‘Arab kids are taught to hate America’

An Arab-American activist tells that she was taught to hate Jews and America.

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 13:03 PM IST

Washington: A hearing on homeland security heated up at the State Senate committee meeting in New York after an Arab-American activist testified that she was taught as a youngster to ‘hate Jews’ and ‘hate America’.

The Daily Mail quoted Nonie Darwish, director of Former Muslims United who was educated in Egypt and came to the US in 1978, as saying that the Arab children are taught that killing certain group of people are ‘good’, but also ‘holy’.

“It is horrendous. They don’t leave your mind to think for itself. You’re supposed to hate Jews. You’re supposed to hate America. You’re supposed to hate Western culture,” she added.

Senator Eric Adams, a Brooklyn Democrat, interrupted, gripped a Quran in his hand and accused the human rights activist of spreading ‘hate and poison’ at the hearing, which was held to study how vulnerable New York City is to another act of terror attack 10 years after the September 11 incident.

“This is offending this hearing by having her here. This is not our enemy. You’re bringing hate, hate and poison into a diverse country,” he said.

The incident frustrated some lawmakers.

“This, obviously, is her assessment, how she was brought up in life. It doesn’t have anything to do with the good Muslim Americans who live in this country,” Senator Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, said.