The mother of a British tourist killed in Australia criticized Donald Trump for including her daughter’s death on the list of jihadist attacks, allegedly poorly covered by the press and accused him of using it to demonize Muslims.
The US president accused the “very, very dishonest” media of “not wanting to cover” some jihadist attacks, without substantiating his statement.
The White House subsequently published a list of 78 “attacks” which it said were “executed or inspired by the Islamic State group”.
Several media including the BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post and Le Monde responded by posting links to their wide coverage of these attacks.
The list includes five “bombings” in Australia.
These include the murder last August of two British backpackers, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, and Tom Jackson, 30, a crime that was widely covered by Agence France-Presse (AFP) and many other media.
In an open letter to the American president broadcasted on social networks, Rosie Ayliffe, mother of one of the victims, condemns the established link between this crime and radical Islam.
“The possibility that Mia and Tom died in an Islamist attack was discarded from the very beginning of the investigation,” she writes.
A Frenchman, Smail Ayad was charged with this double murder committed at a lodge in upstate Queensland.
Australian police reported that the Frenchman had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greates, in Arabic) at the time of the events and during his detention but later noted that he had not detected any signs of radicalization.
“Any madman can shout Allahu Akbar by committing a crime,” writes Rosie Ayliffe, who claims to have traveled extensively around the Muslim world and found only “testimonies of respect and hospitality.”
“The demonization of nation states and their populations terrifyingly recalls the horrors that can occur when we let ignorant people lead us into darkness and hatred,” she continues.
“My daughter’s death will not be used to promote this demented persecution of the innocent.”