U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, sparked controversy Sunday when she tweeted a statement about Jewish American journalist Daniel Pearl implying he was responsible for his own murder by Al-Qaeda.
Powers spoke Sunday night at the 2013-2014 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA. Afterwards she tweeted:
Daniel Pearl's story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) February 24, 2014
Pearl was abducted and murdered in Pakistan in 2002 by British National and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. In a video of his murder, he said, “My name is Daniel Pearl. I'm a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA.”
Twitter users were quick to ask Power to elaborate on what she meant.
@AmbassadorPower To what "cycle of violence" are you referring? The man had his throat cut for being a Jew.— Zathras (@Zathras3) February 24, 2014
Thank you, @AmbassadorPower for taking the bold step to provide an example of the perils of sniffing glue.— Steve K (@stephenkruiser) February 24, 2014
Power did not elaborate or respond to the criticism. Instead she added another tweet on journalism.
We must be vigilant in protecting the rights of the press. 2013 = 2nd highest # of journalist deaths and arrests all-time. @DanielPearlFNDN— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) February 24, 2014