Religion

Pro-Israel Muslim Ataf Crenawe Runs for Office in Israel's Knesset

| by Michael Allen

Ataf Crenawe, a Muslim, is running for a seat in the Knesset (pictured), which is Israel's version of congress.

Crenawe is a member of the newly-established party Ha Tikva l'Shinui (which means "Hope for Change").

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Crenawe is supported by David Ha'ivri, who is the Exective Director, Shomron Foreign
Liason in public relations.  Ha'ivri traveled to Nigeria to participate in a conference, held by a Pastor John Hagee who is a supporter of Israel, and met Crenawe.

Ha'ivri credits Pastor Hagee and Crenawe for showing him that there are Christians and Arabs who are supporters of Israel.

Crenawe comes from a village and family of Arab Muslims who believe that Arabs can live together in Israel with Jews.

Many Israelis see Crenawe as the beginning of a moderate Muslim movement that is willing to work within the structure of the nation of Israel.