Arab Muslims Neighbors Joined in Murder of Yazidis

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


The media would like to paint ISIS as some sort of wacky extreme group which represents a tiny minority. If that were true, it wouldn’t be taking over Iraq and Syria.

ISIS and its cruelty and atrocities represents the will and faith of millions of Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Syria. To deny that is to deny reality.

Jamal Jamir, a 23-year-old university student from Sinjar, told CNN his family fled to the barren and windswept Mount Sinjar more than a week ago after ISIS captured their town. The group, which calls itself the Islamic State, has been on a rampage, killing members of various minorities, including Yazidis.

Jamir said after ISIS arrived in his town, Arab neighbors of his turned on the minorities and helped ISIS kill. “They join them, and actually they kill us.”

“People you know?” CNN asked.

“Yes,” he responded. “People — our neighbors!”

Jamir’s family was among tens of thousands who flocked to the mountain and desperately waited for airdrops of food and water.

Back in the 90s, Daniel Goldhagen wrote, “Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust”. The title sums up the thesis.

Allah’s willing executioners encompass much of the societies controlled by Islamic terrorist groups. There is at the very least a significant overlap of agendas.

It’s not just the foreign Muslims, the bearded converts, it’s also ordinary Iraqi Sunni Muslims killing those of their neighbors who are different.

That is what we need to understand about this conflict.

It’s not just the Jihadi from a training camp in Libya. It’s also the Arab Sunni family next door. Not just to the Yazidis, but also to us. Terrorism doesn’t emerge from a vacuum or radicalization or American foreign policy.

It comes out of the religious belief that the lives of non-Muslims and the wrong kinds of Muslims are worthless. That they exist only to be dominated or killed.

  • uleaveuswithnoalternative

    This comes as no surprise. I have to laugh when the United States talks about its Arab allies like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, etc.
    These people will NEVER be our allies. As long as the US sends aid, military know how, technology and oil money, AND the US remains a super power, these Islamic nations will be our “friends.”
    Once the US loses its position as a super power and the aid dries up, our Islamic buddies will have no problem taking down our nation.
    Fifteen out of the 19 men who flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania, were from Saudi Arabia.
    Ordinary Germans turned against their Jewish friends and neighbors.
    What makes us think that the Islamists we regard as allies, won’t turn against us?
    I have news for our government, they already have.

  • Gee

    Just like what the Christian Arabs did to the Jews when the Arab world ethnically cleansed their regimes. They too joined and led the pogroms to drive the Jews from their homes.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Did this happen in the Farhud or Jerusalem pogroms? Christians don’t have any power in islamic states — by design.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    That raises several important questions. (1) What is the role of tribal dynamics? Are certain families/tribes in seeking power, turning on their neighbors? Are they proving their bona fides by killing their neighbors? (2) Are the victims innocent or would they partake in the slaughter if they were “chosen” by the jihadi as leaders of their village? (3) Or is this just devout joining the jihad while purging nominal secular Muslims and non-Muslims?

    I don’t know the answer to those questions. I’d like to know more about cultural dynamics in that part of the world.

    • Johnnnyboy

      Because of the way Islam treats women and sexual relationships, most people marry within their own family group, often to biologically close cousins. Not a bad habit when it comes to maintaining clan loyalty, but not so good for those who favor integration with other groups. And not so good for those who favor loyalties to larger and remote organizations, such as nation states.

      Add to that the limited ability females have to get to know anybody outside of the group favored by their father, plus the tendency to view women as to some extent as a gift to their male sexual partner that was given by their previous male defender, and the makings of a closed society are in place even if there is some association with other groups.

  • Hank Rearden

    This article is really unclear. Are these “Arab neighbors” moderates? That is the real question. If they are moderates, no problemo!

    • gross profit

      “There Is No Moderate Islam; Islam Is Islam.” Erdogan.