Report: Islamic Center in Israel Targets Jewish Women for Conversion
by Gidon Ben-zvi
Kafr Qara, an Israeli-Arab town 22 miles southeast of Haifa, plays host to an Islamic center that focuses on trying to convert young Jewish women to the Muslim faith, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Monday.
Named Dar Es – Salaam (House of Peace in Arabic), the center’s stated goal is to provide an introduction to the values and religion of Islam to any curious non-Muslims. The focus of its activity however, is to persuade young Israeli women to abandon Judaism in favor of the Muslim faith, Ma’ariv reports.
Dar Es – Salaam has no website and has virtually no contact with the media. Rather, according to reports filed by al-Jazeera and other Arab-language media outlets, the center relies almost exclusively on word-of-mouth to attract new potential converts, Ma’ariv said.
Young Israelis who wander into Dar Es – Salaam are given background information about Islam and taught lessons – in Hebrew – about Mohammedanism. Among the literature that’s tailored to the Jewish reader is a booklet called, “The Way to Happiness,” Ma’ariv reports.
One of the center’s most famous ‘success’ stories is that of a lady by the name of ‘Aisha’, an Israeli woman in her late teens to early twenties whose conversion from Judaism to Islam has generated a wave of publicity for the center as a result of her story being reported by various news outlets around the world.
In a lengthy video produced by Dar Es – Salaam – and cited by Ma’ariv – Aisha recently told her story to an audience, saying that, “It all began in 2008. I was suffering from terrible stomach pains at the time. A friend of mine who was interested in Islam sent me a video in which a Surah from the Holy Qur’an was read. [The moment I heard the Surah] My stomach pains suddenly began to fade. Once the Surah was completed, my aches returned. This was when I first grasped the power of the Holy Koran.”
In the video, Aisha goes on to claim that nowadays more and more of her friends are contacting her and that she is teaching those friends to pray. According to Aisha, many of them have taken the plunge and converted to Islam.
Aisha is imbued with the zeal of a true believer, Ma’ariv said. “We’re just getting started,” Aisha declares in the video. “I deeply regret not having been born a Muslim; I spent many years in the dark. I am sorry that Muslims are not out there spreading the religion, a religion so pure, so true. People from around the world are entering it [Islam]. Yet people who were born Muslim aren’t committed to the faith. I ask every Muslim to give of himself by spreading Islam.”