Kedir Jewar, Mayor of Dira Dawa, an Islamic strong supporter of Abiy Ahmed has said on the Ethiopian Television network Tigrayans “are worse than the devil himself & they should be exterminated, erased from the face of the earth”. This type of language goes against the well accepted norms of what is morally acceptable in war for Islam.
The Qu’ran has specific rules for a just war that are very similar to the Christian theory of just war first published by the African Bishop Augustine of Hippo in the 6th century. Included is that women and children must be protected, the offer of negotiation must be honored, and that once offensive behavior ceases so must attacks on the enemy. Genocide, starvation, violation of women, and wanton destruction are expressly forbidden.
Abu Bakr, General to the Prophet Mohammed and 1st Caliph noted these Ten Rules for the Muslim Army
“O people! I charge you with ten rules; learn them well! Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance in the battlefield. Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path. You must not mutilate dead bodies. Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man. Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food. You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.”
Like his Christian counterparts such as the so-called Deacon Kibret and the “Prophetess” Birtukan who have publicly called for the complete annihilation of the Tigray ethnic group without mercy now Mayor Jewar is added to the list of blasphemers to their faith who have replaced their worship of God for the idolatry of Abiy Ahmed.