A member of the NSW government is being investigated following a LinkedIn rant appearing to defend Hamas terrorism and accusing Israel of genocide.
Farah Abdurahman, an employee who works as a senior media advisor for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, published a lengthy criticism of the Israeli government on Wednesday following a hospital bomb explosion of Gaza which cost the lives of nearly 500 people.
Hamas blamed the attack on the Israeli military, but Israel said it was the result of a failed rocket launch by Palestinian Islamic Jihad – a claim US President Joe Biden also supports.
But Ms. Abdurahman seemed to have no doubt about the identity of the author of this deadly strike in a long message published on LinkedIn, pointing the finger at Israel.
“This morning, the Gaza hospital was bombed in what can only be described as a deliberate attack on civilians,” Ms. Abdurahman wrote.
Farah Abdurahman (pictured), an entrepreneur who works as a senior media advisor for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, published a lengthy criticism of the Israeli government on Wednesday following the bombing ‘a bomb in a Gaza hospital, which claimed the lives of nearly 500 people
Ms. Abdurahman’s now-deleted LinkedIn post sparked outrage because she appeared to defend the actions of Hamas terrorists (pictured above and below).
“To say I’m triggered is an understatement.
“I sat in utter despair and disbelief as not only our own government, but every Western democratic country on this planet sat idly by while the Zionist political movement in Israel committed genocide.”
Ms Abdurahman, who previously worked as a journalist for the now-defunct Television Sydney and describes herself as a “human rights activist”, later cast doubt on widely reported claims that Hamas terrorists allegedly raped women and beheaded babies.
“Whether firstly Islam has clear rules of engagement in our book of faith regarding war which prohibits the desecration of a body and, furthermore, whether consensual sex outside of marriage is punishable by lashes or stoning to death, then why and how would this alleged rape take place? ” she asked.
The media adviser called on the population to “put their foot on the neck of the Zionist movement which is at the origin of these atrocities”.
She also called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “end the occupation” and demanded that he be “tried for war crimes.”
“If you stifle a people under the most harmful constraints of apartheid for 75 years and expect them to remain passive, then you are wrong,” she wrote in an apparent defense of the apartheid’s attacks. Hamas against Israel which left nearly 1,500 dead, including babies.
“Justice will be served.”
The Australian Jewish Association shared screenshots of Ms Abdurahman’s now-deleted post.
“If confirmed, then this dirty work must be sacked immediately and the hiring policies of NSW government departments must be investigated,” the association wrote.
A Palestinian woman reacts as others rush to search for victims in the rubble of a building following an Israeli strike in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 17.
A spokesperson for the Department of Communities and Justice told Daily Mail Australia it expects a “high level of behavior from staff”.
“This extends to staff activity on social media.
“DCJ Secretary Michael Tidball reviews a social media post, made by a contractor, relating to the situation in Israel and Gaza in light of the department’s social media and employment policies .”
Following the furore, Ms Abdurahman deleted the post along with her last name and profile picture from her LinkedIn account.
She has now added a disclaimer: “All views expressed are explicitly my own and do not represent those of any organizations with which I may be affiliated.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Abdurahman for comment.