Incendiary letter writer Raya Rusho’s career as a part-time model and show biz extra has been jeopardised by her public displays of Israel bashing and Jew hating according to industry insiders.
“Racists aren’t chic,” one fashion industry observer explained to VEXNEWS. “This sort of thing is very corrosive to her brand. It’s just nasty,” they said on condition of anonymity.
VEXNEWS reported on Friday that the “Green architecture” enthusiast had been caught claiming in The Age newspaper that she had an “open mind” on the Middle East but that Israel was all bad all the time. VEXNEWS investigators discovered that Rusho had previously gleefully predicted the fall of “the Jews” and of Israel on a BBC website. This gave rise to the conclusion that – in the defence of jihad – she was willing to bend the truth just a little.
She wrote: “The Israelis have gained enough power and money to prey on those weaker than them. Itâ€™s only a matter of time before the Jews lose that power and money and they are left to fend for themselves. With this theyâ€™ll have a taste of their own medicineâ€¦”
WHY THIS MATTERS
Too many still buy hateful ancient anti-semitic propaganda about the Jewish people possessing vast money and power, in some vast international conspiracy. These blood lies were at the heart of Hitler’s Holocaust. Like all racial generalisations, they say a lot more about those propagating them than those they are describing. Â
From the struggling immigrants from Africa and Russia who are building new lives in freedom in Israel to the battlers in Orthodox Jewish families in East St Kilda with big families and big problems, any scrutiny of vicious conspiracy theories about the Jewish people easily yields the complex truth of a people who have endured immeasurable suffering and bigotry for centuries, with the normal mix of triumph and disaster experienced by everyone else (excluding pogroms and the Holocaust which we’d submit were uniquely dreadful). Â Israel’s own story is similarly complex and equally a victory over incredible adversity, in a land with next to no natural resources other than the ingenuity, determination and passion of its people, surrounded by neighbours sworn to their destruction and much of the world that stands idly by or worse.
That such vile prejudice comes so easily from the keyboard of a young woman clearly blessed and privileged with a bright future ahead of her is all the more confronting and distressing. Â Indeed, Ms Rusho declares herself to be “sexy” and “friendly” in her model’s profile.Â You don’t have to an uneducated, old, male fat slob to be an anti-semite.Â It’s not a comforting thought for those of us who vow “Never again.”
Rusho came rushing to her own defence yesterday, admitting the comments were her own but saying they didn’t make her an anti-semite because semites including Arabs too. She seemed particularly distressed at the publication of photographs of her drinking alcohol and outside known terror targets.Â
Despite conceding the veracity of our entire story, she still threatened to sue us for “Slander and Defamation”. Clearly no rocket scientist or legal scholar, we assume she meant libel and while we’d celebrate the chance to bring further attention to her moronic views and to explore the truth of our political comment, we doubt she’ll have the cojones to proceed.
Click here to see more of Raya Rusho’s portfolio. If a career in modelling is now out of the question in Australia, perhaps Hamas might try to lighten up its missile-toting terror image with a “Face of Jihad” campaign.