May 11, 2006

Ayaan Hirsi Ali wins Moral Courage Award

The American Jewish Committee awards Ayaan Hirsi Ali its Moral Courage Award.

The following is part of her acceptance speech (transcription mine):

Ladies and gentlemen I have a confession to make, if you are Jewish. It's a testimony to my dark past when I lived in ignorance.

I used to hate you. I hated you because I thought you were responsible for the war that took my father from me for so long. When the Soviet Union allied with our home-grown dictator in Somalia, I was told the Jews were behind that. In Saudi Arabia I saw poor people from a place called Palestine. Men women and children huddled together in despair. I was told you drove them out of their homes. I hated you for that. When we had no water I thought you closed the tap. I don't know how you did it, but you did it. If my mother was unkind to me I knew you were definitely behind it. Even when I failed an exam I knew it was your fault. I don't know how you did all these things. But then I didn't need proof. You are by nature evil. And you had evil powers and you used them to evil ends.

Learning to hate you was easy.

Listen to the whole thing. It sounds even better in her beautiful voice. And there's more.

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David Boxenhorn transcribed part of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's acceptance speech at the American Jewish Committee's Moral Courage Awards: ...I used to hate you. I hated you because I thought you were responsible for the war that took my father from...    ... more

Trackback by: Solomonia (Hirsi Ali's Acceptance Speech) at May 11, 2006 05:10 PM Permalink

I heard this last night on the way home from another link. Downloaded it and burnt it to a CD.

I'm speechless and in awe of this woman. I'll be playing it for my daughter when I get home. This should be sent to as many people as possible. I've heard so few people speak with the clarity she has. Stunning simplicity, too.

Got here from Solomonia, by the way.

Posted by: Grantman at May 11, 2006 06:09 PM Permalink

Amazing lady. She is not only corageus and beautiful: she also speaks really well.

PD.-Here is my post on online software:

Posted by: Kantor at May 13, 2006 05:48 PM Permalink

Let me get this straight, she lied to the Dutch to get into their country, she claimed she was persecuted when she lived a life of middle class luxury in Kenya, and now she's getting a moral courage award?

I hate to say it, but she's duping the Jewish community just like she duped the Dutch. This "I used to hate you Jews" story is a joke in this example. Don't get duped.

Posted by: Alan Bata at May 20, 2006 04:14 PM Permalink


The award was given, and this was posted, before the story broke.

Still, as of yet I don't see any real evidence that she wasn't fleeing a forced marriage, and I do think that her actions (post-immigration) are praiseworthy.

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at May 22, 2006 04:42 PM Permalink

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