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Egyptian-American Human Rights Activist; Founder of Arabs For Israel; Director of Former Muslims United

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Nonie Darwish was born in Cairo and was later raised in the Gaza Strip. In the 1950s, Egypt occupied Gaza and Gamal Abdel Nasser, who later became Egypt's president, appointed her father to lead the fedayeen guerilla operations, whose sole mission was to destroy Israel. As Nasser rallied the Arab world to wipe out the Jewish State, Arabs throughout the Middle East flooded into Gaza to join the fedayeen headed by Nonie's father, Lt. Col. Mustafa Hafaz. The fedayeen became the model for modern terrorist organizations.

Growing up in an environment of intense hatred, Nonie witnessed firsthand the death and destruction Fedayeen operations caused. By attending Gaza elementary schools, she and her siblings were indoctrinated in anti-Semitism at an early age.

Jews, she said, were portrayed as evil enemies of Islam who had no right to be in the region at all. "We were never told of the Middle East roots of Judaism and Christianity," Nonie says. Jews also were to be hated and feared. "I was told not to take any candy from strangers since it could be a Jew trying to poison me," Nonie recalls. Another common teaching in Nonie's upbringing was that Israeli soldiers, upon seeing a pregnant Arab woman, would bet on the sex of the child and then kill the woman and split open her womb to find out who had won.

"I learned that hate, vengeance and retaliation are important values to protect Islam and Arab honor," Nonie says, recalling her education as a young girl. "Self-criticism or questioning Arab teachings and leadership was forbidden and could only bring shame, dishonor and violence open those who dared try. Peace was never an option and never mentioned as a virtue." A line from a popular song children sang at recess was, "Arabs are our friends and Jews our dogs."

"The severe indoctrination is devastating on children," Nonie says. "Those who end up as terrorists are simply the ones who took their education and upbringing seriously and did what they were told."

In 1956, when Nonie was eight, her father was assassinated by the Israel Defense Forces. He became a national hero, a "shahid," and a symbol for the resistance against Israel. Nonie believes the culture of hatred and jihad caused his death; as a young girl, she began to question the society and traditions in which she had been steeped.

Her family later moved back to Egypt where Nonie earned a bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology from the American University in Cairo. She worked as an editor and translator for the Middle East News Agency and attended several international conferences. This exposure motivated her to leave Egypt and move to the United States in 1978.

After moving to the United States, Nonie increasingly began to realize the extent and impact of the indoctrination of her formative years in Gaza and Egypt. Despite the risks to her own personal safety, Nonie decided she had to speak out. As a mother and a proud Arab woman, she decided she didn't want to see future generations of Arab children programmed to hate and to be intolerant.

Nonie's message is not about disloyalty but love for her culture of origin. She blames Arab leadership and the media for the endless rage and violence of the Arab street.

"Hate speech cannot only be blamed on schools, since it starts and is spoon-fed to Arab children from birth and continues throughout life -- inside the family, in mosques, radio, TV, cartoons and newspapers," Nonie says. "The social pressure for hatred and anti-Semitism results in a mob mentality that is hard to escape. That is the mechanism Muslim society uses to guarantee a constant flow of a Muslim army ready for jihad."

Nonie believes there is a solution. That solution, she says, must begin with soul-searching by Muslims both in the Middle East and the United States. Looking inward, says Nonie, is the first step to restoring Arab culture to its original greatness. Ultimately, she hopes to see a reformation in the Islamic world similar to that experienced in Christianity and Judaism centuries ago.

Nonie is married and the mother of three children. She is a freelance writer, public speaker and an interpreter. Her articles have been published in the U.S. and international media and she lectures regularly, bringing her positive message and call for change to audiences across the country.

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The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East

The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East

Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law

Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law

Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror

Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror

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Nonie Darwish

Egyptian-American Human Rights Activist; Founder of Arabs For Israel; Director of Former Muslims United

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Nonie Darwish Biography

Nonie Darwish was born in Cairo and was later raised in the Gaza Strip. In the 1950s, Egypt occupied Gaza and Gamal Abdel Nasser, who later became Egypt's president, appointed her father to lead the fedayeen guerilla operations, whose sole mission was to destroy Israel. As Nasser rallied the Arab world to wipe out the Jewish State, Arabs throughout the Middle East flooded into Gaza to join the fedayeen headed by Nonie's father, Lt. Col. Mustafa Hafaz. The fedayeen became the model for modern terrorist organizations.

Growing up in an environment of intense hatred, Nonie witnessed firsthand the death and destruction Fedayeen operations caused. By attending Gaza elementary schools, she and her siblings were indoctrinated in anti-Semitism at an early age.

Jews, she said, were portrayed as evil enemies of Islam who had no right to be in the region at all. "We were never told of the Middle East roots of Judaism and Christianity," Nonie says. Jews also were to be hated and feared. "I was told not to take any candy from strangers since it could be a Jew trying to poison me," Nonie recalls. Another common teaching in Nonie's upbringing was that Israeli soldiers, upon seeing a pregnant Arab woman, would bet on the sex of the child and then kill the woman and split open her womb to find out who had won.

