The takeover of land by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in Syria and Iraq, which has led to some of the most horrific atrocities and human rights violations, remains virtually unnoticed by the world media and — even more worryingly — by the U.N.
Two young woman were reportedly brutally stoned to death in public squares in two different cities in Syria by Islamic State fighters on July 17 and July 18, yet it has taken nearly a month for The Associated Press, who are sourced in this article, to report the horrific stonings.
Faddah Ahmad was led to her death near the football stadium and Bajaa garden in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Dressed from head to toe in black and barely moving, she was placed in a hole in the ground while a Muslim cleric announced her sentence on a loudspeaker.
None of the locals stepped forward to pick up the rocks and stones that were delivered specially by truck to the site for the express purpose of killing poor Faddah in one of the most barbaric ways imaginable. Instead, Islamic State fighters were on hand, armed with large stones to kill her in front of the crowd.
An opposition activist who witnessed the stoning told the AP: “Even when she was hit with stones she did not scream or move.”
Just a day earlier, 26-year-old Shamseh Abdullah was killed by stoning in the nearby town of Tabqa by Islamic State fighters who seemed, in both cases, to be more than happy to carry out the brutal murders.
Sex outside marriage isn’t the only thing frowned upon by Islamic State. They recently tied a 14-year-old boy to a cross and left him for several hours in the sun as a punishment for not fasting during Ramadan.
The western media, for some inexplicable reason, seems to have been far too obsessed with Palestinians dying in Gaza as a result of Israel’s operation “Protective Edge,” intended to stop the barrage of rockets on Israel from Hamas, to even report on the atrocities taking place just up the road at the hands of the Islamic State.
Interestingly, Hamas, which is part of the Muslim Brotherhood, closely aligns itself with the Islamic State, both ideologically and in method.
For some reason, neither Hamas nor the Islamic State have received anywhere near the levels of condemnation Israel has been subjected to from media outlets during its current defensive operation in the Gaza strip. This is not to mention motion after motion of condemnation from the U.N.
The two stonings in Syria were first reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Bassam Al-Ahmad, a spokesman for the Violations Documentation Center, a Syrian group that tracks human rights violations, also confirmed the stonings, yet the international community has remained utterly silent.
No marches of protest in London, Paris, Sydney, or South Africa, like the recent spate of massive Anti-Israel rallies held in those places against Israel’s right to defend itself against the rockets and terror tunnels of Hamas. In fact, hardly a word; the silence is almost deafening.
Hopefully, the western media, and more importantly the U.N. and their various Human rights departments, will wake up to the numerous atrocities taking place in Syria and Iraq and put a plan in place to effectively deal with the modern form of extreme Islam, in all it’s bloody glory.