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British and American media covered last week's horrific acid attack last week by Islamists on two British teenagers who were volunteering in Zanzibar, but failed to mention the fact that both are Jewish.

The two 18-year-olds, Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, are both Jewish and members of the Federation for Zionist Youth, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Sunday, citing a report in the London Jewish Chronicle.

Islamist groups in Africa have targeted Jewish visitors before. In 2002, Al Qaeda destroyed an Israeli-owned resort in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya. (That same year, Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl was targeted and executed by Al Qaeda in Pakistan.) The media noted that the recent attack in Zanzibar occurred in the context of local Islamist attacks against Christians, but did not indicate that both of the victims were Jewish.

Breitbart News covered the acid attacks as well, basing our own report on a report in the UK Telegraph that missed the potentially crucial detail of the two victims' own religious identity, which has now emerged.

The acid attack was not the first that the young women experienced. NBC News reported that one had earlier described being slapped on the street by a Muslim woman for singing during the month of Ramadan.

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Re: Media Failed to Reveal Victims of Zanzibar Acid Attack Are Jewish
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2013, 08:41:00 PM »
Some more info:
Two suspects have been arrested on Zanzibar in connection with the  acid attack as a hate preacher who went on the run after being shot by police was apprehended on the mainland.

Extremist cleric Sheikh Issa Ponda Issa has links to radical Islamist group Uamsho which police believe may be involved in the assault

Acid attacks have become the hallmark of the group which wants Zanzibar’s independence from Tanzania and Sharia law on the island.

Sheikh Ponda was shot by police as they tried to arrest him but escaped, bleeding profusely. He later surrendered and was being treated in hospital last night.

Witnesses said police surrounded him in Morogoro, 200 miles from Dar es Salaam, but were pelted with stones by his followers.

Officers were seen shooting into the air as a warning and it is believed Sheikh Ponda was hit in the shoulder by a tear-gas canister.

He visited Zanzibar in the weeks leading up to the attack on Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup and was seen encouraging his supporters to protest against ‘colonisation’ from Christians and inciting Muslim youths to violence.

The two suspects under arrest are among eight people brought in for questioning by police.
Read more at the Daily Mail
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Re: Media Failed to Reveal Victims of Zanzibar Acid Attack Are Jewish
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2013, 10:56:13 PM »
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