New ISIS Video Shows Destruction Of Museum’s Ancient Relics Dating Back To 7th Century B.C. (VIDEO)

ISIS added new horror to the world community Thursday as a video surfaced of Islamic State militants smashing statues and other relics in an Iraqi museum dating as far back as the 7th century B.C.

The despicable act of ethnic cleansing of cultural relics occurred in the ISIS-captured city of Mosul’s central museum. ISIS took the city last June. Items destroyed stem largely from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires.

You can see the full video of ISIS’s destruction below this article.

The act has been condemned by the art world and international community.

Horrid as it is, violence against other people can be rationalized and understood, even if disagreed with, but the destruction of ancient artifacts, robbing the entire world of its irreplaceable art and history, is a crime that may even surpass the atrocious beheadings and burning of people alive ISIS has become increasingly known for as of late – not to diminish the despicable acts of violence or the loss of the victims’ lives at all (irreplaceable as well), but whereas the loss of those lives affects families, and to some extent entire countries and the world, human lives are temporary entities and these artifacts are, if cared for properly, infinite.

They are also sources for understanding our collective history in a way that individual lives are not. Surely all of it is heinous, wrong, and militant ethnic cleansing – baby steps toward genocide. It should be stamped out immediately by any and all means necessary, as destruction of history to erase an entire faith from world memory underlines that no means of diplomacy will remedy the situation.

One leader of a Christian militia known as the Syriac Military Council, Kino Gabriel, stated in an interview over the phone with The Guardian:

“The birthplace of human civilization… is being destroyed.”

Gabriel was speaking from Hassakeh, which is in north-east Syria. He continued:

“In front of something like this, we are speechless. Murder of people and destruction is not enough, so even our civilization and the culture of our people is being destroyed.”

Surely black folks and Native Americans, here in the states, can understand the jagged horror this latest destruction by ISIS illustrates.

The video lasts roughly five minutes and opens with a verse from the Quran that centers on idol worship.

The “press office of the province of Nineveh” released it. After the verse on idol worship, one ISIS member condemns Assyrians and Akkadians to the camera, calling them “polytheists,” allegedly justifying the acts about to take place by referencing Muhammad in Mecca and the prophet’s destruction of idols.

The ISIS member said:

“These statues and idols, these artifacts, if God has ordered its removal, they became worthless to us even if they are worth billions of dollars.”

Where one gets the gall to destroy religious relics that predate one’s own faith is hard to understand. How does a faith come along and designate itself as the “true” faith, thereby dismissing all that have come before it as false?

Imagine militant Scientologists destroying relics of every faith predating Scientology, or Mormons doing the same. It’s preposterous. Scientology, especially. People would, aside from their outrage, laugh in their face and tell them their faith is simply made up. But so have all the others, even if they are thousands of years old. At some point, they were simply made up, gradually, over time, which is fine. Like John Lennon sang, “Whatever gets you through the night, is all right,” so long as you don’t go about committing genocide, ethnic cleansing, beheading people and destroying ancient world history in the name of it.

But no, ISIS militants insist theirs is the only way, and hence, smash the Mosul museum’s collected artifacts, using hammers, chisels and sledgehammers, pushing entire statues from their mounts and beating the fragments into powder on the floor. Footage of a man in black drilling a winged bull at an archeological site nearby can also be seen. The winged bull is a protective Assyrian deity as old as the 7th century B.C.

Member of A Demand for Action and Assyrian writer, Mardean Issac, stated:

“When you watch the footage, you feel visceral pain and outrage, like you do when you see human beings hurt.”

A Demand for Action is a protective organization in Iraq and Syria advocating the rights of Assyrians and other minorities within the countries.

A caption that appears in the video states that the artifacts were displayed by “devil worshippers” and supposedly did not exist in the years of the prophet. “Devil worshippers” is often used by ISIS in reference to the minority Yazidis.

Archaeology professor Amir al-Jumaili confirmed for the Associated Press that the sites depicted in the video are indeed the central museum in Mosul, as well as Nirgal Gate, one of many Nineveh gates, which is the Assyrian empire’s capital.

Al-Jumaili stated:

“I’m totally shocked. It’s a catastrophe. With the destruction of these artifacts, we can no longer be proud of Mosul’s civilization.”

Gabriel said:

“We cannot expect anything else from Daesh.”

Daesh is a local, somewhat derogatory phrase used for ISIS.

Gabriel also said the entire world needs to act immediately in order to stop such actions, stating:

“The loss is the loss of the entire world.”

Isaac stated:

“While the Islamic State is ethnically cleansing the contemporary Assyrian populations of Iraq and Syria, they are also conducting a simultaneous war on their ancient history and the right of future generations of all ethnicities and religions to the material memory of their ancestors.”

Unesco Director General Irina Bokova said she was extremely shocked by the film and requested the UN security council president call an emergency meeting “on the protection of Iraq’s cultural heritage as an integral element for the country’s security.”

Where all this will lead is anyone’s guess, but the ethnic cleansing and the destruction of the world’s ancient history must be stopped at all costs.

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H/T: theguardian.com | Featured image: via theguardian.com screengrab