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Sherbini’s death: Firm stand needed

Sherbini’s death: Firm stand needed

Marwa Al Sherbini's brutal killing has "nasty racist undertones," according to one Arab News journalist.

July 15, 2009 11:47 by

Marwa Al Sherbini probably never thought she would one day be killed by a German of Russian origin. Nor could her husband have imagined he would come under fire from a police officer inside the courtroom for no reason other than that his skin was not white enough. It certainly never entered their minds that their child would be put in public care while his mother was on her death bed and father receiving treatment in a hospital.

Al Sherbini filed a lawsuit in a German court against the youth who shouted at her and called her a terrorist because she was wearing hijab. The man reacted when she asked him to give way to her little child. The court had been looking into the case for the last few months. Surprisingly, the defendant managed to bring a knife into the courtroom and attack Al-Sherbini. Within a few seconds, he had stabbed her a number of times. Her husband was also injured by a policeman’s gunshots because the policeman thought, according to one report, that her husband was the assailant.

The whole story has a nasty racist undertone, especially since the defendant abused her and accused her of being a terrorist, a description used for many Muslims in Western countries and sometimes even in their own countries.

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  1. Rima on July 15, 2009 8:46 pm

    If this scenario was the opposite and Al Sherbini was German been insulted in Egypt or Saudi for their personal believes or dressing it would be an extremely different reaction as Muslim countries governors have sold their people ages ago.
    While in the same time they are motivating their people to surround themselves with religions and religious behavior, and obviously they are not responsible on their own actions.
    Even the Egyption government waited for Iran to raise the issue about Al Sherbini being killed.
    We can not blame media in Muslim countries because it’s in the end fully ruled and monitored by government and if censorship was in its best situations in Egypt I believe media will be very busy covering crimes happening inside the country by government against its people .

  2. Amin on July 21, 2009 7:42 am

    I just pray for Peace of mind and understanding esp. among arabs.


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