Her disillusionment with Islam after the 9/11 terror attacks against the U.S. led her to question the most basic tenets and assumptions of her upbringing: the Muslim daughter of an Egyptian army officer, stationed in the Gaza Strip prior to the 1967 Six Day War.
Speaking with journalist Dave Bender, she talks about the spread of Islamic Sharia law in the U.S., it's effect on college campuses and Arab communities and what Americans and their government should do to to thwart it's proponents. This video is the first of several segments:
(Apologies for the so-so video quality: I shot it, handheld, with my Samsung Omnia, and rough edited in Adobe Premier).
For commentators on this video (see below) who call her a rabble-rouser, here are just two examples of what she's talking about:
Five Men Convicted in Miami Terrorism Trial - Vanessa Blum (Los Angeles Times)
After two mistrials, five men from Miami were convicted Tuesday of trying to join with al-Qaeda in plots to topple the 110-story Sears Tower in Chicago and bomb government buildings in South Florida.
Man Convicted of Building Terrorist Training Camp in U.S. - Carrie Johnson (Washington Post)
A federal jury in New York Tuesday convicted Oussama Abdullah Kassir of providing support to al-Qaeda by building a terrorist training camp on U.S. soil.
Kassir traveled to Bly, Ore., in late 1999 to establish a military-style facility at the direction of Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri of the Finsbury Park mosque in London, who has been designated a terrorist by the U.S.
At the camp, Kassir taught techniques for waging jihad, including "how to kill a person by slitting their throat with a knife," according to the indictment.
Upon returning overseas, Kassir operated for nearly four years what prosecutors say were "terrorist web sites" that offered instructions on how to prepare bombs and poisonous compounds.
Darwish is a member of an Arab, pro-Israel group: Arabs For Israel: http://arabsforisrael.blogspot.com/
Darwish has lived in the U.S. for three decades and is a regular speaker, and international media commentator on radical Islam.
Her book, Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror, is available on Amazon.
Feel free to contrast and compare Darwish with another Palestinian woman from the Gaza Strip.
A Google linkdump on Darwish is here.