By Mindy Belz, World Magazine.
Someone should tell ISIS: The orange jumpsuits no longer draw the world’s attention as they did a year ago when American journalist James Foley became one of the terror group’s first victims to be executed on camera wearing one.
In early October, three men crouched in sand wearing the orange one-piece outfits—all Assyrian Christians from northeastern Syria. They were shown being shot in the head and killed in a video released by ISIS. Those living in the United States most likely didn’t see the one-minute video clip. A few Arabic-language media outlets carried reports of the latest filmed execution and some showed the video, but in the United States no news outlets televised it, and only a few reported it at all.
Yet the footage is the first from ISIS, or Islamic State, of Syrian Christians being executed. It also carried threats of further killings against hundreds of Assyrian Christians who have been held hostage for months, according to the Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights.
With the camera rolling and a brisk wind flapping their sleeves, the three men kneeling in the sand said they were “Nasrani,” a Muslim pejorative for Christians. They recited their names and hometowns: Ashur Abraha of Tel Tamar, Basam Essa Michael of Tel Shamiram, and Dr. Abdulmasih Enwiya of Jazira. Two gave their dates of birth. Three men wearing desert camouflage and black masks next stepped behind them, each raising a handgun to shoot each of the three Christians in the head. The victims’ bodies slumped forward, and seconds later three more men appeared kneeling behind the dead men, the executioners pointing guns at their heads also.
As with the first segment, each hostage recited his name and hometown, but one of them—in what looks like a scripted gesture—pointed to the bodies on the ground and said, “Our fate is the same as these if you do not take proper procedure for our release.” With that, the video ended.