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My father was a terrorist. I’m not: Zak Ebrahim at TED2014


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TED2014_DD_DSC_3805_1920 Zak Ebrahim. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Throughout Zak Ebrahim’s childhood, his father — El-Sayed Nosair — planned terrorist attacks on a dozen New York City landmarks, including tunnels, synagogues and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. On November 5, 1990, when Ebrahim was 7 years old, his father shot and killed Rabbi Meir Kahane, the then-leader of the Jewish Defense League.

“In every religion, in every population, you’ll find a small group of people who hold so fervently to their beliefs that they’ll use any means necessary to make others see them,” he says in his talk at TED2014. “My father exposed me to a side of Islam that few people, including the majority of Muslims, get to see.”

A few months prior to El-Sayed Nosair’s arrest for the World Trade Center attack, Ebrahim’s father took 7-year-old Ebrahim and a group of others to a…

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