"Murdered backpacker's mother criticises Trump over 'terror' list:
Rosie Ayliffe says president is wrongly using daughter’s death in
Australia to further ‘persecution of innocent people’"
"The mother of a murdered British backpacker has accused Donald
Trump of using “fake news” about her daughter’s death to further the
“persecution of innocent people” by falsely claiming she was the victim
of a terrorist attack.
Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, and Tom Jackson, 30, were killed in a knife
attack at a hostel in Queensland, Australia, last August. Smail Ayad,
29, from France, has been charged with their murder.
On Monday the White House released a list of 78 attacks that it
described as “executed or inspired by” Islamic State to support a claim
by Trump that the media has been under-reporting terrorist atrocities.
The list, which was designed to bolster the case for Trump’s ban on
travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries, included the killings of
Ayliffe-Chung and Jackson.
In a defiant open letter to Trump, Rosie Ayliffe pointed out that police
discounted the possibility that the attack was terrorism related despite
reports that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the stabbing.
“My daughter’s death will not be used to further this insane persecution
of innocent people,” she wrote."
" “It’s the police who say it wasn’t a terror attack. That’s good enough
for me and it should be good enough for Trump,” she said.
She added: “He [Trump] is trying to justify his actions in not allowing
Muslims into the country from these seven countries. He’s trying to find
examples of terror and this just isn’t one of them."
"Ayliffe, from Cromford in Derbyshire, has repeatedly challenged what
she says is the myth of a connection between her daughter’s death
and Islamic fundamentalism. She suggested that Mia’s funeral should
include a reading from the Qur’an to help discount the myth.
Ayliffe, who wrote The Rough Guide to Turkey travel book, said: “I’ve
lived and worked in Muslim countries. And I was perfectly happy for my
daughter to travel in a Muslim country. She wasn’t killed in a Muslim
country. She was killed in a Christian country, by a French national.
It was not a racist, or a terror attack.”
[Mia Ayliffe-Chung apparently was of Eurasian ancestry and appears more East Asian than white.]
She added: “Trump hasn’t just got Mia’s death wrong. He’s got
everything wrong regarding Islam and immigration. What he really
needs to do is visit some of these countries and learn about their cultures." "
"She said of Trump’s travel ban: “This vilification of whole nation states
and their people based on religion is a terrifying reminder of the horror
that can ensue when we allow ourselves to be led by ignorant people
into darkness and hatred."
Will US President Trump put down Rosie Ayliffe (a white Englishwoman)
like he put down the Pakistani Muslim immigrant parents of Humayan Khan,
who was killed while fighting for the USA?