Dr. Tawfik Hamid is an Egyptian medical doctor who also has a master’s degree in cognitive psychology. As a youth, he was a radical Muslim and joined a terrorist organization–Islamic Jihad–along with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri, who later became bin Laden’s deputy and second in command of al-Qaeda. Twenty-five years ago Dr. Hamid recognized the threat of radical Islam and the need for a reformation based upon modern, peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts. Dr. Hamid says that Islam is combative, sowing destruction and terrorism. Currently he is active in promoting peace and human rights, advocating peace with Israel, and argues that the suffering of the Palestinians is caused by their militant and fanatic leaders who want to exterminate the Jews and who use the suffering Palestinians for political and religious dogmatism. Hamid says that cynical manipulation by the Palestinian leadership is not only immoral, it works against the Palestinians. Those who need to change are the Palestinians.The solution is in the hands of the Palestinians. If they do not change the situation for the Palestinians, the suffering of the Palestinians will not come to an end.
Translated from Hebrew.


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