Voltaire Network

Qatar calls for the genocide of Alawites


On the 8th of May 2015, the Qatari television channel, Al-Jazeera, broadcast a debate intended to explain the necessity for all Sunnis to torture and massacre all Alawites.

An Internet poll of millions of TV spectators throughout the entire Arab world indicated that 96,20 % of them were in agreement with the genocide of Alawites.

Contrary to what was claimed in the broadcast :
- 70 to 80 % of the Syrian Arab Army is composd of Sunnis,
- Since the beginning of the war, more than one third of the victims are members of the army or the security forces, less than two thirds are civilians,
- The Alawites, in proportion with their number, are the community which has been hit the hardest, among the civilians as well as the military.

Constituted in the 10th century, the Alawite religion is a branch of Shia Islam, and integrates earlier beliefs such as metempsychosis. The Alawites celebrate both Christian and Muslim feast days. Their principal characteristic is the affirmation of the superiority of faith over ritual.They rarely participate in collective prayers, and drink alcohol.

The Alawites live mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

From the first day of the war in Syria, supposedly democratic demonstrators chanted the slogan : « Christians in Beyrout! Alawites in the tomb! »

Pete Kimberley

Voltaire Network

Voltaire, international edition

Article licensed under Creative Commons

The articles on Voltaire Network may be freely reproduced provided the source is cited, their integrity is respected and they are not used for commercial purposes (license CC BY-NC-ND).

Support Voltaire Network

You visit this website to seek quality analysis that enables you to forge your own understanding of today’s world. In order to continue our work, we need you to support our efforts.
Help us by making a contribution.

How to participate in Voltaire Network?

The members of our team are all volunteers.
- Professional-level mother-tongue translators: you can help us by translating our articles.