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Topics:Anti-Terrorism and Security, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs
Speaking as a native Arab and a professional journalist, Brigitte Gabriel offers a first-hand account of her experiences in the opening salvos of Islamic Jihad towards the Western world in the Middle East. Ms. Gabriel grew up in South Lebanon as the only child of a retired Christian governing administrator and a successful businessman. Her Arabic society, culture, and media taught her that Israel and Jews were the devil. As she turned 10, war broke out pitting the combined forces of militant Muslims and Palestinians against the Christian Lebanese.
In the Lebanese civil war, Ms. Gabriel found herself in the first attack, beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict, of Islamic Jihad against non-Muslims and the West. A barrage of Muslim rockets exploded in her house leaving her wounded and buried under the rubble. Her family lost everything and was forced to live the next seven years in an underground bomb shelter with little food, water and electricity.
In 1982 Ms. Gabriel’s mother became seriously wounded, Israel was the only place to go for medical attention. For Brigitte it was a life changing experience. She saw the Israelis demonstrate respect, humanity, compassion and generosity that she didn’t know existed beyond her immediate family. She realized she was fed nothing but lies by her government about the Jews and the Israeli people. She had to return to Lebanon to take care of her elderly parents but vowed that one day she would return to Israel. Brigitte kept that promise and more. She returned to Israel two years later and started working in Jerusalem as a journalist.
After marrying an American war correspondent in Jerusalem, Ms. Gabriel relocated to the United States and started a television production and advertising company. Her clients include ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, Discovery Channel, TLC, The History Channel, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "20/20," "World News Tonight" and "Good Morning America" to name a few.
After the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 Ms. Gabriel founded American Congress for Truth.org a non-profit organization dedicated to educating millions of uninformed Americans about the threat of radical Islam to world peace and national security. She is a member of the board of Advisors of the Intelligence Summit and lectures nationally and internationally about terrorism and current affairs. She is the author of The New York Times best seller "BECAUSE THEY HATE: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America". She is a regular guest on national TV news networks and various radio channels. She speaks four languages: Arabic, French, English and Hebrew.
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