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‘She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice and peace’: American hostage killed in Syria remembered for work in Palestine

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Today it has been confirmed that Kayla Mueller, 26, was killed Friday by a Jordanian airstrike on ISIS positions in Syria. Mueller had been held by ISIS since August 2013 when she was kidnapped leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo. Originally from Prescott, Arizona, she was in the country working with Syrian refugees.

Her parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, issued a statement saying:

“We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life . . . Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need from freedom, justice and peace… Our hearts are breaking for our only daughter, but we will continue in peace, dignity and love for her.”

President Obama released a statement today saying, “Kayla represents what is best about America.”

Last Friday Democracy Now published a statement from her family that demonstrated her broad commitment to human rights issues around the world:

“Kayla has spent her adult life traveling the world and helping those in need. After graduating from college, she spent more than one year living and working with humanitarian aid groups in northern India, Israel and Palestine. She returned home to Arizona in 2011, and worked for one year at an HIV/AIDS clinic while volunteering at a women’s shelter at night. In December 2011, she traveled to France to be an au pair so she could learn French in preparation for work in Africa.

“War sidetracked Kayla’s Africa plans as she was drawn to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees. She moved to the Turkish/Syrian border in December 2012 and began working with the organizations Support to Life and the Danish Refugee Council to assist families who had been forced to flee their homes. Kayla found this work heartbreaking but compelling; she was extremely devoted to the people of Syria.”

Mueller’s work in Palestine had been with the International Solidarity Movement in the summer of 2010. The ISM published the following remembrance before Mueller’s death was confirmed:

Our hearts are with Kayla, her family, friends, and all those who have lost liberty, lives and loved ones in the global struggle for freedom and human rights.

With the ISM, Kayla worked with Palestinians nonviolently resisting the confiscation and demolitions of their homes and lands. In the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Occupied East Jerusalem, she stayed with the Al Kurd family to try and prevent the takeover of their home by Israeli settlers.

Kayla accompanied Palestinian children to school in the neighborhood of Tel Ruimeda in Al-Khalil (Hebron) where the children face frequent attacks by the Israeli settlers and military. She stayed with villagers in Izbat Al Tabib in a protest tent to try to prevent the demolition of homes in the village. She joined weekly Friday protests in Palestinian villages against the confiscation of their lands due to Israel’s illegal annexation wall and settlements.

Kayla sitting in a protest tent in Sheikh Jarrah. (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)

Kayla sitting in a protest tent in Sheikh Jarrah. (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)

The ISM also republished some of Mueller’s writings from while she was with the group, including this following her time in Palestine:

This land that is beautiful as the poetry of the mystics. This land with the people who’s hearts are more expansive than any wall that any man could ever build. Yes, the wall will fall. The nature of impermanence is our greatest ally and soon the rules will change, the tide will turn and just as the moon waxes and wanes over this land so too the cycles of life here will continue. One day the cycle will once again return to freedom.

Update: Today a new site titled For Kayla went online. It includes a section on her activism for Palestine.

Adam Horowitz

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  1. eljay on February 10, 2015, 11:57 am

    President Obama released a statement today saying, “Kayla represents what is best about America.”

    Yes, Barry O., she did. It’s too bad that you and the people around you haven’t got the decency to follow in her footsteps.

  2. jenin on February 10, 2015, 12:22 pm

    This is so sad. my heart breaks for her and her family.

    I find it “interesting” that the NYT article about Ms. Mueller did not mention any of her work for Palestinian rights, which was extensive. I suspect that is because, since she was obviously a heroic figure, this might prompt people to realize that those who care about Palestinian’s human rights are on the right side of history.

    • Ellen on February 10, 2015, 2:55 pm

      Indeed, and her short life had purpose and direction. Her capture and death is being used to feed a the current push against Deasch, or ISIS.

      To mention her humanitarian work to also support Palestinians would distract from her usefulness in the above.

      It is also a tragedy that her death will also be used in a manner she would not want.

      Maybe in time her parents will speak up on all her work and purpose. But for now, thoughts with their great loss.

      • jenin on February 10, 2015, 4:24 pm

        Agreed, Ellen. you put it better than I did.

    • marc b. on February 11, 2015, 8:22 am

      this is how the USA Today timeline of her life summarizes her work in Israel/Palestine”

      2010-2011: Works in India for five months and Tel Aviv, Israel, volunteering at the African Refugee Development Center.

      • just on February 11, 2015, 8:44 am

        CSM writes:

        “Ms. Mueller graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009, and devoted her life to humanitarian efforts around the world. From 2009 to 2011, she worked with humanitarian aid groups in northern India, the Palestinian territories, and Israel. In 2012, she was drawn to the plight of Syrian refugees on the Turkish/Syrian border to work with Support to Life, the Danish Refugee Council and other organizations that assisted refugees who were forced to flee their homeland”

        http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/0210/Who-was-Kayla-Mueller-and-what-was-she-doing-in-Syria

        One is left to wonder how this young humanitarian was allowed to travel between Isr and the OPT…..

    • on February 11, 2015, 2:37 pm

      Nor did NPR this morning mention Mueller’s work for Palestinians. I guess too much time was taken telling us all how good NPR is.

  3. Walid on February 10, 2015, 12:32 pm

    It’s very sad what happened to Kayla but I can’t help imagining what this girl must have been going through during her long captivity and now her suffering must be over. May she rest in peace.

    • bintbiba on February 10, 2015, 1:24 pm

      I had similar thoughts, Walid ! She was a hero for humanity during her too short life , and we shall remember her beautiful person.
      My heart aches for her family and friends.

      • seafoid on February 10, 2015, 11:22 pm

        She reminds me of Rachel Corrie who was murdered by the other religious junta in the region. The jewish caliphate. Daesh say Kayla was killed in an air strike just like the israelis say they didn’t kill Corrie. Daesh is another ultra violent joke just like Zionism.

      • ziusudra on February 11, 2015, 3:17 am

        Greetings,
        Show empathy for a death. She exists because she has a name & is brought singularly to our attention.
        Empathy for all who were harmed since the meddling in Falesteena since the get go.
        Now we concentrate our sorrowers for the pro west Ukranians who are being harmed due to the coup de gras of the west in ousting a democratically elected president . Whatever the west dreams up, the Ukrainian people lose just like the People in No. Africa,,ME, Levant & Afganistan. The US will go on spreading freedom & democracy & we’ll go along.
        ziusudra
        PS I remember the little child being constanly separated from its mother by the nazi soldier.
        I remember the little boy huddling behind his in Falesteena.
        I remember this young lady too. Why did she have to be so beautiful?

