Angry northern Israel residents protest murder of Israeli-Arab student in Australia

Hundreds of people are demonstrating Saturday in the Arab city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye in northern Israel, over the horrific murder of 21-year-old Israeli-Arab student Aya Masarwe in Melbourne.

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Protesters condemn the brutal murder and demand life imprisonment for the murderer.

A self-described rapper has faced court charged with the horrific rape and murder of Aya as she walked home.

Codey Herrmann, 20, was largely silent during a brief hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday afternoon.

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The magistrate told him: ‘It’s alleged you murdered Aya Masarwe and it’s alleged you raped that person.’

When asked if he knew what he was being charged with, Herrmann replied: ‘Yes.’

He was remanded in custody and will next appear in court on Monday after a mental health assessment.

Aya was brutally raped, killed and burned in an attempt to hide evidence, after getting off a tram on her way home while she was speaking on FaceTime with her sister.

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Her partially naked body was found in parkland near a shopping center on Wednesday morning.

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Aya’s heartbroken father Saeed broke down and cried while speaking to reporters at the spot where her body was found.

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