Wafa Sultan wants to visit Israel

Thursday, October 12, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Wafa Sultan, psychiatrist and former Muslim, who is a harsh critic of Islam, says she wishes to visit Israel and intends to do so in the very near future.

Sultan, a Syrian-American who no longer practices Islam and now considers herself a secular human being, has appeared on television on several occasions criticizing Islam and the way Muslims are acting around the world.

Sultan is mostly known from her February 2006 debate on the Al-Jazeera Arab satellite network where she harshly criticized Islam and claimed that it has been stuck in the 14th century, while the modern world has been advancing without them.

During the debate, Sultan gave the example of how the Jews gained the respect of the world after the Holocaust by hard work and not by terrorism, and called on Muslims to learn from them and follow suit. She also said that, "We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people." She concluded the debate by saying, "Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them."

Sultan, who was born in Syria, fled the country in 1989 and arrived in the United States with her husband. Because of her harsh criticism of Islam, Sultan is not welcomed in her native country and is in genuine fear for her life from Muslim extremists who seek to harm her.

Since the debate in March, Sultan has been barred from appearing on any other Arab networks, and now tries to send her message through interviews with western media outlets and through the internet.

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