    • just on February 10, 2015, 1:36 pm

      An excerpt from The Guardian article:

      “Mueller was seized by Isis fighters in August 2013, as she left a hospital run by the Spanish branch of Médecins Sans Frontières in Aleppo.

      In her letter, which her family said was written in the spring of 2014, Mueller says she had been “treated with the utmost respect + kindness”, adding that she was being kept in a safe location, “completely unharmed + healthy”.

      The letter was brought to Mueller’s family at her request by her cell mates, who she says had been released “starting from 11/2/2014”.

      In the letter, Mueller asks that her parents not take on the “burden” of negotiating for her release.

      “I DO NOT want the negotiations for my release to be your duty, if there is any other option take it, even if it takes more time. This should never have become your burden. I have asked these women to support you; please seek their advice.”

      Of her family, she states that the only suffering she has endured throughout her time in captivity, is “knowing how much suffering I have put you all through forgive me as I do not deserve forgiveness”.”

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/10/family-kayla-mueller-confirms-aid-worker-killed

      RIP gentle lady. Condolences to your family, your many, many friends, colleagues, and admirers and followers all over the planet.

      I can’t help it~ I keep thinking of US responsibility in the mess over there, the creation of ‘groups’ to destabilize those that we don’t ‘like’, and the similar horrible and deadly consequences for ISM activists and others trying to help the Palestinians.

      • Rusty Pipes on February 10, 2015, 8:53 pm

        ISIL not only attacks Israeli enemies like Syria and Hezbollah, it kills off an ISM volunteer. Israel has been so helpful to Al Nusrah Front, by treating its wounded and attacking Syrian Arab Army troops in the demilitarized Golan, that Syria’s UN ambassador has called the IDF, Al Nusra’s Air Force.

  4. Philip Munger on February 10, 2015, 1:49 pm

    NPR kept Ms. Mueller’s death in their 2X an hour news updates all morning here. Not one mention of:

    A Syrian airstrike
    Her work for ISM
    Palestinian refugees

    • just on February 10, 2015, 1:55 pm

      Yep.

      It doesn’t fit their agenda.

      “President Obama, in a statement, said Mueller “represents what is best about America, and expressed her deep pride in the freedoms that we Americans enjoy, and that so many others strive for around the world.”

      He added: “No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death.””

      “In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “ISIL, and ISIL alone, is the reason Kayla is gone.””

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/10/385182490/u-s-hostage-kayla-mueller-confirmed-dead

      (this updated article does mention the airstrike)

      ahem.

      Does anyone recall the administration blaming Israel for Rachel’s death???

      • turveyd on February 10, 2015, 2:18 pm

        I wanted to hear somebody remember Rachel. I wish President Obama might take advantage of this tragic event (words! ‘tragic event’! How can we imagine the sorrow of the parents of Rachel and of this noble young woman, when we can hardly bear it) to re-open the Rachel Corrie murder.

      • seafoid on February 10, 2015, 11:25 pm

        “What is best about America-” – I thought that was financial engineering.

      • The Dirty Democrat on February 12, 2015, 10:42 am

        GWB was POTUS then, right? Georgie and his cabal didn’t give a shit and still don’t. In the words of douche bag Cheney “They volunteered.”

    • Walid on February 10, 2015, 2:03 pm

      I can’t find anything or any statement issued by Jordan on what they have done.

      • just on February 10, 2015, 2:18 pm

        Neither can I!

      • Kay24 on February 10, 2015, 9:00 pm

        From what I heard they had denied it at the beginning, but there is an investigation into her death going.

      • marc b. on February 10, 2015, 9:08 pm

        I heard some Government PR hack on npr earlier tonight saying something to the effect that ‘no matter how she died ISIL is ultimately responsible.’ So, Jordanian bombs it is.

        I have to wonder given how frequently that intelligence infiltrates the media, NGOs, etc. that ISIL and others like it now just assume anyone in country is reporting to uncle, leaving the sincere like Kayla hanging out to dry.

      • smithgp on February 10, 2015, 11:30 pm

        Actually, does it matter if ISIL or Jordan killed Kayla Mueller? I think we have to agree that ISIL are responsible in either case, since they were imprisoning her against her will. And there’s no allegation that even if she was killed by a Jordanian airstrike that Jordan specifically intended to kill her. Even if we oppose the coalition’s military intervention in Syria, I don’t think we can lay the blame for this particular death at its door.

      • marc b. on February 11, 2015, 8:40 am

        also, see this re: hostage trading:

        But as alliances in Iraq and Syria are formed and broken, which groups are willing to trade hostages to whom can change drastically. ISIS and the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra (the Nusra Front), dissolved any association in February 2014, which likely ended any potential for prisoner trading. “But evidence suggests there was some transference of hostages prior to the split between al-Nusra and ISIS,” says Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, of the generally hawkish Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. And recent reports show the two groups may have begun cooperating again, following the U.S. bombing of Nusra militants.

        Complicating matters further, says HRW’s Bouckaert, is that “there have been incidents of hostages being traded up or bought by other groups‎, including Jabhat al-Nusra.” If that account is accurate, it suggests that Al Qaeda’s representative in Syria is following in the footsteps of AQAP and other branches of the organization.

        Kayla was kidnapped in Aleppo in August 2013. that area was not under ISIS/ISIL control. so it is possible that one of the ‘good’ rebel groups, like those seen posing with John McCain, could have had initial responsibility for her kidnapping.

      • marc b. on February 11, 2015, 10:38 am

        Actually, does it matter if ISIL or Jordan killed Kayla Mueller?

        Well of course it matters. It matters that the press accurately report what occurred, and not ignore those facts because they muddy the propaganda waters. I presume that her family would want to know the truth of the circumstances of her death. It matters from a political/military/intelligence standpoint how her death occurred.

      • Kris on February 11, 2015, 11:47 am

        @GeorgeSmith: “And there’s no allegation that even if she was killed by a Jordanian airstrike that Jordan specifically intended to kill her. ”

        Whether or not Jordan “specifically intended” to kill Kayla or not doesn’t matter, any more than whether or not Israel “specifically intended” to kill 500 children in Gaza matters. What matters is that they were killed. The responsibility is with the killers.

        Jordan’s airstrikes were “specifically intended” to kill people (too bad about the non-intended victims), in revenge for the ISIS killing of the Jordanian pilot. The pilot was burned to death in revenge for killing people by dropping bombs on them. . He had dropped the bombs (too bad about the non-intended victims) in order to kill ISIS fighters who had killed other people.

        Killing, whether by states like Israel and the U.S., or by non-states like ISIS, can’t be excused by whether or not the victims were “specifically targeted.”

