Conservatives Smear Slain ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller Because She Cared About Palestinians Too

26-year-old Kayla Mueller accomplished much before her death while in ISIS custody. She traveled the world, working for various international nonprofits. By all accounts, she was a big-hearted humanitarian and represented the best of America's values abroad.


But all of that is unimportant to a group of Islamophobic conservatives who took issue with Mueller's advocacy for the Palestinian cause – which included joining protests against the Israeli occupation.

Breitbart editor Joel Pollak tweeted that she idealized “the enemy that killed her,” conflating ISIS with the Palestinians:

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Meanwhile, far-right author Debbie Schlussel wrote a blog post titled “Kayla Mueller: Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch.”

As Matt Duss, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace tweeted, “Some people seem to be having trouble with the fact that Kayla Mueller’s Palestine activism was totally consistent with her Syria activism.”

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