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ISIS Fatwa: OK to Harvest Organs from Living 'Apostates'

Smoke rises from Islamic State positions following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike as Iraqi Security forces advance their position in downtown Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. The advance of government forces in the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi is being hampered by suicide bombers, snipers and booby traps, Gen. Ismail al-Mahlawi, the head of Iraqi military operations in Anbar said. (AP Photo)

The new leader of the British Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, thinks it’s time we opened negotiations with Islamic State.

Would that be before or after they rip his heart out?


“The apostate’s life and organs don’t have to be respected and may be taken with impunity,” says the document, which is in the form of a fatwa, or religious ruling, from the Islamic State’s Research and Fatwa Committee.

“Organs that end the captive’s life if removed: The removal of that type is also not prohibited,” Fatwa Number 68 says, according to a U.S. government translation.

The document does not offer any proof that Islamic State actually engages in organ harvesting or organ trafficking. But it does provide religious sanction for doing so under the group’s harsh interpretation of Islam – which is rejected by most Muslims. Previously, Iraq has accused Islamic State of harvesting human organs and trafficking them for profit.

The document does not define “apostate,” though the Islamic State has killed or imprisoned non-Muslims, such as Christians, and Shiite Muslims, as well as Sunni Muslims who don’t follow its extremist views.

U.S. officials say the records that were seized have given the U.S. government a deep look into how Islamic State organizes, raises funds and codifies laws for its followers.

Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, told Reuters the documents should be examined by the U.N. Security Council as evidence that Islamic State could be trafficking in organs to raise cash.

The May raid in Syria, which resulted in the death of Islamic State top financial official Abu Sayyaf and the capture of his wife, netted seven terabytes of data in the form of computer hard drives, thumb drives, CDs, DVDs and papers, said Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, in an interview. Abu Sayyaf was a Tunisian militant whose real name was Fathi ben Awn ben Jildi Murad al-Tunisi.

U.S. officials have previously described the Abu Sayyaf raid and some of the documentation seized. But until now, none of the actual documents have been released – aside from materials illustrating Islamic State’s trafficking in antiquities, made public at an event at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in September.

It seems that Islamic State is set up to attract the most pathologically disturbed people on the planet. It’s not just a question of “radicalizing” naive western youth. There are a lot of radicals who would never cut off someone’s head or set someone on fire.

This fatwa is an invitation for the worst sociopaths to call ISIS home. It gives these terribly disturbed people an outlet for their most vile, bloody, and warped fantasies to come true. And the great part for them is that it’s all made legal — and even holy — by the equally warped imams who issue these rancid decrees.

It’s doubtful that ISIS has very many facilities that would be technologically advanced enough for organ transplants. This leads one to conclude that selling body parts is what this fatwa is for. It doesn’t take much medical training to dissect a human being — and bones, skin, blood, organs, and hair can all be sold on the black market for hundreds of thousands of dollars in total.

And Corbyn (and others) want to negotiate with these monsters?