Gabriel, a native of Lebanon who was raised a Christian Arab, will present a lecture titled Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terrorism Warns America, based on her memoir of the same title. Before moving to Israel at the age of 20, Gabriel was subjected to many hardships as a survivor of the Lebanese Civil War. During the war, she was buried in the rubble of her destroyed house after it was hit by rockets fired by Muslim fighters.
“I experienced the values of the Israelis who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments,” Gabriel said. “I spent 22 days at the hospital. Those days changed my life and the way I believe information, the way I listen to the radio or to television.”
This experience, coupled with her career in journalism and vigor for creating a more socially aware nation, is sure to be an eye-opening experience for both members of the Wittenberg and Springfield communities.
American Congress for Truth, an organization Gabriel founded after the Sept. 11 attacks, is a non-profit organization devoted to informing and inspiring Americans to take action against terrorism. In addition, she also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Intelligence Summit.
All Witt Series events are free and open to the public. No book bags, back packs or large purses will be permitted in the HPERC Arena during the lecture. For additional information, call the Benham-Pence Student Center at (937) 327-7445.
Written By: Erica Strauss '08
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