A graphic new video has allegedly been released by Islamic State (IS) where a captured Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldier from Jazal Homs is crushed using a tank. IS give a quote from Quran in the 2 min 34 second video, “And If You Punish [An Enemy, Oh Believers], Punish With An Equivalent Of That With Which You Were Harmed.”
The soldier said to be loyal to President Bashar al -Assad is seen speaking followed by a man dressed in white, face covered who delivers a short speech with the captive kneeling in a Guantanamo style orange jumpsuit. The soldier is seen walking barefoot as the camera cuts to an approaching tank. He is then seen with hands behind his back and possibly feet shackled as he makes small jumps towards the tank and stares at the men stood by the tank perhaps in a last act of defiance. The tanks rolls over his body with graphic shots of the aftermath.
WARNING GRAPHIC… (stills from the video which is not shown)
Islamic State operates a “like for like” policy. Syrian tanks have allegedly crushed dissident fighters as reported by Naharnet in June 2012
“Video Shows Syrian Tank Crushing Body of Dissident”
Syrian tank allegedly running over dissident (Image Naharnet)
In recent days IS also released a series of videos aimed at Israel indicating the state will also be a future target. The killing of the soldier was also eerily reminiscent of the killing of pro-Palestinian US peace activist Rachel Corrie who was run over by a bulldozer as she protested the demolition of a Palestinian home. As Electronic Intifada reported on 16th March 2003,
“Rachel Corey [sic], 23 years old from the state of Washington, was killed while she was trying to prevent Israeli army bulldozers from destroying a Palestinian home. Other foreigners who were with her said the driver of the bulldozer was aware that Rachel was there, and continued to destroy the house. Initially he dropped sand and other heavy debris on her, then the bulldozer pushed her to the ground where it proceeded to drive over her, fracturing both of her arms, legs and skull. She was transferred to hospital, where she later died. Another foreigner was also injured in the attack and has been hospitalized – at this stage his nationality is unknown.” (15 March 2003)
See following link,
“Photostory: Israeli bulldozer driver murders American peace activist”
There have also been numerous accounts of Jewish settlers running over Palestinians with their vehicles, here is just one from Middle East Monitor,
“Jewish settler runs over 2 Palestinian children in West Bank killing”
Perhaps IS is “killing 2 birds with one stone” a slingshot message firing at both Syria and Israel in their latest video offering?
Inas Shawkat Khalil died after being run over by a Jewish settler (Image via Middle East Monitor and Al-Quds)
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.