Rima Mutreja is an anti-Israel activist. Her public presentations consist of polished, no-holds-barred attacks against Israel dating back to Israel’s founding. Mutreja honed these skills as the campus coordinator and spokesperson for Palestine Media Watch, an online publication that “fights anti-Palestine bias in the media.”
Though Mutreja has made her opinions known largely through letter-writing, since 2004 she has become more visible, as has her PMW co-worker Rania Awwad. A member of the Media Task Force for the anti-Israel U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation, she has begun lecturing on campuses and leading workshops with Alison Weir about media bias against Palestinians. She also helped organize the March 2004 Washington, D.C. event commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of the International Solidarity Movement activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in 2003 while interfering with Israeli counterterrorism measures in Gaza and who has become the anti-Israel movement’s poster child. A few months later she was an active participant in the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, which tried to raise sympathy and money for Palestinian children wounded in the Intifada.
Mutreja was born and raised in Bombay and later moved to the U.S., where she became a human rights worker and took up the Palestinian cause, in part perhaps because, having grown up as a Muslim in Hindu-dominated India, she felt acute sympathy for the Arab Muslims. In a 2004 article, she lamented the media’s silence about the Gujarat massacre of 2002, when Hindus murdered 2,500 Muslims. Though Mutreja expressed hope that someday “we can overcome our religious prejudices for the sake of humanity,” she nonetheless placed blame for the hostilities squarely on India for treating Muslims as “second-class citizens.”
Mutreja brings the same simple, one-sided analysis to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Among the public statements she has made are the following:
This profile is adapted, with permission, from Stand4Facts.org.