Brigitte Gabriel – at Duke University

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Brigitte Gabriel‘s speech she made at duke university
“I’m proud and honored to stand here today as a Lebanese speaking for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. As someone who was raised in an Arabic country, I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic world.

I was raised in Lebanon where I was taught that the Jews are evil, Israel is the devil, and the only time we will have peace in the Middle East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them into the sea.

When the Muslims and Palestinians declared jihad on the Christians in 1975, they started massacring the Christians city after city. I ended up living in a bomb shelter underground from age 10 to 17, without electricity, eating grass to live, and crawling under sniper bullets to a spring to get water.

It was Israel who came to help the Christians in Lebanon. My mother was wounded by a Muslim shell and was taken into an Israeli hospital for treatment. When we entered the emergency room, I was shocked at what I saw. There were hundreds of people wounded, Muslims, Palestinians, Lebanese Christians, and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The doctors treated everyone according to their injury. They treated my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to her. They didn’t see religion, they didn’t see political affiliation; they saw people in need and they helped.

For the first time in my life, I experienced a human quality that I know my culture would not have shown to their enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis, who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments. I spent 22 days at that hospital; those days changed my life and the way I believe information, the way I listen to the radio or to television. I realized that I was sold a fabricated lie by my government about the Jews and Israel, which was so far from reality. I knew for a fact that if I were a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched and thrown to the ground as shouts of joy of “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) echoed through the hospital and the surrounding streets.

I became friends with the families of the wounded Israeli soldiers, one in particular, Rina, whose only child was wounded in his eyes. One day, I was visiting with her and the Israeli army band came to play national songs to lift the spirits of the wounded soldiers. As they surrounded his bed playing a song about Jerusalem, Rina and I started crying. I felt out of place and started walking out of the room, and this mother held my hand and pulled me back in without even looking at me. She held me, crying, and said, “It is not your fault.” We just stood there, crying, holding each other’s hands.
What a contrast between her—a mother looking at her deformed, 19-year-old only child and still able to love me, the enemy—and a Muslim mother who sends her son to blow himself up to smithereens just to kill a few Jews or Christians.

The difference between the Arabic world and Israel is a difference in values and character. It’s barbarism versus civilization. It’s democracy versus dictatorship. It’s goodness versus evil.

Once upon a time, there was a special place in the lowest depths of hell for anyone who would intentionally murder a child. Now, the intentional murder of Israeli children is legitimized as Palestinian “armed struggle.” However, once such behavior is legitimized against Israel, it is legitimized everywhere in the world, constrained by nothing more than the subjective belief of people who would wrap themselves in dynamite and nails for the purpose of killing children in the name of god.

Because the Palestinians have been encouraged to believe that murdering innocent Israeli civilians is a legitimate tactic for advancing their cause, the whole world now suffers from a plague of terrorism, from Nairobi to New York, from Moscow to Madrid, from Bali to Beslan.

They blame suicide bombings on the “desperation of occupation.” Let me tell you the truth. The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the Jewish state occurred 10 weeks before Israel even became independent. On Sunday morning, February 22, 1948, in anticipation of Israel ‘s independence, a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street in what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem. Fifty-four people were killed and hundreds were wounded.

Thus, it is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused not by “desperation” or “occupation”, but by the VERY THOUGHT of a Jewish state.

So many times in history in the last 100 years, citizens have stood by and done nothing, allowing evil to prevail. As America stood up against and defeated communism, now it is time to stand up against the terror of religious bigotry and intolerance. It’s time for everyone to stand up and support and defend the State of Israel, which is the front line of the war against terrorism.

Thank you.”

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15 Responses to Brigitte Gabriel – at Duke University

  1. Valentine says:

    I wish the world would open their eyes I met this lady many years ago & I also read her book

  2. Ken says:

    If only more women in the Middle East could speak for themselves. It’s really that simple.

  3. grace0307 says:

    May God Bless You and Protect You – for the rest of your life. You speak the truth when others simply remain silent and in fear.

  4. Will Ray says:

    I don’t agree with this lady because I know the nature of humans. There is nothing civilized about war period. How you fight is your rational. Ok if I kill you with kindness is that somehow better. I still killed you. If I say I will except your low standards for me and my family is that civilized. I get some of your points but to make another native people less human is agreeing that all Indian populations from the beginning of time are evil. No. They are your fellow humans. There is nothing more hostile to the Eco landscape than this current civilized society you glorify. You should have invited someone who could speak on behalf of the Arab culture. At least they call me brother which is far beyond a Israel citizens treatment toward me. Good luck. And god had nothing to do with this war violence we all no it well

  5. Andrea Smith says:

    God bless her.
    Israel needs more people to speak the truth.

  6. Alan Hoffman says:

    G-d has given you a gift and we thank you for using it for truth.


    All Israel

  7. Alina says:

    Thank you for standing up for Israel. You are an amazing, brave woman and you inspire me deeply!

  8. Lisa Kainan says:

    Just… wow. What courage she has. She truly understands what it means to be the “wrong” religion in a hostile area.

  9. You are a bright shining light into the the depths of evil hell. Thank you for your eloquent voice and courage. Stay safe, please,

  10. Sharon Pinsley says:

    from Jaffa with much love, Sharon

  11. what a wonderful person, more people should be like her.

  12. Wade says:

    She is attacked and slandered by Muslims all over the US because what she says is uncomfortable. She is a Lebanese Christian with all the problems that entails also. Over the last 2000 years our Sabbatarian people have been attacked by Catholics and Protestants and Muslims and Jews and we have had to fight back. Islam itself was founded by Sabbatarians and they were taken over by Paganised Arabs under the guise of the Hadith at the death of the Four Rightly guided caliphs. There will be no peace until the Messiah comes and Judaism and Hadithic Islam and Trinitarian Christianity are all subjugated to the laws of God. That is beyond the capacity of this world.

  13. juliemizrahi says:

    we need people like her to change the world. Thank you for having the courage to speak up

  14. Cici says:

    I admire your courage to stand up and defend what is right. May G-d richly bless and protect you.

  15. Brian love says:

    I am prepared to accept her words,and the sadness is there for all to read,my question is,why,and what is the reasons for so much hate towards the Jews,from the Arab world? And in fairness,an explanation,would be appreciated in respect of balance.What saddens me,is the effect of religion on certain people,which teaches you what to wear, what to eat ,what to think,body mutilation,and sadly who to hate,as an agnostic, I rely on common sense,fairness,a love for,and towards others and all things,and I feel fortunate that religion has not had the evil effect on me,as it has on others,may your God go with you,and hopefully lead you on the path of love,not war.

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