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September 13, 2014

Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace.

09:10 minutes · Filmed Mar 2014 · Posted Sep 2014 · TED2014

If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just 7 years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful and, ultimately, inspiring.

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  Thank you. This is what I have needed to hear for 24 years.

In 1990 I met a young man, probably 10 years old, who was living in America with a father who was a Muslim extremist. I was participating in an afternoon of Christian day camp at an apartment complex, and he and his brother were curious about what we were doing outside in their courtyard. They would barely speak to us, but told us they knew that we hated them and wanted to kill them. They thought our drinks and cookies were full of poison and we had come there to find them and convince them to eat and drink.

My conversation with him left me stunned. They truly believed they were hated by most of the people they encountered every day. Up to that point I was ignorant that there were children who were being raised with such fear and hate. I wept for days, and have thought of that child often, especially since the events of 9/11. I've wondered what happened to him, and if he were somehow able to find his way to a more peaceful and loving world view. Thank you for giving me hope."

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