British Muslim Zionist pulls no punches

Canadian Jewish News:

Myron Love, Prairies Correspondent, Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kasim Hafeez [Myron Love photo]

WINNIPEG — Kasim Hafeez has seen the truth and, in an address to a largely Jewish audience at the Asper Jewish Community Campus on Feb. 6, he pulled no punches.

Wahhabism, the Saudi Arabian version of Islam, is little different than Nazism, Hafeez said.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should be facing war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, he said.

Anti-Zionism is code for antisemitism, he said.

The Islamic concern for Jerusalem is purely political, he said. Until the creation of Israel, Jerusalem was unimportant to most Muslims.

And often, he noted, those who claim to be pro-Palestinian are just anti-Israel.

Hafeez, 29, a British-born Muslim of Pakistani origin, knows of what he speaks.

Until just a few years ago, he was part of that Jew-hating Muslim world. He was even ready to go to Pakistan to train as a terrorist.

His worldview began to change after stumbling across a copy of Alan Dershowitz’s book, A Case for Israel. “I figured it was just Zionist propaganda,” he said of the book. “I thought I would read it and be able to refute it all.”

Instead, Hafeez found that Dershowitz’s arguments challenged all of the myths about Israel and the Jews that he grew up with. And, he said, he couldn’t find any Muslim sources who could refute Dershowitz’s points.

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

8 Replies to “British Muslim Zionist pulls no punches”

  1. Wow, a righteous Muslim and Zionist. Oh God I wish more would bravely step up like this gentleman did. How refreshing for a change. This reminds me of Walid Shoebat’s epiphany, only without the conversion. Also this brings to mind a BNI blog topic about a week ago concerning Israeli Bedouins who’s family traditions include serving in the IDF. It is good to hear of such things though I still cannot quite grasp why people such as Kasim Hafeez, or even Dr. Zhudi Jasser would still practice islam given our understanding of it, but if they are genuine and sincere, and not inclined towards supremacism, then that is quite alright with me.

  2. This might sound paranoid but, deception is the only weapon muslims really posess. A cadre of believers who vocally refute everything about jihadism, and the barbarism of the extremists would be necessary to maintain an image of muslim diversity of outlook and opinion. A quietist muslim population providing a thick canopy for their jihadist to hide in, and with which to confuse authorities.

  3. Eeyore,

    Yes, that’s what I think.

    Here’s the text of the whole article:

    WINNIPEG — Kasim Hafeez has seen the truth and, in an address to a largely Jewish audience at the Asper Jewish Community Campus on Feb. 6, he pulled no punches.

    Wahhabism, the Saudi Arabian version of Islam, is little different than Nazism, Hafeez said.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should be facing war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, he said.

    Anti-Zionism is code for antisemitism, he said.

    The Islamic concern for Jerusalem is purely political, he said. Until the creation of Israel, Jerusalem was unimportant to most Muslims.

    And often, he noted, those who claim to be pro-Palestinian are just anti-Israel.

    Hafeez, 29, a British-born Muslim of Pakistani origin, knows of what he speaks.

    Until just a few years ago, he was part of that Jew-hating Muslim world. He was even ready to go to Pakistan to train as a terrorist.

    His worldview began to change after stumbling across a copy of Alan Dershowitz’s book, A Case for Israel. “I figured it was just Zionist propaganda,” he said of the book. “I thought I would read it and be able to refute it all.”

    Instead, Hafeez found that Dershowitz’s arguments challenged all of the myths about Israel and the Jews that he grew up with. And, he said, he couldn’t find any Muslim sources who could refute Dershowitz’s points.

    He decided pursue this new line of research and read books by Sir Martin Gilbert and other pro-Israel authors. Then he decided he had to go to Israel to see this “apartheid, fascist” and “racist” country for himself.

    Not surprisingly – considering where he was coming from ideologically – he was immediately detained after landing at Ben-Gurion Airport. “Although I was held back for eight hours, I was treated with respect,” he recalled. “The guard kept apologizing and offering me coffee and pastries. I understood that he was just doing his job.”

    After leaving the airport, he found that people were friendly and helpful. He contrasted his reception in Israel with the religious pilgrimage that he and some members of his family had made to Mecca some years earlier.

    “I had never faced such racism before,” he said of his Saudi experience. “Because of our skin colour, we were purposely ignored. At checkpoints, our group was held up in the heat longer than others. My aunt was pushed away from an ATV machine by a Saudi woman who told her that Pakistanis can wait. And, if we had had Pakistani passports, our treatment would have been worse.”

    In Israel, Hafeez’s epiphany came when he stood before the Western Wall. “I watched Christians, Muslims and Jews peacefully and freely going to their places of worship and I burst into tears. I finally realized what Israel is all about – the only Jewish state in the world. It is about the survival of the Jewish People, their religion, culture and heritage.

    “I fell in love with the place.”

    It’s far from easy being a Zionist Muslim in England. Hafeez said he’s been marginalized by his community, and most of his family won’t talk to him any more (his sister, an aunt and his mother being the exceptions – although, he added, his mother is embarrassed by him).

    Nonetheless, he feels compelled to speak the truth and cut through the lies. That truth is that of the two narratives concerning Israel/Palestine, one is the truth and the other is a pack of lies, he said.

    “It was the Arabs, not the Jews who rejected partition in 1948,” he said. “It was the Arabs who attacked the new Jewish state. While I have sympathy for the Palestinian people, you can’t take their expressions of peace seriously when they are constantly showing maps of the land of Israel as greater Palestine.”

    He urged his audience to get the facts about Israel out, especially on university campuses, to be proactive rather than reactive. “Hold regular events that promote Israel in the best possible way,” he said. “And show people that Israel is much more than just the conflict. Show all the ways that Israel is helping humanity. Be proud of Israel, not apologetic.”

  4. He seems genuine. However, I do want to address the comments of Cameron. Yes it is possible this could be a leftist trick and what we have is the brown face that is here to prove the sightings of the moderate moslem are in fact real. My guess is that he will simply die in the swamp of muslim violence and intimidation and not be able to do his misinformation task if that is his job. So I feel that he could in fact be genuine and that if he is not genuine he will fail. However, he could also be genuine and really believe that Islam is the religion of peace. Some muzzies are totally clueless. In fact most are.

  5. Eeyore,

    I think that web the site on which the original article was hosted – the web site of The Canadian Jewish News – was taken down by hackers who, I think, were, and are, most likely, Russian or Ukrainian. The reason that I think that the site was taken down by hackers who, I think, were, and are, most likely, Russian or Ukrainian, is because I’ve experienced certain things on my blog (and, also, on my YouTube channels) which indicate that the site was taken down by hackers who were, and are, most likely, Russian or Ukrainian.

    I’ve written about some of this here.

    (BTW, and involved with this, I’ve mirrored the article on my blog.)

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