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A week ago, I sent the the following email to “pro-Israel” Muslim activist Sarah Nasser:

Hi Sarah, I read about you in the Jerusalem Post and let me just say wow. You seem like a special person. It takes alot of courage to stick up for what you believe in the face of such adversity. I operate the weblog Israellycool (http://www.gravett.org/Israellycool/) and was wondering if I could interview you for it. If that is ok with you, I will send you some questions. Even if you do not agree to the interview, just know that many people admire what you are doing. Best Regards, David

Sarah replied:

Hi Dave, Thanks for the kind complement. Your kind words are a blanket of comfort in these cold times, where people try not to understand the truth. At this time, I am not giving any free exclusive interviews. I’ve been invited to many different media mediums to answer questions, however at this time, I don’t really want more publicity. If you have any personal questions, feel free to ask me, however you must promise not to publish them. Cheers! Sarah

I was somewhat disappointed that Sarah did not agree to the interview, but I could understand her sentiments. I decided to find out more about Sarah and her views. After googling until my lil’ hearts desire, I found some messages on Islamica Community, apparently posted by Sarah, in response to Muslim critics of Sarah’s supposed pro-Israel inclinations. Besides indicating why Sarah declined my offer to interview her, it also reveals a different Sarah to the one portrayed in the Jerusalem Post. In short: Sarah is not pro-Israel at all. She just happens to not be vehemently anti-Israel.

You are all welcome to my website www.sarahn.com . Have a kick out of knowing me better. The Media is a bunch of blood sucking liars, if you are smart, you would have figured it out by now. Don’t believe I said everything that was quoted in the articles. I didn’t. Most of the time, journalists make up stuff, and portray the elite affluents in a careless manner.

Lastly, being pro-Israel doesn’t mean I’m not pro-palestine. It’s funny that I never told a journalist that I’m “pro-Israel” yet they somehow work it into articles and somehow label me that way. By believing Israel has the right to exist, I did specify legitimately, which doesn’t mean that I even support the 48 or 67 borders. It was my first time with international media, so now I know to keep a far distance from the media, unless if I want to be portrayed carelessly.

I am not an Arab, nor am I a Jew (other than my name). Theoretically, it isn’t my business getting involved in the conflict since I am Canadian. In a true sense, I don’t care. Perhaps my real stance is that I am Anti-Palestinian and Anti-Israeli. I critisize both sides, however the media seems to only care about one side. I hate the palestinian people for killing innocent people. I hate the way they cheered for Saddam Hussein when he killed countless millions of Shia and Kurdish people. What kind of sick society celebrates for a man who killed over 2 million people (CNN said 2 million Shia’s, and there were many Kurds as well). The palestinian people have no right to gain any sympathy from me, unless they change thier attitude towards our brothers and sisters of faith and humanity who are Shias and Jews and even Kurds. I hate the Israeli people for supporting measures that kill innocent civilians. I hate the fact that right wing zionists can be very dangerous to society and portray a good people, as on the wrong. The Israeli people have no right to gain any sympathy from me, unless they change thier attitude towards our brothers and sisters of faith and humanity, especially to thier own Jews. Both sides are wrong. On a personal note, I care more about the innocent African’s who die every day. More Africans die every single day than all the Palestinians who died in the last few decades due to this irritating fight over land. The Attention, the publicity, the popularity… I really don’t care. I was offered a free all expense paid trip to Israel, and I went. I haven’t spoken to anyone about my trip, because it was personal. It wasn’t for the media, so the media will not know about it. I actually hate the media and publicity. I have recieved dozens of interview requests and invites onto shows. People want to write about me, and put me on front covers. If I really wanted attention, I would have taken those opportunities, but I didn’t. I said “NO” to every media after the Jpost. I do not like publicity at all, because I don’t care enough on the matter to want any attention for it. The verbal assaults and death threats were stimulated for the mere fact that I was just only talking to my Jewish friends. I didn’t participate in anything! As I talked to my Jewish friends, I was pathetically assaulted. I didn’t do anything Pro-Israel at all. I presume it was a sick mentality they brought back from thier homeland that muslims who don’t agree with them should be sworn at. My goal in life is to have the Canadian and US governments abolish therapeutic priviledge. Everything in my life is sparked by a reason. I feel very passionate about abolishing therapeutic priviledge, and I plan to get involved in politics, law, and medicine to do it. Israel and international politics is noise, in the clarity of my goal for personal glory and satisfaction. In my life, too much has happened. Most of it, you will never know, because I don’t share my history and my personal life to anyone. All except my three best friends, who know more about me than even my family. In truth, I would have given up my entire trip to Israel, to just spend 10 minutes with 1 of my best friends. Israel and the conflict doesn’t mean much to me when it comes to my personal life, and my goals. So thats me. I dislike attention and publicity, and I found it peculiar to be published internationally for something that isn’t particular to my goals. Some people believe that I don’t know enough about Israel, and I know that I don’t. No one has rationally explained to me with evidence that I should ever support Palestine. Those shia hating jew killers are probably a minority in Palestine, but the silent majority is being silent in support. There are many Muslim IDF soldiers who are actually Muslim citizens of Israel. They are not Druze or Beduins, they are real actual normal Muslims, in the raw, and they volunteer thier enlistment in the military. I have former IDF friends who know of Muslims in the IDF, I spoke to them. Not druze, nor beduins, and they dislike being called Palestinian, because they pride over being Israeli Muslims.

As I said before, the Israel Palestinian conflict is not something I really care about. I am neither Arab nor Israeli. I’m Canadian, and I care more about Canadian politics. I also love the United States very much. Secondly, since I don’t care that much about Israel, I don’t care to win or lose any arguments. I already know that I am not fully aware about all apects of the conflict, so therefore I don’t try and win any debates. Thirdly, I don’t do anything pro-Israel. I talked to my friends who happen to be Jewish, and some people from the Arab Student Collective let off some of their steam. A journalist asked me a few questions, and then bang, it’s in the international media. I found it very odd that people would take an active interest in my stance, when its something I don’t care much of. I care more about the innocent African people dieing, and about getting med supplies to needy places around the world. I care about fixing the healthcare system here in North America. I care about other endevors of personal natures that I don’t share with the general public.

Cheers to yall, sorry for the disappointment that I’m not really pro-Israel. Remember kiddo’s, never trust journalists!

If these messages did in fact originate from Sarah, then I think it is unfortunate that she was misrepresented, for her sake, as well as the sake of all of those pro-Israel people like myself who got carried away by her story. This is not to say that Sarah cannot provide a good example to her fellow Muslims. She clearly still has a more balanced view than most, and shows much compassion for her fellow human beings.

 

Update: I acknowledge that Sarah may be saying these things to placate a hostile Muslim audience, but is in fact pro-Israel.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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