Posts tagged ‘Tomb of Prophet Jonah’

23/08/2014

You had me at ‘pretty much anything’

I did comment on the Centre for Law and Religion Forum, in an attempt to end any confusion over a Washington Post article, but the misunderstanding spread to Think Progress and a lot of small community sites, and work distracted me before I could make a(n undoubtedly ineffectual) comment here. To save anyone reading the rest of this painful nitpicking, when the Washington Post asked me what the Islamic State might destroy next, it had me at ‘pretty much anything’.

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24/07/2014

Confirmed: the Shrine of Jonah/Mosque of Yunus (Nineveh, Mosul, Iraq) has been destroyed

The photographs are new, from different angles, from different moments in the process, from different people of different politics; their details match up with the details on other photos and satellite images. Christopher Jones (@cwjones89) and I agree: it’s gone; the Islamic State has blown up the Shrine of Jonah/Mosque of Yunus.

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16/07/2014

video of “destruction of Tomb of Prophet Jonah” is from at least ten months ago [accurate but out-of-date]

[Update (25th July 2014): on the 24th of July, the Islamic State destroyed the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah – indeed, the entire Mosque of the Prophet Yunus. This blog post accurately debunks a piece of propaganda that claimed its destruction before.]

People with contacts in Mosul continue to report that the Tomb of Prophet Jonah has been destroyed, so there is cause for pessimism (though at least some people in Mosul say that it has not). Nonetheless, the video has absolutely nothing to do with any possible destruction in Mosul. Still, despite evidence (which Christopher Jones @cwjones89, Chuck Jones @AWOL_tweets and I @conflictantiq pieced together publicly, and which Christopher also blogged), despite proof and more proof (via @truthsMaster), and despite explanations of the harm of spreading false evidence (especially false evidence of real events), the video will not die. Yet not only is the video propaganda, it is recycled propaganda.

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13/07/2014

video of “destruction of Tomb of Prophet Jonah” may be from Syria, is from at least six months ago [accurate but out-of-date]

[Update (25th July 2014): on the 24th of July, the Islamic State destroyed the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah – indeed, the entire Mosque of the Prophet Yunus. This blog post accurately debunks a piece of propaganda that claimed its destruction before.]

Regarding the alleged destruction of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah, in the past week or so, I’ve documented the contradictory unevidenced claims of the past month (which, sadly, persist), good evidence that alleged video evidence was false, conclusive proof that the alleged evidence was false, and the spread and danger of the false evidence. Now, Abdul Malek (@truthsMaster) has provided evidence that the video is at least six months old, and may have been filmed in Raqqa, Syria. [Update (16th July 2014): it is at least ten months old, and may have been filmed in Tadouf, Syria.]

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12/07/2014

the Tomb of Jonah may have been destroyed, but it was not destroyed in this video: a retraction and correction are in order [accurate but out-of-date]

[Update (25th July 2014): on the 24th of July, the Islamic State destroyed the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah – indeed, the entire Mosque of the Prophet Yunus. This blog post accurately debunks a piece of propaganda that claimed its destruction before.]

For a time, the destruction of the Tomb of Jonah was the most popular story on one of the most popular news websites in the world – yet it was demonstrably false. Such false reports can expose people to risk or directly trigger harm. The Iraqi News, the Daily Mail and others need to retract and correct their stories immediately.

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11/07/2014

Proof: video does not show Islamic State destruction of the Tomb of Prophet Jonah [accurate but out-of-date]

[Update (25th July 2014): on the 24th of July, the Islamic State destroyed the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah – indeed, the entire Mosque of the Prophet Yunus. This blog post accurately debunks a piece of propaganda that claimed its destruction before.]

I’ve tracked down the original source of the one of the photographs of Graves of Prophets. Soldiers from the 2nd Military Transition Team of the U.S. Army and the 2nd Division of the Iraqi Army visited the Tomb of Jonah in Mosul, Iraq, ‘to replace the long lost whale tooth [replica]’ on the 30th of November 2008. Their photo conclusively proves that the video does not show Islamic State destruction of the Tomb of Prophet Jonah. The Daily Mail and other media need to correct their stories immediately.

An Iraqi child peers into the tomb of the Prophet Jonah during a visit to the Shrine of Jonah in Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 30.  Photographer: Staff Sgt. JoAnn Makinano, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq.

An Iraqi child peers into the tomb of the Prophet Jonah during a visit to the Shrine of Jonah in Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 30. Photographer: Staff Sgt. JoAnn Makinano, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq.

10/07/2014

there is no evidence that the Tomb of Prophet Jonah has been destroyed [accurate but out-of-date]

[Update (25th July 2014): on the 24th of July, the Islamic State destroyed the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah – indeed, the entire Mosque of the Prophet Yunus. This blog post accurately debunks a piece of propaganda that claimed its destruction before.]

There are spreading reports that the Islamic State (1) has destroyed Prophet Jonah’s tomb in Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq). But the site in the video is not Prophet Jonah’s tomb, and may not even be in Iraq.

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05/07/2014

the least out-of-date news on looting and destruction in Iraq

Limits on communication, limits on information and sheer lack of physical security severely limit our knowledge of the situation in Iraq. But in light of the threat to the safety of all civilians and the existence of minority communities, it is worth trying to establish some facts concerning looting and destruction in the conflict. Until recently, violent cultural destruction had been limited; but that had been a strategic self-limitation, rather than a moral decision or a physical incapacity, and the Islamic State has definitely initiated aggressive and provocative violence (in which Christopher Jones (@cwjones89) has done sterling work in identifying and describing the targets).

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