As people around the world react with shock to the horrific ISIS video of the burning of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the Islamic State had a viewing party for their supporters who watched the barbaric murder on giant screens and erupted in cheer.
A video exclusively obtained by LisaDaftari.com, entitled ‘The Muslims’ delight at the burning of the Jordanian pilot,’ depicts ISIS supporters gathering in Raqqa, Syria, the headquarters of the jihadi group, cheering and chanting ‘Allah hu akbar!’ (Allah is great!) as they watched al-Kasasbeh consumed by flames.
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“I would have burned him with my own hands,” the young boy tells the interviewer.
There has been debate on whether media outlets should show ISIS videos, as one argument is to raise awareness among viewers, while the opposing view is that by showing these videos, media platforms assist terror groups in spreading their propaganda.
After the video of ISIS burning the Jordanian pilot was released Monday, many media outlets decided not to show the video and some only flashed still photographs. Fox News shared stills of the video on air, as Bret Baier, who introduced the film, gave ample warning about its content and advised viewers to have children to leave the room.
Fox News made the decision to upload the video in its entirety to the foxnews.com site, allowing viewers the option to watch, which raised some criticism.
Fox News executive vice president John Moody said the following to The Huffington Post about the decision to post the video:
“After careful consideration, we decided that giving readers of FoxNews.com the option to see for themselves the barbarity of ISIS outweighed legitimate concerns about the graphic nature of the video. Online users can choose to view or not view this disturbing content.”
News of this ISIS ‘screening party’ is yet another reminder of the group’s real propaganda machine. Even if Western media outlets decide not to show these videos, the jihadis will continue to do so, training the next generation of ISIS terrorists.