Lauren Booth, the vehemently anti-Israel terror enabler known for calling Gaza the “world’s largest concentration camp”, complaining of starvation there while she ballooned in weight – as well as for being the sister-in-law of Tony Blair – has converted to Islam.
Broadcaster and journalist Lauren Booth, 43 – Cherie Blair’s half-sister – said she now wears a hijab head covering whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque ‘when I can’.
She decided to become a Muslim six weeks ago after visiting the shrine of Fatima al-Masumeh in the city of Qom.
‘It was a Tuesday evening and I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy,’ she told The Mail on Sunday.
When she returned to Britain, she decided to convert immediately.
‘Now I don’t eat pork and I read the Koran every day. I’m on page 60.
‘I also haven’t had a drink in 45 days, the longest period in 25 years. The strange thing is that since I decided to convert I haven’t wanted to touch alcohol, and I was someone who craved a glass of wine or two at the end of a day.’
Refusing to discount the possibility that she might wear a burka, she said: ‘Who knows where my spiritual journey will take me?’
Before her awakening in Iran, she had been ‘sympathetic’ to Islam and has spent considerable time working in Palestine. ‘I was always impressed with the strength and comfort it gave,’ she said of the religion.
Miss Booth, who works for Press TV, the English-language Iranian news channel, has been a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq.
In August 2008 she travelled to Gaza by ship from Cyprus, along with 46 other activists, to highlight Israel’s blockade of the territory. She was subsequently refused entry into both Israel and Egypt.
In 2006 she was a contestant on the ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity .??.??. Get Me Out Of Here!, donating her fee to the Palestinian relief charity Interpal.
She said she hoped her conversion would help Mr Blair change his presumptions about Islam.
Notice the timing of her decision – it seems to coincide with her decision to divorce her husband, who was left severely injured after suffering a motorbike accident (precipitated by an insensitive Facebook status change by Booth).
The question is did her interest in converting to Islam seal the deal as far as her marriage was concerned? Was she willing to care for her husband as an invalid, but not an infidel?
It looks to me like she traded one kind of morphine shot for another.
Update: Booth announcing her “reversion” live at the GPU.
Update: I just watched the above video in its entirety for the first time, and was disgusted by the way Booth exploited her daughter.
I said disgusted – not surprised – because as I was the first to blog over a year ago, she has exploited her children before.
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