      • Walid on February 11, 2015, 1:05 pm

        “The pilot was burned to death in revenge for killing people by dropping bombs on them.” (kris)

        On McClatchy, in the final video by the Jordanian pilot, he explained that the laser-guided GBU bombs were dropped by a couple of Morrocan advanced F16. The Jordanian and Emirati and a Moroccan regular F16s and a Saudi F15 did the sweep to clear the area before the GBU bombing and after the Moroccan bombing, the Saudi and Emirati planes would do the clean up.

        Contradicting the US account, the Jordanian pilot said he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, but his statement could have been forced on him by his captors..

        http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/02/05/255713/in-final-video-jordanian-pilot.html

        As a point of interest taken from elsewhere from last September, the parents of the lady F16 pilot, Mariam al-Mansourt, disowned her for flying bombing missions against ISIS in Syria. Seems the parents believe ISIS are heroes.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2771731/Family-UAE-s-female-fighter-pilot-spearheaded-attacks-against-ISIS-publicly-disown-taking-brutal-international-aggression-against-Syria.html

  5. a blah chick on February 10, 2015, 2:41 pm

    How is her death any different than the ten of thousands killed and injured in the drone wars?

    • just on February 10, 2015, 7:41 pm

      we could go even further than that about all the innocents killed by our wars and support for others killing innocents, abc… but, to your point and published today in The Guardian:

      “A 13-year-old boy killed in Yemen last month by a CIA drone strike had told the Guardian just months earlier that he lived in constant fear of the “death machines” in the sky that had already killed his father and brother.

      “I see them every day and we are scared of them,” said Mohammed Tuaiman, speaking from al-Zur village in Marib province, where he died two weeks ago.

      “A lot of the kids in this area wake up from sleeping because of nightmares from them and some now have mental problems. They turned our area into hell and continuous horror, day and night, we even dream of them in our sleep.”

      Much of Mohammed’s life was spent living in fear of drone strikes. In 2011 an unmanned combat drone killed his father and teenage brother as they were out herding the family’s camels.”

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/10/drones-dream-yemeni-teenager-mohammed-tuaiman-death-cia-strike

      Anyway, RIP to all of the innocents, including Kayla, Furkan and Rachel.

      • just on February 10, 2015, 7:55 pm

        I forgot to add that these were only 3 of the brave and good activists trying to alleviate the suffering of US/Israeli horrific actions.

    • philadelphialawyer on February 11, 2015, 8:06 pm

      “How is her death any different than the ten of thousands killed and injured in the drone wars?”

      Indeed. And the one way in which it is different is not so easy to categorize.

      For, unlike the many civilian casualties of the drones and the other manifestations of the US “war on terror,” directly or by proxy, Ms. Mueller made a conscious choice to insert herself in a war zone.

      On the one hand, that is seen as a mark in her favor, in that she chose, when she did not have to, to work in Syria and elsewhere, and in a humanitarian capacity at that.

      On the other hand, Ms. Mueller was an American citizen, and, as such, she did not arrive in Syria as a neutral. Our, hers and mine, American government had chosen to take sides in the civil war in Syria, and one of its many enemies, besides the legal government itself, was ISIS.

      Of course, Ms. Mueller was a civilian, but ISIS does not operate on the principles of international law in war, and, in fairness, it must be said that our government does not extend the protections of the international law of war to ISIS and groups like it. According to our government, ISIS (and AQ and even the Taliban) are not legitimate fighting groups but outlaws and “terrorists.” The protections of POWs do not apply to them, nor do the protections applicable to civilians. According to our government, the members of these fighting groups are pretty much outside the law entirely, and just about any treatment of them, no matter how brutal, is justified.

      That being the case, one can hardly expect ISIS to play by “the rules” either.

      And all of this was known, or should have been known, by Ms. Mueller, before she entered Syria.

      To her credit, she did not want actions taken to secure her release.

      However, her abduction, and now her death, were inevitably going to be used by the war mongers (including President Obama), who she herself opposed, to justify more killing and greater intervention, inevitably leading to more blowback, and contributing to the endless cycle of violence that the “war on terror” has become.

      Of course I feel bad for her, her family and friends. But I can’t help but also feel that she would have done better to not have gone to Syria at all. The answer to every problem is not the presence of Americans, and, as I intimated above, Americans do not enter most of the war zones of the world as some sort of tabula raza. Like it or not, agree with the policies or not, we, all of us Americans, carry the baggage of the policies of the US government around with us where ever we go.

      In my opinion, we do better to try and change those policies here in the USA than to go to the countries on the receiving end of those policies, even if we go there to try to ameliorate the harm that those policies do. To many of the folks in-country, a US citizen is a US citizen, and the fact of that individual’s disagreement with US policy is not the salient point.

      And, again, if and when those folks act on that belief, it tends to merely confirm the very policies of the US that folks like Ms. Mueller are trying to ameliorate.

  6. Egbert on February 10, 2015, 2:49 pm

    I wonder if Obama thinks that Rachel Corrie also represented what is best about America?

    • American on February 10, 2015, 6:20 pm

      Obama will never mention Rachel cause she was killed by Israel.

  7. hophmi on February 10, 2015, 3:54 pm

    She also worked with the Save Darfur coalition, but I notice that you’re not highlighting that part. More important to talk about societal racism in Israel than it is to talk about the enslavement and genocide of Africans by Sudanese Arabs.

    • kalithea on February 11, 2015, 3:01 pm

      Last time I checked this site is dedicated mostly to commenting on and connecting with the plight of Palestinians under Zionist occupation and exposing Israeli Apartheid. Seems like you lost your way. If you are that concerned about Africans, start by protesting Israeli racism against African refugees in Israel and quit with the hypocritical, self-righteous bull.

    • Marnie on February 11, 2015, 3:49 pm

      Distract, distract, distract, distract, distract. Your check’s in the mail.

    • annie on February 11, 2015, 5:14 pm

      More important for you to defend societal racism in Israel than it is to talk about the enslavement and genocide of Africans by Sudanese Arabs, isn’t it hops. or by all means provide a link to your online advocacy towards Sudanese Arabs.

      zzzzzzz

      • Mooser on February 11, 2015, 9:23 pm

        ” or by all means provide a link to your online advocacy towards Sudanese Arabs.”

        Hey, Annie, get in line! We’re still waiting for the name of the two Muslim-out-reach-and-dialogue organizations where Hophmi says he is on the board of directors!!
        Perhaps it’s a secret organization with a secret board of directors, that does secret out-reach work!

    • philadelphialawyer on February 11, 2015, 8:20 pm

      Why is that even important?

      So, she worked for “Save Darfur?”

