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April 6, 2017 1:13 pm

Israeli Arab Newscaster on Syria Crisis: ‘Where Is the Arab Leadership? Where Are You, Traitors? Have You Forgotten Your Own People?’

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Israeli Arab newscaster Lucy Aharish. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Arab newscaster Lucy Aharish issued an impassioned rebuke on Wednesday of regional heads of state over their failure to halt the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Referring to the suspected chemical weapons attack earlier this week in Syria — believed to have been carried out by President Bashar Assad’s regime — in which dozens of civilians, including children, were killed, Aharish said, in English remarks broadcast on Channel 2, “The images that once again struck us yesterday are no fake news, but rather old news.”

She continued, “There is one question that repeats itself — where is the Arab leadership? Where are you, traitors? Have you forgotten your own people?”

In December, Aharish aired an English statement in which she called the situation in Aleppo a “holocaust.”

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“I am ashamed as a human being that we chose leaders who are incapable of being articulate in their condemnation and powerful in their action,” she said at the time. “I am ashamed that the Arab world is being taken hostage by terrorists and murderers and that we are not doing anything. I am ashamed that the peaceful majority of humanity is irrelevant once again.”

The 35-year-old Aharish is known for having been Israel’s first Arab news presenter on Hebrew-language television. In 2015, she was among those honored with lighting a torch at the national Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, whose theme was “groundbreaking Israelis.”

Watch Aharish’s full remarks from Wednesday below:

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