Australians plan vigil in memory of murdered 21-year-old Israeli-Arab

Melbourne police said on Thursday afternoon that Maasarwe had been seriously assaulted, but are still trying to determine the exact cause of death.

By
January 18, 2019 03:30
1 minute read.
Yahrtzeit candle [Illustratvie]

Yahrtzeit candle [Illustratvie]. (photo credit: ELIPONGO/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Activists in Australia have planned several memorials and vigils across Melbourne, to take place on Friday, in memory of 21-year-old Israeli-Arab student Aiia Maasarwe who was murdered while on her way home from a comedy show in Melbourne in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Ahead of the memorial events, several groups have called for an end to the “epidemic of violence against women.”
Memorials are set to take place on the steps of the Victoria Parliament building on Friday evening and roses will also be placed the tram in which Maasarwe was believed to have been traveling in while on her way home.

Co-organiser of the vigils, Jessamy Gleeson told Australia's SBS News that was "shattered and heartbroken," as she had organized a similar event just six months ago for a 22-year-old comedian who was killed in a similar manner while on her way home from a show.

There are a lot of things that need to change... and a lot of these changes can start with the government itself and the choices they choose to make," she said.

"We want women to be safe and be able to walk home without being attacked," she said.

Melbourne police said on Thursday afternoon that Maasarwe had been seriously assaulted, but are still trying to determine the exact cause of death.


Maasarwe was on the phone with her sister when she was attacked. Her sister heard the sound of a fall and some voices over the phone, so she alerted authorities.

Homicide detectives have called on anyone who had seen anything suspicious in the area between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Tuesday to contact police.


Israel’s Consul in Canberra, Nir Rubinoff, together with the Department for Israelis Abroad in the Consular Affairs Department and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are assisting in the transfer of the body for burial in Israel.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

February 23, 2019
Jewish Agency, Spirit of Israel, launch scholarships to help the poor

By JPOST.COM STAFF