Thousands at funeral of Arab Israeli killed in Australia
Published 11:38 pm | January 23, 2019
Thousands of mourners attended the funeral on Wednesday of Aya Maasarwe, an Arab Israeli student
killed in Australia, in her hometown of Baqa al-Gharbiya in northern Israel.
The 21-year-old was raped and murdered in Australia’s second-largest city
Melbourne shortly after midnight on January 16 when she was on her way home
from a comedy show.
Her body was found by passers-by in bushes near a tram stop.
Police in Australia, who have described the attack as “horrific”, have
arrested and charged a suspect, 20-year-old Codey Herrmann, with her rape and
The murder of Maasarwe, who had been studying in Australia for a year,
shocked the country and sparked a huge outpouring of grief that saw thousands
attend vigils in her memory.
“I appreciate the support of all these people, in the whole world and also
in my town,” said her father, Saeed Maasarwe, with Australia’s ambassador to
Israel, Chris Cannan, by his side.
Thousands of people gathered in silence at Baqa al-Gharbiya, a town with a
Muslim majority, as mourners carried the coffin containing Maasarwe’s body to
her family home.
The only sound that could be heard was of Muslim prayers from
Youths marching in a procession held up black banners that read “It’s time
to say: stop killing women” and “Women have the right to live in peace” in
both Arabic and English.
A crowd of mourners then followed Maasarwe’s coffin as it was taken to the
Al-Sarat mosque and cemetery where she was laid to rest.
Hours earlier, the town’s mayor, Khaled Abu Mukh, and Israeli Arab MP
Ahmad Tibi accompanied Maasarwe’s father as her coffin arrived at the
In a video posted on social media, Tibi said Maasarwe was now the daughter
of all Arab Israelis.
Arab Israelis are descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land following the creation of Israel in 1948. They account for some 17.5 percent of Israel’s population and largely support the Palestinian cause.
দৈনিক সময় সংবাদ ২৪ ডট কম সংবাদের কোনো সংবাদ, তথ্য, ছবি,আলোকচত্রি, ভিডিওচিত্র, অডিও কনটেন্ট কপিরাইট আইনে র্পূব অনুমতি ছাড়া ব্যবহার করা সর্ম্পূণ বেআইনি। সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যমে যে কোন কমেন্সের জন্য কর্তৃপক্ষ দায়ী নয়।