Tuesday, January 22, 2019

As Expected, Israeli’s Murder Misappropriated for Political Ends - by Simon Plosker

Yes, Maasarwe should be humanized and if the family wish to identify as Palestinian above all else, that is their right. But Khalik and The Guardian should not be politicizing the death of young woman in pursuit of their own anti-Israel agendas. That Israel has treated Aiia Maasarwe as an Israeli is exactly what scares the likes of Khalik because it proves the opposite of their anti-Israel narrative.

Simon Plosker..
Honest Reporting..
21 January '19..

The appalling rape and murder of Israeli Arab student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne last week has made news in both Australian and Israeli media.

Maasarwe was an Israeli citizen, lived in the town of Baqa al-Gharbiya in northern Israel and was in Australia on an Israeli passport.

It’s no secret that Israel’s Arab citizens self-identify in different ways. Some have no problem with their Israeli identities. Others see themselves as Palestinian above all else despite their citizenship. That’s their prerogative and, irrespective of how they relate to the Israeli state, Israel will still treat them as citizens deserving of the same legal rights afforded to all Israelis.

But this is anathema to Israel haters whose narrative falsely portrays Israel as an apartheid state. Just imagine if Israel had washed its hands of any responsibility for this poor young woman simply because she was an Arab. The world would, quite rightly, be hauling Israel over the coals for an act of blatant discrimination. But Israel’s embassy in Australia has taken responsibility for repatriating Maasarwe’s body and the embassy’s spokesperson, herself a member of Israel’s Druze minority, issued this press release:

But in a case of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t, The Guardian has published an opinion piece politicizing Maasarwe’s death on the basis of her ethnicity.

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