• Minister receives death threats for pro-Israel comments on Facebook

    By: Craig Lucie


    FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A local interfaith minister says after she posted a comment on her Facebook page in support of Israel, she received a death threat.
    Laurel Phoenix says she’s followed the conflict in the Middle East her entire life and she wants to make one thing clear about the latest attacks between Israel and Hamas.
    “I firmly believe that Israel should be defending itself. If Mexico was lobbing missiles or Canada, we would be defending ourselves,” Phoenix says.
    Phoenix says she likes to show her support for Israel by posting comments on her public Facebook page.
    “This was my post, I said 'Any posts or replies not in position to stand for Israel will be deleted immediately and the poster will be banned for life. I firmly believe that after centuries of anti-Semitism, abuse, slavery and neglect it's high time Israel defend herself with whatever means necessary,” explained Phoenix.
    Phoenix says after that post, she received one comment that stuck out.

    “The first post was a foot-stomping on an Israel flag that says ‘Go to hell!’” Phoenix says.
    That comment was followed by a threat from the same man who says he lives in Malaysia. His Facebook name is Mohd Affan Mohd Rosli.
    “It’s your turn next, being killed by the Muslim bullet. Stand by and prepare for the hell,” Phoenix said when reading his post.
    Phoenix called Alpharetta police and they wrote on their report that terroristic threats were made.

    Phoenix says the responding officer told her they would step up patrols near her home.

    She also says this is the first time this man has posted on her page and now it’s the last since she blocked him.
    We reached out to the man who made the threat and have not heard back.

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