Jun 5 2012
His father was a great admirer of Hitler, but Kasim Hafeez writes about his love for Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East.
YNET NEWS As a child, Kasim Hafeez often heard his father praising Adolph Hitler lamenting only the Nazi tyrant’s failure to kill even more Jews during World War II.
A son to a British family of Pakistani origin, he grew up in a fundamentalist Muslim community that called for the destruction of all Jews and taught him to believe that Israel is a terror state.
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.
But after years of taking part in anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic activity, Hafeez’s beliefs took an unexpected 180-degree turn. The man who now calls himself “a proud Muslim Zionist” has arrived in Israel for a four-day visit on Saturday as part of his effort to battle misinformation about the Jewish state.
“It’s a beautiful thing, Israel is truly a nation of all its citizens,” he added.
The activist and blogger’s perception of the Jewish state changed a few years ago, after he came upon a copy of Alan Dershowitz’s “The Case for Israel.” He now operates the Israel Campaign, a venture that aims to educate about Israel.
Hafeez said that the media in the United Kingdom demonstrates a deep bias against Israel, a phenomenon he says has a hand in turning the public against the Jewish state. “Israel can do no right in the UK press,” he said. “Israel is always wrong and everything has a very negative slant.
His mission, he said, is to prevent others from growing up brain-washed, the way that he did. “A Palestinian state never existed,” he said. “It’s a fact and people don’t know it.“