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Kasim went to Israel an anti-Semite and returned a Zionist and now works for CUFI… a must read story

kasim oneFor several years there has existed an exceptional level of anti-Semitism in some pockets of the world’s Muslim community. While growing up, one of the adherents to this narrative was a young British Muslim of Pakistani descent named Kasim Hafeez.

So ingrained was Kasim’s anti-Western attitude, that he spent his university years leading protests against Israel and the West, and eventually decided that violent Jihad was the only path for him. But the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had other plans for Kasim. Before acting on his Jihadist worldview, Kasim came across a book, “The Case for Israel” by Alan Dershowitz.

After spending months trying and failing to prove false the “lies” found in Dershowitz’s book, Kasim decided to go to Israel and see the country for himself. When he arrived at Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, he told the Israeli security officers precisely why he had come. Nonetheless, to Kasim’s amazement, he was granted entry into the Jewish state.

As he walked the streets of Jerusalem, he sought out his Islamic brothers and sisters, asking them of their experience living in the country he had been raised to hate but they did not hate Israel. He searched for the separate drinking fountains and bathrooms he had been led to believe existed in the “Apartheid state of Israel” but he found none. Instead he found an open and vibrant society where everyone is free to speak, worship, and live as they see fit.

Kasim went to Israel an anti-Semite and returned a Zionist. Everything he had been taught about the Jewish state was a lie. Instead of finding Israel detestable, he fell in love with the land and the people. And the passion that once drove Kasim to lead anti-Israel rallies at his university, now compelled him to stand up and speak up for Israel.

As a result, Kasim Hafeez has joined the Christians United for Israel team. He travels across the country speaking to those who believe the same lies he once believed. Last month, he traveled across the western US speaking at events in Idaho, New Mexico, California, Nevada and Utah and shared his miraculously transforming journey from anti-Semitism to Zionism.

CUFI letter the Daily Beast editors refuse to acknowledge

The following is a letter-to-the-editor submitted more than two weeks ago to the Daily Beast. Despite repeated efforts to reach them, the Daily Beast has neither responded to our emails nor have they published the letter. CUFI has always accorded the Daily Beast every courtesy; their failure to reciprocate is unfortunate, and as a result CUFI will no longer accommodate the outlet.  

To The Editor:

Re: “Meet Bibi’s New Tribulation-Courting, Jew-Converting, Demon-Exorcising American Allies

It was unfortunate to see the Daily Beast run Rachel Tabachnick’s latest duplicitous attack on Christian Zionism. Tabachnick has long demonized Christian supporters of Israel; however her past smear campaigns have been ineffective because even a modicum of scrutiny reveals that her assertions are simply untrue.

This may explain why Tabachnick, once so passionately dedicated to exposing the (long-debunked) end times motivations of traditional Christian Zionists, now labels such beliefs “passive,” and has chosen to create a whole new Christian oriented conspiracy theory. However, just as before, even a modicum of scrutiny reveals her dishonesty.

Tabachnick has essentially shifted gears away from the argument that Christian Zionists are bad because of their eschatology, to the (far easier to digest) argument that Christian Zionists are bad because they are trying to convert Jews.

Using a series of tenuous connections (at best), peppered with a bit of guilt-by-association, Tabachnick cooks up the conspiracy theory that the theological movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is out to convert Jews and that this is significant because “the NAR has steadily taken over the world of Christian Zionism;” an assertion for which she offers no real evidence, and which is of course news to the world of Christian Zionism.

The linchpin of her connection between Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and NAR is that “several CUFI directors, past and present, are part of the NAR leadership,” which is odd considering the NAR has no formal leadership and that not one alleged NAR leader Tabachnick  names is in any way involved in CUFI. Moreover, the first rule adopted by CUFI was that it would be a non-conversionary organization (a rule, even CUFI’s detractors have acknowledged, we abide).

There are of course other errors in her piece, but they aren’t worth our time – if past is prologue, once the NAR conspiracy theory falls flat, Tabachnick will be onto something else. Unfortunately, Tabachnick seems to believe that all Christian Zionists, by virtue of their faith, are anti-Semites. I hope the Daily Beast’s readers will recognize that believing Jesus is the Messiah does not make you an anti-Semite, it makes you a Christian; and to see the two terms as interchangeable, makes you a bigot.

By Ari Morgenstern, Communications Director for Christians United for Israel.

Mob shouting “kill the Jews” stormed into a London synagogue

london synA drunken mob of more than 20 thugs shouted “kill the Jews” as they stormed into a north London synagogue while young worshippers celebrated the end of the sabbath.

The anti-Semitic abuse was hurled by the group of men and women as they first beat up a young man outside before chasing him inside, breaking windows and attacking others.

Part of the chaotic incident in Stamford Hill was captured on video before the intruders were beaten back as the worshippers grabbed chairs to protect themselves.

Scotland Yard said six people – four men and two women – were later arrested on suspicion of public order offences and assault. Read more.