Sydney siege: backtrack over post that inspired #illridewithyou

Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, the two hostages killed in a dramatic 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney. Photograph: AAP

Gaps have appeared in the story that inspired the #illridewithyou Twitter phenomenon.

University lecturer Rachael Jacobs had originally posted a status on Facebook, explaining how she offered to protect a woman who felt uncomfortable wearing her hijab.

According to her story, Ms Jacobs had seen the woman beginning to remove her scarf, and ran after her, saying “Put it back on. I’ll walk with you.”

The exchange took place on a Brisbane train, while the Sydney siege was taking place in Sydney’s Martin Place.

However Rachael Jacobs has admitted that she “editorialised’’ parts of her story.

“Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage,” she wrote.

Detailing her thought process, Ms Jacobs now says she wondered if she even needed to help.“She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm!,” she wrote.

The hashtag continues to divide people on social media, with some lauding it as Australia’s way of combating Islamophobia.

Others say it detracts from the real tragedy of two people being murdered at Martin Place.

  • Exile1981

    Or maybe it never happened and the women who started the hashtag is a vile racist who would jump at any chance to make whites look racist so that it verifies her innate hatred of western culture.

    • Destroyer-Drone


    • Frau Katze

      Also a mental case.

  • mobuyus

    A classic liberal imbicile interjecting itself into a situation that is in no need of sanctimonious moral preening.While this liar plays hero of the year there will be others left to pick up the pieces.

  • Muslims should be embarrassed. Their “religion” is killing cult. And it is real good at killing babies. Good for you Muslims.

  • Destroyer-Drone

    Could the so-called “fear of anti-muslim backlash” have anything to do with the fact that muslims actually do have a lot to feel ashamed of deep down?

    Oh, but I am being mistaken. Only a racistislamophobicbigot is stupid and cowardly enough to ask these questions.

    When it comes to leftists: intelligence is stupidity, awareness is bigotry, bravery is cowardrice…and censorship is freedom of speech.

    • Minicapt

      It was something invented by concerned progressives c.12-15 Sep 2001, and it worked so well that the Mohammedans have continued using it at every opportunity.


  • WalterBannon


  • The Rolling Stone Syndrome needs a vaccine.