The Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah now have another fellow member in the mental abuse of children league.
CHILDREN USED AS PROPS IN JIHAD
The offensive by the jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq has featured not only the murderous brutality expected in a war to impose fundamentalist Sharia law, but a shockingly rich library of Internet memes, propaganda posters, and on-the-ground journalism meant to persuade Muslims to join ISIS. One particularly alarming trend among self-proclaimed members and supporters of ISIS online is the repeated use of images of young children to promote the cause.
The diversity of such online endeavors is bewildering and has posed a significant problem for social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, which have struggled to ban the most violent and harrowing images surfacing from the groups’ two warfronts in Iraq and Syria. There are many variations to ISIS’ online promotional material–from the celebratory photos of severed heads and burning cartons of cigarettes for being un-Islamic to Western-style memes using American coffins.
Possibly fearing termination of their Twitter accounts, many ISIS supporters have begun posting their propaganda using the term “Dawlah” for ISIS–the Arabic word for “state.” The “Dawlah” hashtag on Twitter reveals a number of disturbing images of young children wielding automatic weapons and participating in ISIS rallies, used in an attempt to sell the image that ISIS is popular with children.