by Laura Stuart
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
Yesterday Ynet published an article about Kasim Hafeez, a U.K. -born Pakistani Muslim who loves Israel. We don’t have much information on just who Kasim Hafeez was before his current celebrity, but I feel sure he was someone very banal. How then did he propel himself onto the pages of an Israeli newspaper?
The answer is really quite simple: by claiming to be a Muslim Zionist. Just how he reconciles his love of Israel with the reality of occupation and ethnic cleansing, is something he never bothers to explain. His metamorphosis from self-proclaimed budding jihadist to Israel-lover came after reading a book by Alan Dershowitz of all people! Dershowitz as we know, has worked tirelesly in attempting to label Gilad Atzmon’s book “The Wandering Who” as anti Semitic. Read about it here.
Definitely Kasim Hafeez is an extremist – a true extremist in the real meaning of the word. He also seems rather unstable. For example, he claims the following:-
When speaking to predominantly Jewish audiences, Kasim Hafeez often begins by saying the following words: “When I was in university, I would have gladly killed every one of you.”
But do I really believe him? How many students who were born in the U.K. really want to kill Jews? Many of us hate the actions of the Israeli state, but his story of his radicalisation at Uni just seems a bit too convenient at a time when Jewish pro-Israel lobby groups are trying their best to oppress University Islamic Societies. A quick look at the pro- Israel, Islamophobia award-winning Harry’s place blog is educational as they openly discuss their tactics for controlling exactly which Islamic scholars get to speak to Muslims on Britain’s University Campuses.
Personally, I think if I found myself sharing hall space with Kasim Hafeez I would back carefully towards the exit – and this is largely due to his evidently unstable nature. His supposed upbringing by an anti-Semitic father who didn’t think Hitler did a good enough job of killing Jews followed by his radicalisation at university followed by his visit to Israel where he apparently fell madly in love with the Jewish State – his life story seems just a bit too fantastic and I must confess I am very sceptical about it.
I really don’t know why he chose to make this 180 degree turn from one extreme to the other although I suspect he may have found money and celebrity a huge motivator. I really fail to see why the Israelis are so excited about someone who can make such sudden changes of heart. What if he wakes up tomorrow feeling like killing Jews again?
After all, with someone that unstable you never know.
مُّذَبْذَبِينَ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ لَآ إِلَىٰ هَٰٓؤُلَآءِ وَلَآ إِلَىٰ هَٰٓؤُلَآءِ ۚ وَمَن يُضْلِلِ ٱللَّهُ فَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُۥ سَبِيلًۭا
Wavering between them, [belonging] neither to the believers nor to the disbelievers. And whoever Allah leaves astray – never will you find for him a way.