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Former terrorist tells Palestinians they are suffering because of their terrible leaders

By Mason White 4:16 PM April 8, 2014
Dr. Tawfik Hamid 

By: Aryeh Savir
(Scroll down for video) A former terrorist said that the Palestinians living in the West bank and Gaza, are suffering only because of their terrible leaders, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid is a unique and solitary voice in the Islamic world.

He was a member of the militant al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya along with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri, who later on became the second in command of al-Qaeda and now heads it.

He stresses that he never actually committed an act of violence. Dr. Hamid is currently a Senior Fellow and Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Dr. Hamid has a medical degree in internal medicine, and a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and educational techniques. He writes that some twenty-five years ago, he recognized the threat of radical Islam and the need for a reformation based upon peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic texts.

Hamid believes that the real message of Islam has been hijacked by many people throughout history. Those people defamed Islam and portrayed it incorrectly.

He said that he started to preach in mosques to promote his message, and as a result, he became a target of Islamic militants, who threatened his life. Expressing his opinion on the peace accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Dr. Hamid places the blame on the Palestinian leadership.

He stated that the Arabs’ suffering must be acknowledged, but the source of their suffering is their own leadership. The PA leaders and Hamas are cynically and immorally using the Arabs’ plight for political and religious gain.
“One million Arabs live in Israel with the Jews and they are not suffering like the Arabs who are actually controlled by the Arabs. To be honest, you have to say that the Palestinian suffering is because of their leadership, not because of Israel,” Dr. Hamid said.

“The solution is in the hands of the Palestinians,” he said. “They have to take the decision to stop the suffering of their people.” He believes that the key to peace is for the Arabs to change their attitude towards Israel. “If they truly extend their hand in peace, all will be resolved,” he concluded.