      Does that mean that she didn’t work for the Palestinians?

      And do you really think the one is the same as the other, when it comes to US Government propaganda which is now so eager to “claim” Ms. Mueller because her death suits its agenda?

      The US, at most, was indifferent to the Darfur situation, and was actually working against the Sudanese government. But the US is hardly indifferent to the I/P situation. No, Ms. Mueller’s past must be sanitized of any pro Palestinian proclivities (she was working “in Israel” the reports now have it!), because she is now to be a new martyr in the war against the “Bad Arab Muslims.” Her working in Darfur, if anything, probably is seen as a plus, from that POV. Because, as you mindlessly repeat, the approved narrative there is “Genocidal Arab Muslims” on the rampage yet again. But her working on the West Bank for Palestinians is another thing entirely. Because there she was actually working with and for the “Bad Arab Muslims,” and against the US’ most favortist ally at that, Israel.

  8. DaBakr on February 10, 2015, 5:32 pm

    I was not aware that the manner if her death was confirmed as being caused by “a Jordanian airstrike on IS positions”. I thought this IS claim was discredited as propaganda and that nobody -except her killers- knows for sure yet how she died.

    • Kris on February 11, 2015, 11:34 pm

      @DaBakr: “I thought this IS claim was discredited as propaganda and that nobody -except her killers- knows for sure yet how she died.”

      How do you know this is ‘propaganda” if “nobody knows for sure yet how she died”? Could you give a link to your sources?

    • Mooser on February 12, 2015, 6:34 pm

      “Dabakr” are you on the board-of-directors of any Muslim-outreach-to-and-dialogue-with-Muslim organizations, you can name? Any you can’t name?

      Now look, somebody has got to be on the boards-of-directors of the Muslim-Jewish Outreach and Dialogue organizations around here. They can’t just go around with no leadership, as well as no names!

  9. Whizdom on February 10, 2015, 5:42 pm

    NBC reported she did relief work “In Israel”

    • just on February 10, 2015, 11:21 pm

      You’re joking.

      Aren’t you?

      (I see now that marydee says that CBS also lied.)

      ;-((

  10. Citizen on February 10, 2015, 5:46 pm

    Greg Gutman on Fox channel show The Five just very directly implied Obama loves Muslims but doesn’t care about Jews. The rest of the panel consented.

  11. American on February 10, 2015, 6:19 pm

    Very sad. Poor girl, poor family. Another Rachel Corrie. The peaceful ones trying to do good seem to always end up dying for it.

    • turveyd on February 11, 2015, 11:52 am

      all this discussion about who is to blame for the death of that brave woman is interesting in itself, and worthwhile, but i watched to bombing by Jordan on tv and those targets looked uncommonly like houses… surely ISIS doesn’t have built-up zones? it reminded me of the tv footage of the bombing of Bagdad, to the cheers of the US populace, and looked to me exactly like the random bombing of any structure in their pilots’ sights.
      of course the murder in cold blood of Rachel Corrie was as clear as day and US still has done nothing. We should be grateful, i suppose that at least they spared us the carpet-bombing of the usual suspects in retaliation (ridiculous? when the response to 9/11 was the carpet-bombing of Bagdad?)
      But justice is slow in the case of Rachel Corrie.

  12. JLewisDickerson on February 10, 2015, 6:28 pm
  13. marydee on February 10, 2015, 7:51 pm

    CBS’s Scott Pelley just lied and said she worked in Israeli and Palestinian refugee camps. He knows that the general public doesn’t know that Israeli refugee camps don’t exist.

    Other new sources are saying she worked in Tel Aviv and no mention of Palestine.

    • just on February 10, 2015, 11:22 pm

      So Whizdom wasn’t joking above.

      omg!!!

      • Mooser on February 11, 2015, 9:26 pm

        “So Whizdom wasn’t joking above.”

        Nope, Whizdom is getting serious.

    • Philip Munger on February 11, 2015, 3:52 am

      I am interested in knowing whether or not she actually did any relief work in Israel.

      She was in Palestine with the ISM. In their commemorative article about her, the ISM only mentions actions she took part in in the West Bank, including greater East Jerusalem, none of which are in Israel.

      Obama stated she worked in Israel. But I can’t find any articles yet to corroborate his claim.

      • just on February 11, 2015, 9:06 am

        “Helping Africans in TA

        Mueller also reportedly spent some time in Tel Aviv, volunteering for The African Refugee Development Center, a community-based non-profit dedicated to protecting, helping and empowering African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel.

        Representatives from the ARDC said they were looking into whether or not Mueller had, in fact, worked for their organization, but that so far, they could not confirm or deny the news. It is possible, said one ARDC representative, that Mueller was more of an activist on behalf of asylum seekers and not a formal volunteer on their program.”

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/.premium-1.641876

        this sounds about right.

  14. Kay24 on February 10, 2015, 10:31 pm

    This is so sad. A family has lost, yet again, a precious member of their family, and they will forever carry this pain. Added to that pain, they have to bear the fact that she was killed under such a horrible circumstance, and that those responsible have yet to be punished, perhaps those brutes never will be. My heart goes to those who knew and loved her.

    She reminds me of an equally good person, Rachel Corrie, who also died unnecessarily, while doing good work for people who suffer. I guess Kayla’s death will be played up, unlike Rachel’s because it was caused by those who control our media and congress, however, I think both deaths deserve the attention, and these young ladies, should be remembered for their goodness and selflessness.

  15. traintosiberia on February 10, 2015, 10:53 pm

    Saddened and also angry .

  16. traintosiberia on February 10, 2015, 10:58 pm

    I hope there will be a church in her name,a mosque,a school,a hospital a child’s playground oneday somewhere in the Middle East .

  17. Qualtrough on February 10, 2015, 11:42 pm

    If she had been killed by Israeli forces while she was working in Palestine (see Rachel Corrie) many of the same people mourning her passing now would be applauding her death.

  18. Kay24 on February 11, 2015, 8:48 am

    Sad story. Some racist nut killed 3 wonderful Muslim students in Chapel Hill NC.
    Apparently he made some racist rants on his FB. This is result of Islamaphobia and innocent people paying the price. Pamela Geller must be proud of this killer.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/11/us/chapel-hill-shooting/

    • a blah chick on February 11, 2015, 8:59 am

      Kay, did you see this part:

      “Police haven’t said what may have compelled the accused,”

      If this had been three Jewish students do you suppose they would be scratching their heads?

    • just on February 11, 2015, 9:00 am

      Wanna make a bet that the murderer saw “American Sniper”? Can we call this a ‘terrorist attack’ yet?

      RIP to the victims.

