Thursday, August 08, 2013
Jewish Teen Girls Victims Of Muslim Acid Attack
Two Jewish teens from Britain who were volunteering at a local school in Zanzibar for the summer were victims of acid attacks, leaving them with facial, chest and back injuries.
Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18 and both active members of the Federation for Zionist Youth (FZY), are from Manchester.
"The attackers approached the girls as they were walking on a street at around 7:15 p.m. and threw acid at them," Zanzibar Urban West regional police commander Mkadam Khamis Mkadam told Reuters. "The incident occurred when the streets were deserted as most people were breaking their Ramadan fast."
Television images showed one girl obviously in pain in the back of a car at the Zanzibar airport.
"The victims sustained facial, chest and back injuries from the acid attack," Mkadam said.
The two girls were flown to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania's capitol fir treatment and left today for Britain.
According to what one of Kristie Trup's friends, Oli Cohen, 21, told the Jewish Chronicle, "Katie was attacked two weeks ago by a Muslim woman for singing on Ramadan. She was shocked as it just came from out of the blue - but she wasn't scared enough to come home she stayed out there to finish her trip and volunteering."
Zanzibar, an Island in the Indian Ocean is part of the African country of Tanzania but is predominantly Muslim. It's known as a popular tourist spot but has been hit with a series of terrorist attacks mainly sponsored by the local Islamist group Uamsho (Awakening), which wants Zanzibar to separate from Tanzania and become an Islamist state under sharia.
Two Christian leaders were murdered early this year in separate attacks.
Reuters, of course, referred to this as a 'random attack.' It wasn't. There are literally thousands of these kinds of 'random attacks' involving Muslims. This was a deliberate terrorist assault aimed at two Jewish teens who were there volunteering to help the local, predominantly Muslim population. And frankly, I think their parents should have known better than to send them there.
Here's hoping the two girls recover quickly, but that both they and their parents have learned something.