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Yassmin Abdel-Magied says she was treated unfairly over her Anzac Day post

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Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has spoken out about her controversial Anzac Day Facebook post.

Abdel-Magied faced backlash and criticism after posting a status to Facebook on Anzac Day which read “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...)”.

Speaking to 60 high school students at the Sydney Writers Festival yesterday, Abdel-Magied said she was left confused by the double standards presented by some of her critics.

“I posted an apology very quickly afterwards, but one of our senior cabinet members said ‘Well Yassmin is un-Australian for saying this’,” Abdel-Magied said, The Australian reports.

“Another dude wrote a whole article about how Anzac Day is problematic, what do you think about that? And the same person who just criticised me as unAustralian said ‘Well he’s allowed to say what he thinks’. Why is he allowed to say what he thinks and I’m not — I don’t know.”

Abdel-Magied faced an onslaught of criticism on social media, and was also called out by a handful of public figures who wanted her sacked from the ABC.

“I am disgusted to actually hear about Yassmin Abdel-Magied's comments on social media,” One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said in a Facebook video.

“I just think she has no understanding, she has no idea, yet the federal government's paying her to travel the world to promote her book and she's been on the Australian 100-year commemoration to represent the youth, she wouldn't have a clue.”

Broadcaster Alan Jones also joined in the tirade, describing her as "un-Australian".

"The woman is silly, she's insensitive, she's inexperienced, she's obviously pretty un-Australian and she obviously lacks a fair amount of courage because she wasn't prepared to face up to what she'd said and defend what she'd said," he said.

Feminist writer Clementine Ford was among the voices who defended Abdel-Magied, sharing screenshots of comments being posted on the activist’s Facebook page.

“I actually hope you are attacked with acid,” one user wrote.

“You need a bullet,” another wrote.

Ford was quick to criticise the comments.

“To be clear, Yassmin's benign seven word post was her exercising the freedom of speech these people claim 'our diggers' died for. Either they support what that objective was for or they don't,” she wrote. 

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