Latest posts by Orim Shimshon (see all)
- Orim Takes On BDSHole Natalie Bennett - May 20, 2015
- Hi, I’m New Here, An Arab Zionist and Former Muslim - November 2, 2013
Hello everyone! I’m the guy in Dave’s last post (the pro-Israel one, not the other nincompoop!). Dave was impressed with my videos and asked that I join the team. I told him “Hell, yeah!”
Just to tell you a little about myself: I have an Islamic background and I went to Muslim schools in the UK, from age 7 to 16. When I first started, the indoctrination began, and I was taught to hate and demonize Jews and other “infidels” (but the main focus was on Jews). I was also warned against buying certain products, such as Jaffa oranges and many others. By the time I was 10-12, this was the height of my antisemitism. I was paranoid and believed everything I was taught.
In 1996, at age 14, there was a war in Lebanon. Hezbollah was firing rockets into Israel and Israel retaliated. Our Imam told us that the head of Hezbollah would march into Tel Aviv and then Jerusalem by the next week. Of course, a week later Hezbollah had suffered a humiliating defeat. Yet the Imam came out with the same rhetoric. Our Islamic teacher, though, had a different view – he was more despondent and angry, and told us that if we fight the Jews then it is ok ‘to kill them and to drink their blood.’
I could go on and on about the lies and propaganda fed to us, but that same year, I called the Israeli embassy (out of curiosity), wanting their side of the story. I soon lost interest.
The summer of that year, I started following football (soccer). The team I began to admire, Ajax Amsterdam, not only was founded by Jews but had the Star of David as its symbol. This didn’t matter to me as I was keen to learn more about the club and their history.
Moving forward to 1999, I was in Jordan and one day the neighborhood erupted in joy. I thought it was a wedding at first, but it turned out that there was a suicide attack in Israel. They started handing out sweets to us, and I went inside to see the tv and the carnage that was going on, while around me everyone was joyful. At this point I thought to myself “Aren’t we dehumanizing ourselves if we are dehumanizing other people?”
In 2003, there was the war in Iraq, the country in which I was born. Me and my friend were angry at the time, and started ranting about USA and UK foreign policies. My friend then blamed Israel. I objected and he started yelling at me. We argued, and he labelled me a Zionist. We started to drift away after that, but I decided I was going to recognize Israel and supports its existence, even though I didn’t agree with its policies.
In 2006, my friends came over from Amsterdam, and we were going to watch Ajax play at the Emirates Stadium. On the same day, my father asked me if i would like to join him at a Hezbollah demonstration, and I refused simply because I was more interested in seeing the game with my friends. But from 2003, I would wrestle with myself on the situation of Israel, since it was shoved in our faces here in the UK.
At this point, I met someone online, who showed me new things I had never seen before, especially Honest Reporting. I then did some extensive research, and realised that being anti Israel was most often antisemitism. Today it’s the boycott of Israel, but in the 1930s it was the boycott of Jewish businesses. There are many other examples like The Times newspaper with a cartoon of Ariel Sharon drinking the blood of a palestinian child. You get my drift.
Anti semites start their hatred against Jews and then they go after other minorities. Being a member of a minority group in the UK, it makes sense for me to stand with Israel, and expose the lies and propaganda. Furthermore, if we look at recent history in America, Jews were prominent for the rights of African Americans. In South Africa, Jews spearheaded the campaign against Apartheid. Over here in the UK, Jews were the first to stand up against BNP fascists.
So there you have it ladies and gentleman, my story in a nutshell. I am very happy to now be part of Israellycool, and I look forward to posting on here from now on.
But for now, here is my latest video, in which I take on Jenny Tonge and her supporters.