Arab-Israeli Youth Movement Guide: ‘If Palestine Is Liberated Through Murder of Innocent People, I Hope It’s Not Liberated’
“If the liberation of Palestine is achieved through the murder of a mother in front of her children and through the stabbing and attempted murder of pregnant women … then I really hope it is not liberated,” wrote an Arab Israeli woman, Miriam Awad, on Facebook on Monday.
Awad, a resident of Haifa and a guide for the youth movement HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed (the General Federation of Students and Young Workers in Israel), was responding to Sunday night’s killing of 38-year-old mother-of-six Dafna Meir at her home in Otniel and subsequent knife attack on 30-year-old Michal Froman, a pregnant woman from Tekoa.
In an interview with Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday morning, Awad said that those Jewish Israelis calling her Facebook post an act of bravery “don’t know Arab society and think that condemning murder of and terrorism against innocent people is as though an alien came down from outer space.”
Awad also said, “We in Arab society are indeed in favor of a legitimate struggle against [Israeli] occupation, but one has to consider what kind of Palestinian state will be established. I am also a mother, and have no words to describe the type of person who enters a house and kills a mother in front of her daughter. If, after that [kind of action], a Palestinian state is created, what kind [of state] will it be?”