The blogger who celebrated the death of an American ISIS hostage

Anti-Muslim American blogger celebrates the death of a human rights activist.


Dell Cameron


Published Feb 11, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 1:40 pm CDT

Some people just reek of desperation. They’ll slander anyone—alive or dead—to get a little attention. The more vile the better, it seems. It’s sad really.

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Such is the case of conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel, who took to her poorly designed website on Tuesday to spit on the grave of a human rights activists who died violently last week at the hands of terrorists.

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“No tears for the newly-departed Kayla Mueller, the ISIS hostage whose parents confirmed today that she is dead,” Schlussel wrote.

Schlussel is a member of what the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.” In a 2011 blog post, she celebrated the idea of killing every Muslim on the planet. 

Kayla Mueller, on the other hand, was a self-sacrificing American, who dedicated years of her life to overseas humanitarian projects. For three years she volunteered with the Save Darfur Coalition, a group that raises awareness of ethnic cleansing in Sudan’s western region. Before that, she was a Big Sister. She was in Syria when they took her, working with Support to Life, an agency that provides relief to disaster-stricken communities. She’d only been in the country for one day.

In Schlussel’s blog, “Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch,” she calls Mueller a “piece of crap,” who helped Palestinians “harass Israeli soldiers.”

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Schlussel hatred for Mueller stems from the activist’s work with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a group which supports the Palestinian cause. For a time, Mueller lived with a family in annexed East Jerusalem, “to try and prevent the takeover of their home by Israeli settlers.” Her work included escorting children to school to prevent their harassment.

The settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which have expanded greatly under current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are considered illegal under international law.

ISM was made famous after the death of American activist Rachel Corrie. She was killed in 2003, struck by an armored Israeli Defense Force bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian home.

“As I noted last week and many other times on this site, I have no sympathy for any of these ‘American’ (in name only!) hostages of ISIS,” Schlussel wrote, expanding her vitriol to include photojournalist James Wright Foley, and Time journalist Steven Joel Sotloff, beheaded by ISIS militants in August and September of 2014, respectively. 

“My attitude when I hear they’ve been snuffed out is, so sad, too bad,” she continued. “Every single one of these hostages has been a leftist America-hater.”

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Schlussel, whose website photo is so heavily photoshopped it looks nothing like her, ends her rancorous post by calling Mueller’s death “poetic justice.”

Unfortunately, Schlussel isn’t the only conservative to blame Mueller’s death on something other than ISIS. Former Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak added his two-cents on Tuesday:

Pollak defended his statement Wednesday on Twitter, saying: “What’s sad is ‘saving the world’ does not seem to include Jews these days.” And later telling a Mediaite editor: “You forgot the numerous times I mourned her death, too.”

Screengrab via Talking Points Memo

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*First Published: Feb 11, 2015, 10:48 pm CST