From left: Dutch Parliament members Kees van der Staaij, Kay Wilson and Joël Voordewind, with Itamar Marcus (third from left), director of the Palestinian Media Watch. Marcus and Wilson spoke to the Dutch Parliament in 2018 as it discussed ways to ensure Dutch aid to the Palestinians does not fund terrorism. Credit: PMW.
Editor’s Note: Kay Wilson is a resident of Jerusalem and tour guide who, along with her friend Kristine Luken, was attacked and stabbed 13 times with a machete by two Palestinian terrorists while walking in a forest near Jerusalem on Dec. 18, 2010. Luken, who was Christian, was killed, and Wilson survived by playing dead. She now speaks out against worldwide financial and moral support for terrorism. She posted this online on Dec. 20 and we reprint it here with her permission.
By Kay Wilson
I woke up this morning still unable to absorb what happened in my lecture to students from UCLA yesterday, in which I told them…
1) a Muslim surgeon saved my life
2) I have sheltered 2 Muslim youth — frankly at the risk of my own security
3) I have crowdfunded 3 Palestinian businesses
4) I have initiated a grassroots project in a Muslim refugee camp
5) I am on a think-tank with Islamic scholars who are trying to reach out to their community in an effort to de-radicalize potential terrorists, by theologically countering Jihad.
I forgot to tell them I found employment for two young Muslim women and have thrown a birthday party for a Palestinian young man, in which the only guests present were Jews — who brought him beautiful gifts…
I also told them Islamic terrorists murdered my friend and nearly murdered me.
They had no questions about how I coped with the attack, or what it means to have PTSD, or what it was like to face my attackers in court, or what my relationship is like with my dead friend’s parents, or how did this event make me think of G-d, — which are usually the questions I am mostly asked after a lecture.
Instead, they were offended.
These people were more offended that I named my assailants as “Islamic terrorists” rather than the fact that I was nearly hacked to death by them.
I was accused of “Islamophobia.”
Yup. Read that line again.
I was accused of “Islamophobia.”
In the name of so called opposition to “hate-speech” there are assaults also on respected journalists, honorable people and my personal friends, Melanie Phillips, Richard Landes, and even the noble British commander Richard Kemp, who by fighting in the military, has risked his life for Muslims, fought with Muslims and even been decorated by the Queen.
To not name this terrorism as “Islamic” is an insult to the thousands who have been murdered, which includes Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs — and Muslims.
Attempting to close down freedom of speech by deeming any critique of Islam as “hate speech” is also is counter-productive to the honorable Muslim community because it leaves those who are trying to reeducate potential radicals without our support. This whitewashing also causes people to view every single Muslim (understandably but mistakenly) with suspicion, as if he or she is a potential terrorist.
These students may have been offended, but believe you me, I was offended more.
And saddest of all, is that at the end of the lecture, a Christian student came up to quietly tell me that she agrees with me. When I asked her, why didn’t she say so to the group, she said she was afraid.
Bullying. It’s bullying in the name of love.