Israeli left-wing activist Tali Fahima, previously convicted of aiding Palestinian terrorists, told Ynet that she had converted to Islam on Monday at a mosque in Umm al-Fahm in the presence of three sheikhs.
Sheikh Yusuf Albaz confirmed that Fahima converted. Fahima herself refused to comment, saying that she doesn't give interviews to the "Zionist media."
Fahima plead guilty in December 2005 to maintaining contacts with a foreign agent with the intention of harming state security, and was sentenced to three years in prison.
She was specifically convicted of aiding Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades terrorists, including the group's leader in Jenin Zakariya Zubeidi, whom she had an affair with, and was released from prison in January 2007.
The Shin Bet security service claimed that Fahima, who resides in Wadi Ara, planned on becoming the first Jewish terrorist to act against her own people.
Fahima (R) (Photo courtesy of pls48.net)
Sheikh Albaz, a senior member of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, accompanied Fahima throughout the conversion process. "I liked her mentality; I like anyone who prefers resistance to capitulation, and Tali Fahima is an example of resistance," he said.
The issue of Islam was discussed during the meetings between the sheikh and Fahima. "I wanted to encourage her and I told her that she must continue along her current path. I also spoke to her about the ways of Islam and explained that the religion stands for resistance in the face of all that is evil in the world," the sheikh recounted.
Fahima eventually informed the sheikh that he had convinced her, and told her associates that the head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Shiekh Raed Salah, was her model.
"Salah accepted her with open arms," said Sheikh Albaz. "From this point on she is a full-fledged Muslim – there is no need for a special ceremony."
Fahima visited Salah in Umm al-Fahm over the weekend. The sheikh was placed under house arrest for participating in the Gaza-bound flotilla.
The Islamic Movement praised Fahima's decision to convert and was quick to publish the development on its website.