After weeks of shocking publicity about the life women have to lead in the so-called Islamic State ‘caliphate’, including covering themselves from head to toe, being property of the jihadi fighters they are married to and having virtually no rights, Islamic State appears to be trying a new strategy to lure women.
According to CNN, the terror group wants to convince would be female jihadis that life under a fundamentalist Sunni movement wouldn’t be so different from the luxuries they are used to in the West by taking to social media to discuss kittens and nutella.
The Islamic State, which has now established a foothold in Libya leading to serious concerns that terrorists may now travel easily into Italy and up throughout the Schengen area of Europe, has banned music, art and sport. A smoker was also found decapitated, a note attacked to the nearby corpse saying, “This is not permissible, Sheikh,” in Arabic. The reason? ‘Slow suicide’ according to the interpretation of Sharia law which governs the areas IS now run.
But the American media outlet says the terror group, which needs women to defect in order to keep the male jihadi fighters happy and bear the next generation of fanatics, wants to hide that side of life and instead promote “female friendly” policies.
“Isis is talking online about jars of Nutella, pictures of kitten and emojis,” said presenter Carol Costello.
“These three images are in part helping Isis recruit more westerners into the fight because they want people to believe their life on the battlefield isn’t so different from yours.
“They actually eat Nutella and I guess they have pet kittens.”
Interviewee Nimmi Gowrinthan, a visiting professor at City College New York, was keen to say that female recruits ‘were not fighting for women’s rights….it is a political fight that goes a bit deeper than social media and that is what women are attracted to, for a number of reasons.’
Residents in the occupied areas live in fear of groups of women who police the streets, reporting those they feel are not dressing or acting appropriately. Some are even responsible for the prisons where sex slaves are kept and permit pre pubescent girls to be sold to men for violation.