This is interesting: in this, the Islamic State and the United States aren’t all that different. People aren’t allowed to attend counter-jihadist rallies in the U.S., either. Those who do won’t be publicly executed and crucified (yet), but they will be excoriated as “bigots” and “Islamophobes,” and the Center for American Progress and the Southern Poverty Law Center will issue reports about just how evil counter-jihadists really are. Maybe the CAP and the SPLC, and the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and Aslan Media, and Hamas-linked CAIR and get together and send a team to the Islamic State to help them curb this outbreak of “Islamophobia.”
“IS executes Syrian youth after anti-jihadist protest, says watcher,” AFP, September 5, 2014 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Islamic State fighters executed a youth in a Syrian town today, after hundreds of residents demanded they leave following regime air strikes that targeted the jihadists but killed eight civilians, a monitor said.
Residents of Ashara, in the mostly IS-controlled eastern province of Deir Ezzor, protested in front of an IS headquarters Thursday evening, hours after regime air strikes killed the two children, five women and a man, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said.
In response, IS gunmen opened fire and seized several young men, the Observatory and an activist said.
The air strikes were part of a stepped-up campaign launched in recent weeks by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against IS-held towns and villages in eastern and northern Syria.
But activists have frequently condemned the attacks for killing not only jihadists, but also many civilians.
“Thursday evening’s protest began as a funeral for the victims, attended by nearly 300 people,” said Rayan al-Furati, an activist from Deir Ezzor.
“Then the mourners began to protest, demanding that the IS leave the town of Ashara,” Furati told AFP via the Internet.
The Observatory said that, on Friday, the IS publicly executed and crucified a young man identified as Ali Khalaf, accusing him of “heresy and apostasy.”
“Though he had nothing to do with yesterday’s protests, they executed him publicly in Ashara in order to terrorise people into not taking any kind of action against the IS,” Abdel Rahman said….