      • Kay24 on February 11, 2015, 9:19 am

        This will never be called a “terrorist” attack. By now the media would have been outraged that yet another Muslim has murdered innocent people, had this been a Muslim killing three non Muslims.

        I feel sorry that three young, bright kids, lost their lives because of their religion.

      • just on February 11, 2015, 9:21 am

        I started switching between MSNBC/CNN when you alerted me to the story, Kay~ nada.

      • just on February 11, 2015, 9:37 am

        Carlos Latuff twitter:

        “Please, RT! Muslim lives matter, except for the MSM! #ChapelHillShooting ”

        https://twitter.com/LatuffCartoons/status/565440473075318784

      • Kay24 on February 11, 2015, 11:27 am

        Just, I am sure by now the MSM would have picked on this horrible story. They are certainly taking their time. I am presently in another time zone.

        If these were Jewish kids, there would be cries of anti-semitism, and we would have been reminded just how vulnerable Jews are, over and over again. Why, even Bibi would have joined in the outrage from that distant land.

    • Qualtrough on February 11, 2015, 10:07 am

      I wondered how prominently the Drudge Report would place this story, because we all know that if the religions of the attacker and victims were reversed it would have been a banner headline with multiple sub-links. So I checked and found one story link about a third of the way down the page. It linked to a Washington Times story about the killings. The page is cluttered with ads and links, and here is a sampling:

      Photos: Hand Cannons: The world’s most powerful handguns
      Best concealed carry handguns
      10 best sniper rifles
      Best movie shootouts of all time
      Bang for your buck: Best handguns under $500

      • lysias on February 11, 2015, 11:32 am

        Democracy Now! reported the story. No surprise there.

  19. Walid on February 11, 2015, 9:19 am

    Very sad.

  20. crone on February 11, 2015, 11:09 am

    Bernhard at Moon of Alabama asks “Who Murdered Kayla Jean Mueller?”

    The U.S. claims that the Islamic State killed its hostage Kayla Jean Mueller. But the sequence of events and the surrounding circumstance point to her being killed, willful or not, by an U.S. ally and based on U.S. intelligence.

    Last Thursday the Jordanian air-force attacked targets U.S. intelligence associated with the Islamic State in Raqqa. The next day the Islamic State said that a hostage, a U.S. citizen, was killed in the attack:

    The terrorist group claimed Kayla Jean Mueller was killed by Jordanian aircraft rockets that a struck the building in which she was being held.

    “[..] we can confirm the death of an American hostage by the rockets which targeted that area.”

    The group released images showing a damaged building it said had been targeted in air strikes, but no photos of the hostage.

    Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State sites on Thursday, after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot.

    The White House, State Department and Pentagon said they could not confirm the unsubstantiated report.

    How are official statements after a confirmed attack with pictures of the destroyed location “unsubstantiated”?

    Over the weekend the Islamic State sent pictures of the dead body of the hostage to her family. The family acknowledged and the FBI confirmed that the hostage is dead:

    Cont. reading: Who Murdered Kayla Jean Mueller?

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2015/02/who-murdered-kayla-jean-mueller.html#more

    • Walid on February 11, 2015, 11:45 am

      Still not a word out of Jordan.

    • Kris on February 11, 2015, 12:38 pm

      Was Kayla Jean Mueller more valuable (to the U.S.) dead than alive? Just wondering, given U.S. “coordination” with Jordan, if the U.S. gave Jordan bombing coordinates for a place where the U.S. suspected that Kayla was being held.

      Sort of like a U.S. version of Israel’s Hannibal Directive?

    • DaBakr on February 11, 2015, 1:24 pm

      i’m used to conspiracies here that immediately targetIsrael/IDF/Mossad after some hezbollah and/or hamas related incident with some of there equalled avowed enemies (yes, these groups have enemies other then Israel believe it or not) but the above has to take the cake for pure hysteria. the poor girl’s family can’t even have a week or two to grieve over a daughter who they obviously had no control of-a girl who was determined to help who she could and learn what she could in the process without some half-baked lame brained so-called ‘theory’ that supposes that exactly what almost everybody KNEW was going to happen just a matter of when and how-DID happen. And anyone who believes that the girl just happened to be in one of the military out buildings that Jordan was bombing in revenge with NO OTHER PEOPLE and PRAYING -by herself, no less has got to be a bit cracked.
      IS is known to have a sophisticated propaganda arm with slick use of modern media and would naturally use the girls death in the most strategic way possible. what is so difficult to believe about that? Easier to believe I suppose that some screwy back door deal between Obama and Jordan (and hey, why not throw in the Mossad?) all for what? What possible value could this one young girl ave dead that the 50 other beheaded journalists/aid workers didn’t have?

      AT this point I am starting to think that IS is growing exponentially in stature and wealth. Soon they will start going through ‘The Process’. That which the Hamas started to go through years ago when they realized that its not enough to just maraud your way into power. you have to administer. They can’t kill everybody and obviously-some people are more comfortable with IS then others. They also have the slickest and most cynical recruitment policy I have ever seen. Disaffected muslim youths raised in middle to lower middle class families, addicted to violent video games (no more then christian/hindu/buddist teens) and with a natural inclination to DO SOMETHING tangible with their meaningless lives in former euro colonies. What better thing for a hormonal teen to go and train to be a soldier for Jihad. Guns, glory, let your hair and your freak
      fly. Want to see some of the banned censored videos of beheadings rapes and pillaging up close and personal. Want to see what its like to kill a human? Go to the Caliphate. Spend a few months and go back home to Paris if you get fed up. How many idol teen boys are going to be seduced by that? You might think not many but evidently its drawing quite a large crowd.
      And then the idealistic pioneers. The ‘Kayla’s’ also find in the conflict zones a place to exercise some of their own principles and ideals. I have nothing bad to say about Kayla. I understand some feel she was foolish-as is anybody going into an IS conflict zone. But I don’t think she was thinking of herself or her family. Sadly-if her letter is real-she was near the end.
      But whatever the reaction is to her death-dragging in wild conspiracies when nobody of any merit or importance has even suggested anything remotely like a ‘coverup’ is purely a disregard for the girls memory.

      And sorry-all due respect to R.Corries parents but I also think dragging her into this incident is a cheap ploy to politicize worries death beyond what has already occurred. I do get that she is an icon and martyr to some in the anti-Zionist movement but until somebody shows Kaylas intent-or writings to the effect that anti-Zionism was her driving goal-she deserves to be known for her own work. And if by chance the cookie parents have met with kayla and they all want to put out some solidarity statements-of course its their right.

