Muslim jihadists claim to have destroyed the tomb of the Old Testament prophet Jonah in Nineveh as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria destroys ancient shrines and anything else that offends them.
And jihadists Muslims are easily offended.
According to Christian Headlines, ISIS even intends to march on
Mecca to destroy Islam's most sacred shrine. Mecca is home to
the Al-Masjid al-Haram mosque, which contains a cube called the
Kaaba that Muslims claim contains a cornerstone laid by
Muhammad, their prophet.
ISIS intends to destroy the cube because it has become an idol, but for now, ISIS is content to distribute a video of a hooded figure swinging a sledgehammer onto a row of concrete tombs.
However, the video looks nothing like the interior of the Tomb of Jonah, according to Columbia University historian Christopher Jones. So the video is either fake, or shows ISIS destroying something else.
Regardless of what ISIS claims to have destroyed, Judit Neurink of Deutsche Welle said ISIS' motives are more than religious: before it desecrates and destroys mosques and memorials, it first loots them, making millions from the antiquities it has stolen.