement by the Karpasia Co-ordination Committee said.

It added: ‘The Greeks who remain on their land are being forced to endure humiliation and the siphoning of their financial resources for the upkeep of the occupation army and the construction of new mosques in Karpasia.’

According to the Committee, the ‘police’ of the pseudo-state have told the enclaved that their ‘contributions’ are necessary for ‘improvements to the Turkish army camps in Ayios Andronikos and Monargas, near Boghazi, as well as for the building of mosques in all the Greek villages in the region.’

The Committee stresses that the measures are ruinous for the Greek population of Karpasia and are aimed at harming their human and national dignity. As Orthodox Christians, they are being forced to contribute to the building of Muslim shrines and the well-being of imams from Turkey, who have recently flooded the occupied areas of Cyprus.

The Karpasia Co-ordination Committee also adds that Turkish settlers are continuing to reap, in one way or another, the provisions sent to the enclaved by the Cyprus government every Wednesday via UNFICYP.

‘The arrival of the UN trucks is a time of celebration for the settlers, who systematically avoid working, knowing that the Cyprus government will “take care” of them.’