      • Kris on February 11, 2015, 3:51 pm

        @DeBakr: “IS is known to have a sophisticated propaganda arm with slick use of modern media and would naturally use the girls death in the most strategic way possible.”

        Unlike the U.S., I guess.

      • Kris on February 11, 2015, 4:14 pm

        Oh, wait:

        “But the most grotesque thing about the aftermath of Kayla’s death is that people are using it as a pretext to keep bombing. Why don’t we bomb the hell out of them? Chris Matthews asked repeatedly last night in his demagogue mode, as if that will cure anything. Her name is prominent in the president’s request today for the Authorization to Use Military Force against the Islamic state.” http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/mueller-leaders-during#comment-142947

      • Taxi on February 11, 2015, 10:40 pm

        Dbkr,

        When you start comparing Hamas to IS, you immediately expose your brainwashing and render the rest of your post flushable down the toilet.

        Get a grip will ya?! Learn the difference between apples and oranges.

      • DaBakr on February 11, 2015, 11:48 pm

        @tx

        relax. i know the difference between IS and Hmas. Just pointing out that the Hamas started by gaining a reputation for a certain type of militant and violent operations against Jews in Israel that they thought the PLO/Fatah was no longer capable of. Then, as they gained stature and popularity and their fortunes grew (both literally and politically)the need arose to shift focus and highlight their social agenda and try and dissuade the cacophony of the international hordes shrieking “terrorist”. (weren’t; you dissuaded or were you all in from the Hamas early days?) Surely you can’t argue with these basic assumptions of hamas’s rise from outlier to majority power broker. How IS would like to accomplish even half if what hamas has–but on a grander scale .

        So , i have “a grip”. One is regional and based on Palestinian empowerment. Are you sure that the outside influences that fund and empower the Hamas have goals that are in the Palestinian peoples best interests or are they just convenient ‘enemies of thy enemy’ for now?

        IS is a different ball of wax. the whole caliphate thing and I won;t even try and pretend to know the details of what the benefits and deficits of a pan-Arab caliphate would have on the region versus the bunch of tyrants and fake theocrats the Arab world is now ruled by . (Hah. by default-makes Hamas goals seem ‘quaint’) But either way…IS is on a crash-course for a quickie geo-political recognition with semi-normalization if they can manage that. And with the weak appeasement minded leaders of the current super powers like Obama, Hollande, Merkle, and the UN as a whole -it wouldn’t be surprising if there is some accomodation made for IS. (cue the conspiracy theorists….) If there are ‘smarter’ members of IS and we should assume there are and they rule the day-it will be an entirely different ME in 5yrs. If its the head choppers? who knows?
        Its not a very bright p[icture.

        @kris.
        no argument there

      • just on February 12, 2015, 12:56 am

        +1! Taxi

  21. Taxi on February 11, 2015, 11:22 am

    Conservatives Dance On Grave Of ISIL Hostage: ‘Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel B**ch’:
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/conservatives-kayla-mueller-israel

    “Mueller was a Jew-hating, anti-Israel piece of crap who worked with HAMAS and helped Palestinians harass Israeli soldiers and block them from doing their job of keeping Islamic terrorists out of Israel,” Debbie Schlussel wrote.

    • bintbiba on February 11, 2015, 12:03 pm

      This must be one of the most repulsive, disgusting ,inhuman comments made by this abominable human being.

      I am usually less rude about my dislikes…. but this woman is truly beyond the pale !
      `Ms. Schlussel you are a disgrace to the human race.

      Sorry , Taxi, I can’t even quote her words, I find I’ll have to wash my hands, mouth and brain !! I can imagine what it cost you to tell us. Thank you .

      • oldgeezer on February 11, 2015, 12:14 pm

        A disgrace to humanity, yes, but a fine example of right wing zionists one encounters on the web and in the press.

    • turveyd on February 11, 2015, 12:06 pm

      oh, well. that confirms it. she worked in Palestine…

    • annie on February 11, 2015, 12:10 pm

      that link taxi- this is really sick. and all that pushback we’ve heard about human rights activists “i don’t hear you complaining about syria ..yadayadayada” so she goes to syria and they pound her there because she had served in palestine. basically it goes to show it doesn’t matter what else you do in life, to these people if you care about palestinians you’re a dog that deserves to be put down.

      • Taxi on February 11, 2015, 12:54 pm

        Debbie Shlussel’s teeth on the floor – that’s the red I saw after reading her despicable article.

    • RoHa on February 11, 2015, 10:06 pm

      Nice to see they are keeping it classy and upholding the ideal of civility.

    • Qualtrough on February 11, 2015, 10:08 pm

      Earlier in this thread I wrote the following:

      “If she had been killed by Israeli forces while she was working in Palestine (see Rachel Corrie) many of the same people mourning her passing now would be applauding her death.”

      I am back to say that I was wrong. As Taxi informs us, she didn’t even have to be killed working to help Palestinians for some to applaud her death, just the fact that she at one point assisted Palestinians is sufficient for some to laud her death. It is shameful that an elected US official would use such disgusting gutter language and sentiments to describe someone’s death, but no surprise that Schlussel does so. Horrible Person of the Year?

      • Qualtrough on February 12, 2015, 12:56 am

        Oops. I confused Schlussel with someone else, so while her comment is still disgusting, at least she isn’t an elected official.

  22. lysias on February 11, 2015, 12:02 pm

    OT, the U.S. delegation to the state funeral of former German President von Weizsäcker is only going to be headed by U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson. Just like that march in Paris! Should this be considered a dis? Is it irritation over Merkel’s opposing military measures in Ukraine?

    UPDATE: I shouldn’t have used a future tense, as it turns out the funeral has already been held, earlier today, Feb. 11. And Biden has instead been attending, with Eric Holder, the awarding of the Medal of Valor to several policemen. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/11/vice-president-biden-host-medal-valor-ceremony-attorney-general-holder

    Why couldn’t Biden have gone to Germany, and left Holder to preside over the Washington ceremony?

  23. AnotherProudZionist on February 11, 2015, 3:23 pm

    It’s possible that the Jordanian air strike killed her but it’s also possible and even likely that ISIS killed her. When you go help these people Islam kills you in the end. It reminds of the 2 British Jewish girls who went to help Muslims in Madagascar and got acid thrown in their faces. Why isn’t there compassion for the victims of these acid throwing murderers. Where is the compassion for the Israeli victims of Arab terror?

    • annie on February 11, 2015, 5:50 pm

      When you go help these people Islam kills you in the end.

      so then why do you think israel is helping them? http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.630359

    • just on February 11, 2015, 6:06 pm

      APZ~ you’ll enjoy reading this then:

      “Israel backers celebrate death of Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller”

      …Despite the gross displays of celebration from pro-Israel extremists, the vast majority of people have expressed sadness for Mueller’s death. However, it is difficult to take them all at face value.

