Jewish journalist Mahdi Majeed converted to Islam several days ago and has viciously criticized Israel, despite having held close friendships to high-ranking Israeli officials.
“I was not a Muslim, but now I believe in Islam thanks to God who guided me to find the truth after much research. Islam is the correct path, please God protect Islam from the Muslims who have distorted it,” he wrote on his twitter account.
He added that he planned to travel to Mecca for pilgrimage, urging Saudi Authorities to let him in and congratulating people on Eid al-Adha.
“I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, I witness that I’m not supporting loyalty to any oppressor, tyrant and bloodshed and aggressor”, he said.
Majeed went on to call Israel a “Zionist state”, despite previously describing Israel as the lighthouse of democracy in the Middle East in February during a visit with a media delegation.
He acknowledged that Israelis have a right to live in peace, without war against Palestinians.
During the delegation’s visit Majeed met with spokesperson of the Israeli army, Avichay Adraee, who both went live from Tel Aviv on Facebook through Adraee’s official page.
“I urge you all not to trust Israel or any Israeli official, no matter how sweet his words are, as they only care about their interests. Adhere to Islam and keeping away from evil sheikhs and their misguidance,” Majeed wrote.
He also advised his friend, Jewish writer Edy Cohen to convert to Islam, to which Cohen replied: “You have your own religion and I have mine.”
It isn’t just Israel Majeed criticized, as he also attacked Muslim clerics he perceived as giving the wrong image of Islam and leading people astray.
On August 24, he tweeted that former president Mohamed Morsi and MB leaders Khairat al-Shater, Mohamed al-Beltagy, and Salafist cleric Hazem Salah Abu Ismail were tortured by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad at the Israeli embassy in Cairo before their transfer to Egyptian prison.
“The one responsible for the investigations was Ethan Noam, a Mossad officer, and he is currently a diplomat in Austria,” he said on twitter.