"I learned that hate, vengeance and retaliation are important values to protect Islam and Arab honor," Nonie says, recalling her education as a young girl. "Self-criticism or questioning Arab teachings and leadership was forbidden and could only bring shame, dishonor and violence open those who dared try. Peace was never an option and never mentioned as a virtue." A line from a popular song children sang at recess was, "Arabs are our friends and Jews our dogs."

"The severe indoctrination is devastating on children," Nonie says. "Those who end up as terrorists are simply the ones who took their education and upbringing seriously and did what they were told."

In 1956, when Nonie was eight, her father was assassinated by the Israel Defense Forces. He became a national hero, a "shahid," and a symbol for the resistance against Israel. Nonie believes the culture of hatred and jihad caused his death; as a young girl, she began to question the society and traditions in which she had been steeped.

Her family later moved back to Egypt where Nonie earned a bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology from the American University in Cairo. She worked as an editor and translator for the Middle East News Agency and attended several international conferences. This exposure motivated her to leave Egypt and move to the United States in 1978.

After moving to the United States, Nonie increasingly began to realize the extent and impact of the indoctrination of her formative years in Gaza and Egypt. Despite the risks to her own personal safety, Nonie decided she had to speak out. As a mother and a proud Arab woman, she decided she didn't want to see future generations of Arab children programmed to hate and to be intolerant.

Nonie's message is not about disloyalty but love for her culture of origin. She blames Arab leadership and the media for the endless rage and violence of the Arab street.

"Hate speech cannot only be blamed on schools, since it starts and is spoon-fed to Arab children from birth and continues throughout life -- inside the family, in mosques, radio, TV, cartoons and newspapers," Nonie says. "The social pressure for hatred and anti-Semitism results in a mob mentality that is hard to escape. That is the mechanism Muslim society uses to guarantee a constant flow of a Muslim army ready for jihad."

Nonie believes there is a solution. That solution, she says, must begin with soul-searching by Muslims both in the Middle East and the United States. Looking inward, says Nonie, is the first step to restoring Arab culture to its original greatness. Ultimately, she hopes to see a reformation in the Islamic world similar to that experienced in Christianity and Judaism centuries ago.

Nonie is married and the mother of three children. She is a freelance writer, public speaker and an interpreter. Her articles have been published in the U.S. and international media and she lectures regularly, bringing her positive message and call for change to audiences across the country.

Nonie Darwish Videos

  • Understanding the Culture Clash: Nonie Darwish - YouTube
    Jan 3, 2018 ... Nonie Darwish, a senior Fellow at the Center For Security Policy, discusses differences between Islamic values and Biblical values in...
  • Ex-Muslim, Nonie Darwish: Why Trump's Muslim immigration ban is ...
    Jan 29, 2017 ... TV Ex-Muslim, Nonie Darwish: "Why Pres. Trump's Muslim immigration ban is wise, not racist, and it's benefits to the Arab countries...
  • Nonie Darwish compares Islam with Christian values. Los Angeles ...
    Aug 29, 2016 ... This was part of a conference called, "Can Islam Coexist with Western Civilization ? This video is from the American Freedom...

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  • How to book Nonie Darwish?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Nonie Darwish for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Nonie Darwish, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Nonie Darwish or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Nonie Darwish?

    Booking fees for Nonie Darwish, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nonie Darwish, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Nonie Darwish?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nonie Darwish for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nonie Darwish for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Nonie Darwish or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Nonie Darwish or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Nonie Darwish is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Nonie Darwish for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Nonie Darwish generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Katie Pavlich, Asra Nomani, Irshad Manji, Ben Shapiro and Aziz Abu Sarah. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nonie Darwish for an upcoming event.

Nonie Darwish Speaker Videos

  • Understanding the Culture Clash: Nonie Darwish - YouTube
    Jan 3, 2018 ... Nonie Darwish, a senior Fellow at the Center For Security Policy, discusses differences between Islamic values and Biblical values in her ...
    Ex-Muslim, Nonie Darwish: Why Trump's Muslim immigration ban is ...
    Jan 29, 2017 ... TV Ex-Muslim, Nonie Darwish: "Why Pres. Trump's Muslim immigration ban is wise, not racist, and it's benefits to the Arab countries own war o...
  • Nonie Darwish compares Islam with Christian values. Los Angeles ...
    Aug 29, 2016 ... This was part of a conference called, "Can Islam Coexist with Western Civilization ? This video is from the American Freedom Alliance ...
    Why I left Islam - Nonie Darwish (1 of 2) - YouTube
    Jun 29, 2008 ... One woman's story of why she left the culture of Islamic Jihad to support American liberty and tolerance Why are so many Muslims embracing ...
  • Nonie Darwish and "Islamic Apartheid" at Temple University

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