A Palestinian’s Perspective on Antisemitism
The following is a transcript of Mazzen Warra’s speech at the March Against Antisemitism on July 28, 2019.
Shalom, everyone! My name is Mazzen, and I was born in Ramallah. When I was a little child, my parents taught me to hate the Jewish people. I was born in Ramallah in 1971 and emigrated to America in 1973 with my family. I used to be an Intifada protestor here in America; we would go out and protest against Israel. I even went to the Israeli embassy shouting, “Death to Israel!” In Israel, I went and threw stones at Israeli soldiers.
In 2006, something very great happened to me. I encountered Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah. Jesus said to me in His words, “If you bless My people, Israel, I will bless you. But if you curse My people, Israel, I will curse you,” Genesis 12:1–3.
Today, I stand with the Jewish people as a Palestinian Arab and say, “I love you.” Yes, I love you. We, the Arabs and the Jews, are not enemies. We are the seed of Abraham. Amen?
When I received Yeshua HaMashiach in my heart, He began to tell me, “I am going to make you to become the peacemaker. I am going to make you a person to bring Jews and Arabs together in one Messiah.”
Brothers and sisters, there will never be peace in the Middle East. It is only the Prince of Peace, Yeshua HaMashiach, who can bring peace. He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is your God, He is our God, He is the Messiah. Jew and Gentile, we stand together with the nation of Israel—one together and say, “No more hate! No more hate!”