June 8, 2016 Special Dispatch No. 6465

Egyptian Journalist Condemns Tel Aviv Shooting: What's Heroic About Shooting People In A Restaurant?

June 8, 2016
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 6465

In a series of tweets on her personal page,[1] Egyptian journalist Bothaina Kamel, who tried unsuccessfully to compete  in Egypt's 2011 presidential elections, condemned last night's terror attack in Tel Aviv (June 8, 2016), in which two Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israelis at a restaurant, killing four. Kamel called their action a crime and said there was nothing heroic about it. In her first tweet, she wrote: "What's heroic about entering a restaurant and shooting people who are dining there [?]"    

The tweet sparked furious reactions from others on Twitter, who replied that Israel's actions against the Palestinians - "occupying the land," "expelling" people, and "besieging and starving men, women, children and the elderly and committing cold-blooded murder every day using every kind of weapon" - are also crimes. Kamel replied that Israel's actions are indeed "great crimes," but added: "Responding to one crime with another does not mean that the [one who responded] did not perpetrate a crime." In another tweet, she wrote: "Sadly, the weapons mafia is leading the world, and mankind is paying the price. There is no choice but to end this cycle of evil."    





[1], June 9, 2016.

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