Latest Version Of Lauren Booth’s Conversion Story
16:59 – Booth talks of coming to Tel Aviv airport wondering what she was doing there. But there’s no mention of getting cold feet upon landing, as she described here. There’s also now a mention of meeting Jamal the taxi driver, also strangely missing from previous versions.
In 2005, I went to Ramallah in the West Bank to interview of Mahmoud Abbas. I got cold feet on my flight to Tel Aviv. I was scared of Arabs. When the plane landed, I secretly hoped that the Israelis would send me back so I wouldn’t have to do the interview.”
22:24 – Booth talks of falling in love with the people of Palestine, giving an example of an old lady giving her a coat as a generosity she never experienced before in her life. But if this made such an impression on her, how come she did not mention it in previous versions? For instance, compare to this one.
I spent five days in the West Bank. I never experienced such hospitality! This instant and unquestioning generosity toward a stranger was something new to me. Old ladies greeted me with open arms as if they had known me all my life. “Welcome!” they said, hugging me. “We will protect you if there is any attack here.”
23:54 – Booth talks of going back to “Palestine,” including a story with an old lady and Jamal the taxi driver. Again, a story strangely missing from previous versions.
0:00 – Booth talks of getting her first Quran, as well as drinking wine in front of a devout Muslim, both events that left indelible impressions on her. Again, you’d think these stories would have merited mentions in previous versions. Think again.
16:27 – Booth says 44 people got on the boats to Gaza, as opposed to the 46 from a previous version.