I just heard Andrea Mitchell report on speculation that Kayla Mueller was a “voluntary prisoner” of ISIS. If I understand correctly, in order to help the Mueller family, classified information was declassified, ahead of time, in order to debunk the speculation.
But tt may not matter much. The right already has plenty of grist for the mill in their minds and, by all appearances, they’re just getting revved up. You see, Kayla sympathized with the Palestinian cause. And, for that unpardonable sin, some on the right find the day after her death was confirmed a perfectly appropriate time to trash her publicly.
A Raw Story report, Conservatives celebrate death of ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller, aid worker and ‘anti-Israel b*tch’, presents some of the highlights:
In a piece titled “Kayla Mueller: Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch,” conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel wrote, “No tears for the newly-departed Kayla Mueller, the ISIS hostage whose parents confirmed today that she is dead.”
“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,” Schlussel wrote.
“I have no sympathy for any of these ‘American’ (in name only!) hostages of ISIS,” she went on. “And my attitude when I hear they’ve been snuffed out is, so sad, too bad.”
The website Shoebat.com’s Lee Kaplan said, “(T)he press tries to paint Kayla as a selfless volunteer helping poor Arab refugees. She may have even helped some injured Arabs in refugee camps. But don’t be fooled where her sympathies laid; she was working to support the goals of Palestinian irredentist/terrorists and to interfere with the IDF on behalf of terrorist groups. As an ISM activist she was a tool for the worldwide jihad.”
There are more, but you get the picture.
What did Kayla do to earn such enmity after dying at age 26? From Adam Horowitz at Mondoweiss:
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.
From the new site, forkayla.org, here’s a piece from Kayla’s own blog post about the death of a Palestinian acquaintance:
Bil’in is a Palestinian village that like many are struggling day by day simply to exist…
Their best farm land, their wells, their olive trees, their livelihood, their very existence is silently and illegally being stolen from them; the village is slowly being strangled. If nothing is done to help the people of Bil’in, this barbed-wire fence will soon turn into an enormous concrete wall, that boasts to be 2X the height of the Berlin Wall.
…And now just today, Jawaher has been asphyxiated from tear gas inhalation. Jawaher was not even participating in the weekly demonstration but was in her home approximately 500 meters away from where the tear gas canisters were being fired (by wind the tear gas reaches the village and even the nearby illegal settlement often)…
This family has a tragic story, but it is the story of life in Palestine. Is this justice? Is it humane to illegally cage innocent human beings like dogs with a concrete wall?
…Where is the change for Bil’in? Do freedom and security not go together in Palestine? Do not the liberties of the Rahmah family strengthen the cause of world peace? How can such a level of injustice be so easily ignored?…
Don’t we all know the Rahmah family? Can’t we all feel their pain from across the great ocean?
I think we can.
…Compassion’s roots are in understanding.
We must strive to understand. We must strive to water the seed of understanding in ourselves and in others or peace will never come to Palestine. Peace will never come to the world.
That post was from four years ago. She would have been 22. How many of us have that sort of depth at such a young age? I know I didn’t. Not even close.
Are the intellect, the compassion and the human decency of Kayla Mueller beyond the grasp of many on the right? Seems that way.
In a way, I hope the right keeps on trashing her. I hope they make so much noise about Kayla’s work that millions learn about it and read the post of hers I quoted. I hope they make so much noise they wake America’s collective conscience about Israel-Palestine, so much noise that the settlement building stops, the brutal occupation ends, and this prediction of Kayla’s from her time in Palestine comes true:
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.
Kayla was right. One day that wall will fall. I just wish it had happened while she was around to see it.