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From: John(HI) (cpe-66-91-206-147.hawaii.res.rr.com)
Subject:         Bridgette Gabriel Speech at Duke University
Date: August 26, 2006 at 2:40 am PST


Remarks of Brigitte Gabriel, delivered at the "pro-Arab" Duke University
Counter Terrorism Speaks-Out Amongst Anti-Israel Gathering

"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 were evil, Israel was 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's
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, Christians,
Lebanese, 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 I was sold a
fabricated lie by my government, about the Jews and Israel , that was so far from reality. I knew
for fact that, if I was a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched and thrown over to
the grounds, as shouts of joy of Allah Akbar, God is great, would echo through the hospital and the
surrounding streets.

I became friends with the families of the Israeli wounded soldiers: one in particular Rina, her 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 holds
my hand and pulls me back in without even looking at me. She holds me crying and says: "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 between a Moslem 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 verses civilization. It's democracy verses dictatorship. It's goodness verses 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 every where 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 Belsan.

They blame suicide bombing on "desperation of occupation". Let me tell you the truth. The first
major terror bombing committed by Arabs Muslims against the Jewish state occurred ten 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 Islamic 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 the "desperation" of "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 of Islamo-Fascism. It's time to all stand
up, and support and defend the state of Israel , which is the front line of the war against terrorism."

The stunned audience got more than they had anticipated. They got the truth instead of the
polictical correct anti-Israel and anti-evangelical rhetoric in which they are so accustomed.

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