Muslim, Zionist and proud

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    May 01, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    Muslim, Zionist and proud

    His father praised Hitler, but Kasim Hafeez writes about love for Israel, Jewish people


    by Kasim Hafeez
    04.25.2012

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4220976,00.html

    I am a Zionist, a proud Muslim Zionist, and I love Israel, but this was not always the case. In fact, for many years I was quite the extreme opposite. I experienced the high levels of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activity taking place on British university campuses, because I was the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel activist.

    Growing up in the Muslim community in the UK I was exposed to materials and opinions at best condemning Israel, painting Jews as usurpers and murderers, and at worse calling for the wholesale destruction of the "Zionist Entity" and all Jews. In short, there was no accommodating a Jewish State in the Middle East.

    grow up around this constant barrage of hatred directed at Israel has a massive effect on an individual’s own opinions. More disturbingly, many of these people weren’t radical or extreme, but when it was about Israel the most vicious of rhetoric poured out, coupled with the casual anti-Semitism that seemed too prevalent, when the phrase "stop being a Jew" used as an insult.

    My father, however, was much more brazen in his hatred, boasting of how Adolf Hitler was a hero, his only failing being that he didn't kill enough Jews.

    By the time I had reached 18 I was completely indoctrinated to the fold of radical Islamism. My hate for Israel and for the Jews was fuelled by images of death and destruction, set to the backdrop of Arabic melodies about Jihad and speeches of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah or Osama Bin Laden.

    These views were reinforced when I attended Nakba Day rallies, where speakers predicted Israel's demise as Hezbollah flags were waved proudly in the centre of London.

    ...As I read Dershowitz’s arguments and deconstruction of many lies I saw as unquestionable truths, I searched despairingly for counter arguments, but found more hollow rhetoric that I’d believed for many years. I felt a real crisis of conscience, and thus began a period of unbiased research. Up until that point I had not been exposed to anything remotely positive about Israel.

    Now, I didn't know what to believe. I'd blindly followed others for so long, yet here I was questioning whether I had been wrong. I reached a point where I felt I had no other choice but to see Israel for myself; only that way I’d really know the truth. At the risk of sounding cliché, it was a life-changing visit.

    I did not encounter an apartheid racist state, but rather, quite the opposite. I was confronted by synagogues, mosques and churches, by Jews and Arabs living together, by minorities playing huge parts in all areas of Israeli life, from the military to the judiciary. It was shocking and eye-opening. This wasn't the evil Zionist Israel that I had been told about.


    After much soul searching, I knew what I had once believed was wrong. I had been confronted with the truth and had to accept it. But I had a bigger question to confront, what now? I’d for years campaigned against Israel, but now I knew the truth.

    The choice was obvious: I had to stand with Israel, with this tiny nation, free, democratic, making huge strides in medicine, research and development, yet the victim of the same lies and hatred that nearly consumed me.

    Doing this is not easy and that’s something that has become very obvious. I have faced hostility from my own community and even some within the Jewish community in the UK, but that’s the reality of standing up for Israel in Europe today. It is not easy, and that’s what makes it so necessary.

    This isn’t about religion and politics; it’s about the truth.

    When it comes to Israel, the truth is not being heard, the ranks of those filed with blind hatred continue to swell, yet many have not been exposed to the reality, away from the empty rhetoric and politically charged slogans they are so fond of.

    We can change this situation but we need to be strong and united. Israel is not just a Jewish issue - it’s about freedom, human rights and democracy, all the values that Western nations cherish. It’s also about trying to be a light among nations.

    Israel’s international humanitarian aid work speaks for itself, but if we don’t get the message out there, no one will. We don’t have to be head-bowed apologists leading with: "Israel’s not perfect…" - we should never be afraid to say: "I am a Zionist and I’m proud". I stand with Israel.
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    May 01, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    And another giant

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    May 04, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    Another pro-peace message of understanding:

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    Jul 09, 2012 1:55 PM GMT


    Check out the hot dancer at the 1 min mark (and more dancing after that).
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    Jul 09, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    As sxydrkhair already mentioned it to us so many time... Caeasea4 ignores it.

    "It was always a nationalistic conflict, from the beginning.

    Religion did start to become part of the situation, but it wasn't until maybe 10-15 years ago. That conflict is based upon Jewish-Muslim conflict over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But that's a whole other story that has to do with over who has the right to the holy site of Jerusalem, not really about the Palestinian-Israeli situation. But that has come to be apart of the situation as well, but not the main part at all.

    Like I said, it's nationalistic.

    Zionists come in all religions, and Palestinians and their supporters come in all religions.

    It's 2 nationalities that clash." - sxydrkhair

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/443394?forumpage=5


    So why don't you Zionists go fuck yourself. You are no better than anyone esle.
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    Jul 10, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    Talk about quoting yourself, ianct quoting sxydrkhair? ROTFL.

    Are you saying it only became a religious conflict when there was talk of peace and it needed to be opposed?

    So you mean that for the ISLAMIC Republic of Iran, for Hizbullah (the Islamic "Party of God"), for HAMAS (the "Islamic Resistance Movement") for Islamic Jihad, for Al Qaida, etc., it's "nationalistic"?!

    Is that why even the ostensibly secular PA has instituted Sharia law as the highest in the land?

    Look, instead of trying to push this on RJ, why don't you tell this to those groups?!
    Tell them they can go home and take care of their families rather than seek Israel's destruction.
    Deal?
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    Jul 10, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    A very interesting discussion: