The leader of a major Arab city in Israel has insulted political leaders with allegations that they did not address the murder of a young Israeli Arab woman in Australia last week.
The mayor of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, Morsi Abu Mokh, wrote on Sunday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, and Minister of Culture Miri Regev. He said it was a shame that no official expressed his grief over the assassination of 21-year-old Aiia Maasarwe,
who was raped and killed in Mellbourne. Maasarwe lived in the city.
"In less than 48 hours, the Australian police arrested a suspect in this vile murder made headlines worldwide – from China to the US and Israeli media. It is more than amazing that so far, a few days after the tragic murder and extensive media coverage, we have heard nothing – no statement or announcement – from any Israeli official, "Abu Mokh wrote.
" Not even sending a brief announcement to the press is a serious and embarrassing mistake on Israel's side … coming from a country that sees itself as egalitarian to all its inhabitants, "he said." It's a deafening silence. that you are addressing this issue in a way that corresponds to this tragic event.
"While Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was" devastated by the murder and sexual assault, "he said that all residents – regardless of their race, religion or gender – they need to feel safe. "
After several days of uncertainty about the repatriation of Aiya's body, her funeral is due to take place on Wednesday. In Australia, many of the thousands of women took to the streets over the weekend to protest against domestic violence
carried banner with the name of Maasarwe.
The staff of President Rivlin replied that he had contacted the local consul through the State Department and had a letter with him Sent condolences to the family.
Aiya's father, Sai Maasarwe, said he has no complaints about the silence of Israeli officials. "Everyone will do what they think is right, we're going through a very hard time I would not wish anyone to do, we think positively, we have none." Hatred and hatred do not guide us. Our compass in life is love that thinks positively and offers our children a better future. "
MK Youssef Jabareen of the Joint List said He spoke with representatives of the Australian Embassy in Israel, who promised a thorough and speedy investigation into the murder – and delivered it. He also beat the Israeli leadership for its silence.
"It is unknown that so far no official declaration has been made by Israel – not by the prime minister or a minister. It is a shame that exemplifies a humiliating treatment of the victim's family and the entire Arab public that Aiia mourns.
In Baqa al-Gharbiyye, hundreds gathered on Saturday to protest Maasarwe's rape and murder.
Only Maasrwe, Aiaa's sister, urged the government to do everything possible to repatriate her sister's body. "I ask you, the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State and all concerned: Work to get the body home as soon as possible. We can not wait anymore. "
" I do not know how my sisters and I will live without them. We can not understand that we will never talk to her again, "Nur said.