      For example, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences. “On behalf of the people of Israel, I wish to send condolences to President Obama, the American people and the family of Kayla Mueller. We stand with you,” he said.

      This is the same man whose army routinely targets and kills aid workers while obstructing desperately needed humanitarian assistance to Palestinians trapped in the besieged Gaza ghetto.

      Equally disingenuous were the remarks by US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, who enables American and Israeli atrocities for a living by vetoing any and all attempts to hold either power accountable for human rights abuses and war crimes.

      Between the Zionist backlash against Mueller, the outlets erasing her Palestine activism and those using her death to advance their own agendas, there is one constant: Mueller’s support for Palestinians against Israeli oppression is a taboo that must be ignored, obscured or ridiculed. ”

      http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/israel-backers-celebrate-death-islamic-state-hostage-kayla-mueller

      (you can read all the gross stuff that is @ the link, APZ~ one’s even a Rabbi!)

      • Kay24 on February 11, 2015, 10:20 pm

        Unfortunately, anything that makes all Muslims look bad, or discredits the religion, makes some of them go into raptures. Mostly because their horrible crimes against humanity gets lost in the hype.

    • Bornajoo on February 11, 2015, 6:15 pm

      @APZ
      Yes “these people”, these sub humans, these cockroaches, these lowly animals. Better to drop 1 ton bombs on their houses and slaughter them in their thousands. Better to shoot and kill them for trying to throw stones. How dare they? Better to keep them in an open air prison camp and blow them to pieces from time to time. Better to find some kind of final solution for “these people”. How dare anyone show any compassion for them. Everyone knows that only Israeli Jews should be shown compassion and only they are allowed to be victims. After all we are the chosen people right?

      I’m running out of sick buckets

      • Mooser on February 11, 2015, 9:30 pm

        I get the feeling the “A Proud Zionist’s” comment didn’t need to go halfway round the world to reach Mondo’s NY server. Probably just down the block and across town.

  24. Bornajoo on February 11, 2015, 4:27 pm

    “This must be one of the most repulsive, disgusting ,inhuman comments made by this abominable human being.

    I am usually less rude about my dislikes…. but this woman is truly beyond the pale !
    `Ms. Schlussel you are a disgrace to the human race.”

    Very well said Bintbiba. That sad excuse for a human being wasn’t the only zionist gloating over her death.

    I would like to describe Schlussel using some different words but they wouldn’t get through moderation. So I’ll have to try these ones instead. Debbie Schlussel is a zionist whore bitch. I will dream about her being held hostage and tortured instead of counting sheep. she doesn’t even deserve to be the Shit on the soles of the shoes of a real human being like Kayla Mueller.

    Fuck you Debbie Schlussel and may you rot in hell.

    That was the polite version.

  25. kalithea on February 11, 2015, 5:34 pm

    RIP Kayla Mueller

    I don’t like the comparisons to Rachel Corrie. Rachel Corrie stood up to the Israeli Occupation and an Israeli bulldozer to stop a grave injustice against a family, the Palestinian people and to try to enlighten her fellow Americans on the crimes being supported by the U.S. even at the price of her life. She gave her life so that Americans could see the truth and do something to end the injustice she was exposing.

    Kayla was a humanitarian who like Rachel cared about the victims of injustice and war but she is a casualty of the clash to two barbaric forces. She wasn’t challenging the injustice of the policies that led to her death and the chaos and destruction in Syria and even in Iraq then and now. Her comments on Palestine are too ambiguous for my taste, but I respect her sense of humanity and her compassion for the suffering of Palestinians and Syrians, hopefully Syrians of all religious persuasions.

    One thing that is puzzling me on this issue though is how the media knows she was to be married to an ISIS fighter and where that narrative is leading. Apparently photos confirm she was wrapped in a white shroud after her death. There are questions as to whether she converted. There are questions surrounding her captivity. We don’t have the whole picture and at the same time I don’t want the media dictating what I should think or suspect or trying to paint an ulterior picture. I just want the truth and then I’ll paint my own picture.

    How many believe Obama is making a mistake asking for authorization for war against IS which basically replaces the 2003 authorization for war against Iraq?

    I think it’s a mistake; regardless of whether or not it’s limited to 3 years. A future Presidency can start a WW with that kind of authorization. What is the Islamic State anyway? Where is this state and what are its boundaries? Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, apparently even in Egypt’s Sinai now there are ISIS fighters. Sooo, does this mean this war authorization allows for bombing and aggression in all these states? Is the U.S. going to be at war in every country in the Middle East except Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and the other smaller monarchic satellites it props up? Is this the way to counter IS or is it a means to create more IS sympathizers in all those countries and in other locations and widen this war?

    As I stated many times, IS is the consequence of U.S. failed policy in the Middle East since GWBush. IS is a state without borders and that’s a problem for the U.S., but most importantly IS is a state of mind that is spreading and that’s a huge problem for the U.S. The solution does not lie with more war but begins with a more balanced, less hypocritical and non-interventionist Middle East policy. But no one gets how explosive this situation is and how more war is the wrong way to go.

    Here’s an innovative frame of thought for our so-called leaders: stop trying to design, occupy and control Muslim territory, stop discriminating and start valuing ALL life.

  26. DaBakr on February 12, 2015, 12:40 am

    Now reports are filtering out that the so-called letter she wrote to her parents might have been forced. that she may have been sold or given as a reward to a fighter as a bride. (sexual torture/enslavement. That she was able to contact her friend at some point in captivity and basically begged her to help “get her out”. which means at the least-that nothing IS says about what happened to her can be believed and until more of the story comes out it should be assured that whatever anybody thinks of the girls politics that A) she was a kid of 25 and B) was devoted to helping those she thought needed help and C) got herself into a world of trouble in Syria and its doubtful she had the ‘Anne Frank-like’ ending that the composed letter made out. She evidently was dragged around from battle zone to battle zone like a cave-woman from a cartoon to service her warrior husband.
    And for those that like to counter ‘if IS is so bad why is Israel helping. First-they are not really, Syrians claim alNusra fighters are “not like” IS. But even if that is disputed there is B) if hezbollah and Iran would like to sign/negotiate a treaty whereby they will abandon their stated goal to attack israel (they say “occupied Palestine” when referring to all northern Israel) invade Israel or lob missiles at israel from anywhere in Syria or Lebanon then you will quickly see any cooperation evaporate. Also- don;t alNusra people, there families and the villagers they support them deserve any compassion? Israel has often been the ONLY outfit they was able or willing to save lives of severely injured civilians. (and of course the fighters took advantage of this, why wouldn’t they and I am certain there was as much ‘advantage’ taken back as well. People (arabs/jews/druze) are generally battle savvy here and know how to negotiate for services rendered. but the ones that are shot or blown to bits-well somebody should be trying to save their lives-even if its just us evil Zionist scum.

