Sandra Solomon, an Arab born in Ramallah who converted to Christianity more than ten years ago and became a supporter of Israel, explains in an interview to the Kan broadcasting network her motivations and goals in a single-woman crusade for sanity that constantly places her in danger.
Niece of one of the Fatah movement's founders, Sahar Habash, a close confidant of former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat, Solomon frequently repeats her unequivocal disapproval of attacks carried out by Muslims against Israelis, citing education as the cause of the violence.
She condemned the recent Neve Tzuf attack in which a Muslim broke into a home and killed three members of the Salomon family: “The Palestinian terrorist who murdered a family on Friday evening in Halamish - where did he get the idea to enter a home and kill the people who were in there?” asked Solomon. “The young Palestinians who carry out attacks are already murdered from a psychological point of view by the education that is given to them.”
“As a child, I was brought up to hate Israel,” she related. “The most important thing to us was the liberation of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the liberation of Jerusalem and the destruction of the State of Israel.
“We watched the second intifada on television” she said, recalling her childhood spent in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. “After every big terror attack—including when children were killed—candy was given out. The education that was given to me was that only Palestinians are the victims, that they are oppressed in this conflict and that the Zionists are the occupying criminals who took the land for themselves.”
Solomon decided to convert to Christianity after experiencing Islam's treatment and oppression of women, and its stifling of individual expression.
“I didn’t agree to walking around with a Hijab (a veil worn by Muslim women) as women were obligated to do in Saudi Arabia,” she told Ynet.
After divorcing the husband whom she had been forced to marry, she escaped to Canada with her little boy, where they live today, in Toronto.
“When I explained to my family in Jordan that I had converted, my sister threw my suitcase on to the street and threw me out of the house,” she said.
As a result, Solomon remains an outcast to her family and the sense of fear never dissipates. “If they knew exactly where I was today, they would surely kill me. I know that,” she says.
“Among Palestinians, there are calls to boycott Israeli products, but phones and medicines that are used by them are products of Israel,” she said. Solomon rejects the notion of a two-state solution: “I don’t believe in a two-state solution because I see what happens in the West Bank. There are pictures hung in the streets of terrorists who are considered to be heroes. The Palestinian people don’t want peace, they glorify the intifada.”