Ex-radical speaks with suicide bomb victim's father
A former Islamist radical who now works to challenge extremism has spoken of meeting the father of a teenage suicide-bomb victim in Israel. The first time Maajid Nawaz, the co-founder of the Qulliam think tank and the author of a new memoir about his time in Hizb ut-Tahrir, went to Jerusalem, he spoke only to other Islamists.
Returning 11 years later as part of a Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel delegation that toured everywhere from Sderot to the West Bank, Mr Nawaz said the trip had left him better informed.
He said the reaction when he told Israelis and Palestinians about his past had been overwhelmingly positive. "I told a victim of terror, who lost his daughter in an attack [about my background]”, he said, referring to Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki was killed in the Sbarro pizzeria bombing in August 2001. (...)