ISIS fighter Ali Saqr recently publicly executed 35-year-old Lena al-Qasem outside the Raqqa post office where she used to work. You might be wondering, what makes this execution any different from the many that ISIS carries out on a daily basis?
Lena al-Qasem’s executioner was her son.
Al-Qasem’s crime, according to ISIS, was apostasy. That is when someone attempts to leave Islam, or in this case, the Islamic State. The only evidence in the case against her came — again — from her son, Ali Saqr.
According to TruthRevolt,
CNN reported that ISIS had accused her of apostasy after her son turned her in. She allegedly had been “inciting her son to leave the Islamic State.” She wanted to escape with him and told him “that the coalition will kill all members of the organization.”
“His mother spoke with him and asked him to leave ISIS and leave Raqqa to go to a different area of Syria and Turkey,” said Rami Abdulrahman of the Observatory. “After that he told ISIS and, one, two, three, they arrest his mother.”
Golda Meir once said famously that “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” And when their children love their mothers more than they hate us, one could add. Or perhaps when they learn to love anything but death.
So, for all those mothers out there whose children have occasionally forgotten a birthday or a mother’s day, remember, it could be worse.