Courageous Pakistani Girl

October 16, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

When a child is deliberately targeted for violence, it’s impossible to remain silent.

That’s the case with Malala Yousafzai.

Malala is 15 years old. She lives in an area of Pakistan where the Taliban are active.

Four years ago, she began speaking out about life there.

The Taliban, you see, didn’t want girls like Malala to get an education.

That’s the Taliban view of Islam.

Malala, though, was unafraid. She continued to demand the right to an education, and for that matter to dress as she pleases.

Last week, while riding home on a school bus, Taliban gunmen shot Malala in the head and neck.

Today, Malala is in critical condition in a British hospital, flown from Pakistan.

At AJC, we pray for her full recovery and the return of her courageous voice.

And we urge Pakistan to get serious -- and crack down hard on those who’d try to kill a young girl for insisting on her right to go to school.


This is David Harris of AJC.
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