Syrian Rebels Live Tweet Islamic Court Chopping Off Man’s Hand

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.


It’s modern technology meets medieval dogma. As in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Muslim world, modern technology is a means to a medieval end. (via Religion of Peace)

A group of Syrian Islamist militants posted a series of photographs of a man having his hand cut off in a live-update on Twitter.

The live-feed of the amputation, which was carried out in the northern town of Maskanah, near Aleppo, was re-tweeted by several Jihadi social media channels.

One photo showed a blindfolded man with his hand being held down on a table while surrounded by a large group of militant rebels.

A man dressed in a traditional white robe stands in front of the table, and on the right side is a man in a black balaclava holding a large sword.

A later photo showed the man with his hand severed, the limb resting on the bloodied table.

The punishment was inflicted by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a pro-Al Qaeda Jihadist group that many fear is taking an iron grip over parts of Syria.

Waging war on Christianity, ISIS demanded any non-Muslims to pay a levy in gold of 14g and curb displays of their faith or face death – although less than one per cent of Raqqa’s 300,000 inhabitants are Christian.

In a statement, the group claimed to have met Christian leaders and offered them three choices: convert to Islam, accept the conditions, or face death.

It stated: ‘If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword.’

Many Christians fled after ISIS started attacking and burning churches. Punishments will also be issued to those who renovate churches, display crosses or other religious symbols, ring church bells or pray in public.

This is your hand. This is your hand under Islamic law.

  • Name

    It’s just workplace violence, people.

  • Veracious_one

    In a statement, the group claimed to have met Christian leaders and offered them three choices: convert to Islam, accept the conditions, or face death.

    this is straight from the Islamic religion….

    Muslim (19:4294) – “When the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him… He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war… When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them… If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.”

    • CaoMoo

      And I believe the forbidding of crosses church renovation etc is the pact of Omar also from the islamic textbooks.