Chelsea Clinton Blamed for New Zealand Mosque Attacks by Muslim Students
Clinton was visiting the vigil at New York University on Friday when she was approached
Muslim students confronted Chelsea Clinton at a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand mosques massacre, insisting she was to blame for the attacks.
Clinton was visiting the vigil at New York University on Friday when she was approached by senior Leen Dweik, which was caught on video.
"This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world," says Dweik.
"And I want you to know that, and I want you to feel that deeply - 49 people died because of the rhetoric you put out there," Dweik continues, pointing her index finger toward Clinton as other approve.
Clinton, who looked taken aback, responds by saying 'I'm so sorry you feel that way,' which only provokes the crowd more.
"What does "I'm sorry you feel that way" mean? What does that mean?" a voice comes from the crowd.
NYU student where angry about Clinton's accusation last month that Rep Ilhan Omar used 'anti-Semitic language' in an attack on Israel.
Omar came under fire for her anti-Jewish tirade that has been widely regarded as anti-Semitic, has invoked more criticism for suggesting some politicians in Washington are "pushing for allegiance" to Israel.
Clinton then condemned Omar's remarks, writing in a tweet: 'We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures do not traffic in anti-Semitism.'
Asaf slammed Clinton's criticism of Omar saying that she incited a 'mob' against the Muslim congresswoman.
"People haven’t forgotten the Islamophobic mob she incited against @IlhanMN. There is no sense of responsibility," wrote Asaf, who identified herself as a 'Jewish leftist' in her Twitter profile.
According to the Daily Mail: Asaf has served in the NYU student senate as Senator-at-Large for Marginalized Jewish Students, Student Activists, and Students With Mental Health Struggles, according to published reports.
Asaf wrote in a tweet that Dweik is a 'bold a** Palestinian Muslim woman' who 'doesn't have anything to apologize for.'
Her Twitter account has since been set to private.
Dweik was tagged in Asaf's post as Twitter user @vivafalastin, whose profile says she is an NYU senior and features the Palestinian flag.
Dweik wrote in a Twitter post about the vigil:
"I was on the verge of tears all day today and actually cried on my into and during prayer but the charade of a vigil where more non-muslims than Muslims spoke and Chelsea Clinton was invited made me so viscerally angry, and I will not apologize for that."
Dweik was identified in a November article as an Alternate Senator-at-Large for Middle Eastern and North African Students and Documented Non-citizen Students at NYU.
New Zealand officials confirmed at least 49 people had been killed, with another 48 victims, including children, being treated in Christchurch Hospital after a gunman or shooters opened fire on Friday prayers at two mosques.