Kayla Mueller’s death instantly resulted in a bevy of polemic disputes. While ISIS claims Kayla died during Jordanian air raids, the country denies having a hand in her demise. While some rally around the Obama administration’s response, others claim he did not do enough to prevent Mueller’s death. Some critics are even saying that the sudden end to Kayla’s life should not be respected at all, and that, in fact, she was to blame for it.
One of the most vocal of Mueller’s detractors was conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel, who published a blog post Tuesday titled “Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel B***h.” Debbie’s post describes Kayla as a “piece of crap” who aided HAMAS and prevented keeping Islamic terrorists out of Israel during her time as a pro-Palestine activist.
“I have no sympathy for any of these ‘American’ (in name only!) hostages of ISIS. And my attitude when I hear they’ve been snuffed out is, so sad, too bad. Every single one of these hostages has been a leftist America-hater. They are anti-American ‘journalists’ there to tell us how ‘moderate’ and ‘democratic’ these beheaders and live-human-burners are. Or they are anti-American ‘aid workers’ (that’s like the Middle East version of Barack Obama’s ‘community organizer’).”
Mueller’s death was also met with scrutiny by some other members of the media. Breitbart editor Joel Pollak wrote that Kayla had only met Israelis in “the worst possible contexts,” citing irate West Bank settlers and Tel Aviv officials deporting African immigrants as opposed to Israelis who have also felt the human rights violations of the conflict with Palestine. That, he said, had given Mueller an unfair representation of the struggle between Israel and Palestine.
Sad that Kayla Mueller was anti-Israel activist. If she understood both sides she might have avoided idealizing the enemy that killed her
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) February 11, 2015
Though some condemned Kayla’s pro-Palestinian activism, groups that Mueller has been a part of, including the Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, thanked her for her participation.
“Kayla came to Palestine to stand in solidarity with us. She marched with us and faced the military that occupies our land side by side with us. For this, Kayla will always live in our hearts. We send all our support to her family and will continue, like Kayla, to work against injustice wherever it is.”
Despite some of the negative response, the majority of even those who disagree with Kayla’s political beliefs has been sympathetic. Israeli paper Haartez published a largely flattering profile of Mueller, while the nation of Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made sure to express his solidarity with the United States when he officially bemoaned Kayla’s death, reported The Global Jewish News Source.
“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.”
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