    • Taxi on February 12, 2015, 1:02 pm

      dbkr,

      Al Nusra self-identify as “Alqaida in Syria”. Israel has partnered up with “Alquida in Syria”. You can’t spin that fact buster.

      ” Also- don;t alNusra people, there families and the villagers they support them deserve any compassion?”

      LOL yeah sure let israel show “compassion” to Alquaida in Syria (and NONE to peace activists). And from the sweeping mass victories of the Syrian army and the hizb in Quneitra today, I’d say the Quientra villagers who were shown on tv dancing in the snow looked very happy to be liberated from israquida.

      Say, you ready to face off the Syrian army in the Golan? I think they too want the land you stole from them back sooner than later.

    • just on February 12, 2015, 4:32 pm

      DaBakr ~ how nice and predictable of you to show up only to spread rumors and smear Kayla’s name while doing so.

      It’s funny that you would refer to yourself as “evil Zionist scum”. Thanks for the heads- up.

      +1 Taxi!!!

      • Mooser on February 12, 2015, 6:47 pm

        What on earth does “Dabakr” think he is accomplishing? Validating himself, supporting his credibility with his own sense of entitlement, okay, I get that, it’s supposed to be an attractive quality, so he wants to display it. I get that, but what does he think he is accomplishing? It’s baffling.

      • DaBakr on February 13, 2015, 1:34 am

        @jst
        well if I am spreading rumors I read them on your own CNN and BBC websites. its not like its all that surprising

        @tx
        if you think you can explain the cycles of violence and who is the enemy of whom in syria you are a bigger aHole then any of the 100s of ME scholars who can’t even keep track. Isn’t it ‘compassionate’ of you to just skip thru the past few years where civilians seeking simple ‘human rights’ were mowed down by the 1000s. And now-after all the carnage you want to pick the side of Assad and Hezbollah-so at lest you better own up to it t. It seems to me that all your really doing is salivating over some magical time in the future when you imagine Iran will want Hezbollah to launch another ground war but where Syria and the Syrians are blurred out of this picture frame you so desire. What a freakin phony. All the Syrian death would be fine with you as long as the end result was a war to try and regain some strategic plateau and ‘show those arrogant Zionists, ey?’

        You can explain to the world court you so love to threaten others with how many Arab Syrian civilian women children and elderly people were killed by Assad and his proxies. you really don;t have a clue whats going on there, I just realized. almost nobody does. I don’t. We know a lot but not really enough.
        So, I can live with the so-called ‘aide’ provided to alNusra. But I get it-you are not satisfied unless you can somehow attach this girls death to your obsessive dislike of Zionism. If the Syrian people have to suffer so Hezbollah can harm the IDF then its all worth it I guess. So much for the Syrian rrevolution.

        And @moos
        your yammering again. about what I don’t know. Your baffled. Okay. You want to know what I think I am accomplishing here? I haven’t a clue -‘they’ haven’t; given me an all access card to the Zionist data-bank on everything media oriented in the world. And validating? Don’t make me laugh (finally) All that verbiage? Your the king of self validation here. You have let everybody know your heart and mind are ‘in the right place’ .

      • Taxi on February 13, 2015, 11:16 pm

        dbrk,

        No one is a stinkier “aHole” than you and your support for Alqaida in Syria!!!

        And yeah I actually CAN keep track of what’s going on in Syria like millions of other people can – it’s no frigging puzzle: israel/nato/gulfies tried to oust Bashar, destroy the Syrian army and break up Syria, like they did with Iraq and Libya, and THEY FAILED hahaha! Except it’s NOT funny cuz that just killed around a quarter of a million people and it’s all because of your criminal side! So don’t even bother shedding your crocodile tears for the “Syrian villagers”! They frigging hate you and wanna do the same to you now – do you get that?!

        The WHOLE of the Golan is LEGALLY Syrian land and pretty soon it will be under their control again and there won’t be anything you can do about it except go to a war that you will lose.

        But maybe if you gave back the land you stole and paid reparations you could sit with hizb, Syria and Iran at a negotiating table.

        Is that the sound of you squirming at the thought?

      • just on February 13, 2015, 11:32 pm

        ker-POW!

      • Mooser on February 15, 2015, 3:23 pm

        Okay. You want to know what I think I am accomplishing here? I haven’t a clue”

        Hey, Dabakr, ever hear the old bit of dialogue from “Duck Soup”? “Remember boys, you are fighting for this lady’s honor,” (aside) “which is more than she’s ever done!”

        That’s what you are doing here, Dabakr, you’re fighting for the lady’s honor!

  27. Rodneywatts on February 12, 2015, 6:06 am

    What a revealing post and comments. I really feel for all you folk of conscience who actually live in the such a sick, sick, sick society called the US still tied by an umbilical chord to a child born in hope but now shown to be a monster. The sooner that chord can be cut the better.

    Needless to say I just feel so sad about Kayla, and her family are in our prayers — they were remembered last night in our church home group. But believe it or not I was asked by a younger member “what is a zionist?” This of course says a lot about differences between the US and UK, but at least that young person does not like what is going on in the WB and Gaza.

    That “what is a zionist” question though, underscored a point I made in an email to our Minister of Education, Nicky Morgan, the other day. She had made a weak platitudinous
    statement regarding the rise in antisemitism in a BBC Qestion Time programme, featuring an audience containing a disgracefully behaved bunch of Jewish zionists. (This was the programme in which George Galloway was set up but who was the only one to give a spot on answer.)
    I pointed out that everybody, including Jews needed to hear that it was Israel’s actions, and own it. Also the Holocaust should be taught in our schools along with the truth of the Nakhba and about 1947 when our own soldiers and innocent Jews were murdered by the Irgun and Lehi (Stern) Jewish terrorist gangs. What might also be a bit of a shock to our zionisti is that Stern was an admirer of the nazis! (papers found in embassy in Turkey).

    I really appreciate what MW stands for, and contributing in a small way, but I realise that with limited time between now and our general election, I must concentrate on activities here in the UK, which hopefully will serve to help further the cause of justice and peace for all peoples in I/P and the ME.

    A last point – Kayla did ‘represent what was the best about America’ but so did the other innocents including Rachel Corrie!

    • just on February 12, 2015, 4:35 pm

      Thanks for that great comment, Rodneywatts.

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