Nonie Darwish is the daughter of Mustafa Hafez, former head of intelligence in Gaza when Egypt controlled the coastal enclave. During this time, Hafez founded the Fedayeen, a terrorist group that launched raids across Israel’s southern border between 1951 and 1956.
Hafez was killed by an Israeli mail bomb when Nonie was only eight years old. He was declared a shahid (martyr), and Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser urged Nonie and her siblings to “avenge your father’s death by killing Jews.”
In 1978, Darwish moved to the United States and converted to Christianity—and that changed her life. She was interview by Israel Today reporter David Lazarus.
The full interview appears in the current issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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