Tributes

This page contains but a fragment of the outpouring of tributes for Ali in the wake of his tragic passing. If you’d like us to add your tribute, please send it to rememberingali84@gmail.com.


Syria : Immense injustice and a fallen comrade

STEFAN CHRISTOFF

Early this morning in Montréal, signals from around the world were flooding in about Ali Mustafa’s violent death in Syria. A principled internationalist, thoughtful revolutionary and independent media maker, Ali’s beautiful spirit certainly lives on.
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Unforgotten Wounds: Remembering Ali Mustafa

DAVID McNALLY

Toward the end of his review of the moving film, 5 Broken Cameras, came words that stayed with me. Celebrating this documentary of one Palestinian village’s resistance to colonization, Ali Mustafa quotes its cameraman and co-director, Emad Burnat: “Forgotten wounds cannot be healed. So I film to heal.” So it was with Ali himself.
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Ali Mustafa

JUSTIN PODUR

I met Ali Mustafa a long time ago, when he was one of the younger activists in Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA). I was not so old as I am now but Ali’s energy and anger made me feel my age then.
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The Death of a Comrade

ALDO SAUDA

One aspect usually underestimated in revolutions is its emotional roller coaster effect. It brings with it euphoric joy, but also immense and overwhelming pain. It is perhaps so, because the of violence of counter revolution, that it takes away the best of comrades from amongst our ranks; the most dedicated, courageous, and committed of us.
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Against Indifference: In tribute to Ali Mustafa, a people’s journalist

DERRICK O’KEEFE and JAHANZEB HUSSAIN

On January 24, 2014, we interviewed Ali Mustafa live from Egypt on the Friday of the weekend marking the third anniversary of the popular uprising that captured the global imagination and put fear in the hearts of despots everywhere. Over a terrible connection and crackling phone line, Ali’s voice was difficult to make out as he described the scene: “the streets are empty, it’s almost eerie and ominous the way the streets are deserted.” The reception on the line was so bad we had to cut the interview short, promising to have Ali back on the program for a longer interview. We never got that chance.
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In Memory of Ali Mustafa

JESSE ROSENFELD

A committed and courageous journalist, Ali Mustafa died for the values he demanded the world engage with.
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Killed in Syria: Help Bring Ali Mustafa Home

ALEXANDRA ZAKRESKI

Ali Mustafa was a Canadian freelance photojournalist documenting the Syrian civil war. Mustafa was killed in Hadariyeh, a rebel-held area of Aleppo, by an explosion from a barrel bomb dropped by a Syrian government aircraft. Seven other people were killed in the bombing.
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Reflecting on the loss of Ali Mustafa

TIM GROVE

I met and became friends with Ali Mustafa in the lead up to the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. We were both part of the Alternative Media Centre, a hub for independent reporters, photojournalists, designers, film makers, and radio producers.
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Canadian Freelance Photographer Killed in Syria

ANDREW KATZ

Ali Mustafa, a Toronto-based freelance photographer and activist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Times and Radio Free Europe, was killed in Aleppo on Sunday while covering the civil war in Syria.
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Tribute to Ali

NEW SOCIALIST WEBZINE

We are extremely sad to report that Ali Mustafa, an editorial associate of New Socialist Webzine from Toronto, was killed today along with at least nine other people in an air strike by forces of the Assad regime on the neighborhood of Hadariya in Aleppo. Ali was for a time one of the editors of NSW, and continued to do administrative work for the publication while doing journalism in Egypt, Palestine and Syria.
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An Homage to Ali: Tributes to a friend, a comrade, and a people’s journalist

BASICS

Ali was a friend to many of us in BASICS and someone who touched a lot of people inside and outside of Toronto. As the corporate media laments the death of a Canadian photojournalist in Syria, we know that Ali was much more than that.  If he was killed in the line of duty, it was as a revolutionary and a people’s journalist in concrete solidarity with the people of Syria, not as a careerist with the backing and resources of a CNN or CBC  correspondent.  To many of us, Ali was far more than just another photojournalist — we know him as a caring and sweet soul, and a tenacious fighter for social, political and economic justice.
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SAIA York Statement on Ali Mustafa

STUDENTS AGAINST ISRAELI APARTHEID – YORK UNIVERSITY

It was with great sadness and a deep sense of loss to learn that activist and freelance journalist Ali Mustafa was killed along with seven others by a regime airstrike in Aleppo, Syria.
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