According to recent Arabic news media, “a Syrian nun testified to the Vatican news agency that some Christians in Ma‘loula were crucified for refusing to convert to Islam or pay jizya” (tribute subjugated Christians are required to pay to their Islamic conquerors in order to exist as Christians, per Koran 9:29)." Ibrahim
"Jizya" is an ancient capitation tax levied on the unconverted since the time of the earlist Islamic conquests. Muslims do not pay taxes in Islamic sharia states. They are required to tithe (zakat) but not to pay taxes.
It is sadly ironic that American and French propaganda continues to portray the Syrian Arab Government as barbaric while it actually seeks to protect the Christian and other minorities in the country from fanatics like ISIS. pl