Arab-Israeli Journalist ‘Not Afraid of Repercussions’ After Blasting Israeli-Arab Leaders
A well-known Israeli-Arab journalist and TV host told Channel 2 News on Saturday that she is not afraid of repercussions that might ensue as a result of her having criticized the surge in Palestinian violence and Israeli-Arab leaders for remaining silent about it.
Lucy Aharish, famous for hosting talk shows on Israel’s Channel 2 and i24 TV — recently found herself under fire from Arabs for her views.
In an interview with Channel 2 last week, Aharish accused Israeli-Arab leaders of not working towards mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs.
In addition, she vigorously denied that Israel was attempting to change the status quo on the Temple Mount — the ostensible reason for the recent wave of Palestinian violence. However, she added, even if the status quo had been broken, “Does that allow someone to go and murder someone else because of a sacred place? Why, because of God? What God are they speaking of? One that allows for children to go out and murder innocent people?”
Calling Israeli-Arab leaders “weak,” and doubting the sincerity of their indignation over the Temple Mount, Aharish ended by blasting them for their part in the violence.
“You are inciting thousands of young people to go to the streets,” she said. “You are destroying their future with your own hands.”
As a result of her public positions, Aharish has been receiving a stream of hate-filled messages, including calls to have her killed or dismembered; and others calling her a “whore,” a “pig” and a “dog of the Jews.”
Aharish told Channel 2 that she will nevertheless continue to spread her message.