How does a regular young man from Cairo grow up hating Jews? How does he free his mind from that hatred and ultimately free himself, even at the risk of losing his life? What do pivotal world events like 9/11 and the Arab Spring look like through his eyes?
Hussein Aboubakr Mansour was born in 1989 in Cairo, Egypt. The ultimate villains in the local lore were the “bloodthirsty Zionists,” so Hussein began to study the supposed enemies of his people.
Hussein studied Hebrew at Cairo University, but did not adapt to the official anti-Israel, antisemitic curriculum of the regime. The first visitor to check out books and watch films at the Israeli Academic Center of Cairo, in 2010 Hussein was monitored, harassed, and jailed by the Egyptian State Police. That same year, he was suspected of being a “Zionist agent” and held a military detention facility where he was tortured to the point of wanting to kill himself.
He became an organizer of the Tahrir Square uprising in 2011. By 2012 the secret police of the Muslim Brotherhood regime again began persecuting Hussein for his contacts with Israelis and writings expressing hopes for coexistence and peace. His Coptic friends arranged his escape to the US. Hussein received asylum in 2014 and taught Hebrew in the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. He joined StandWitUs in 2019 as an educator and now lives in Los Angeles.
Minority of One tells Hussein Aboubakr’s story.
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