An anomaly for sure.
For me, this shows that Muslims placing value on modernity and rational experiences instead of upon classical Islamic texts and preaching (immersed in basic 101 understanding), stand a chance at becoming productful, useful individuals. The more a Muslim is contact with his ”inner mohamed” however, the more likely he or she will end up being hunted down by the likes of Wahib, who by the way still identifies himself as a Muslim.
NOTE: I find it more than interesting that he keeps at his residence in the Arab village of his youth “two statues of dogs welcome guests, perhaps as a warning to ill wishers to keep their distance.”
H/T: Donny Kligman
An officer and a Muslim Zionist
“He woke up, he says, when he was 14 years old and began studying at the technological high school in Nazareth – a Christian boarding school. There he was exposed to the modern world for the first time. The distance from the village and the family, during these teenage years when one develops an identity, took its course.
“The Christian Arabs’ culture is similar to the Europeans’. They are less fanatic and far more modern than the Muslims. The lessons at the school followed Education Ministry guidelines, and I suddenly discovered a world that I never knew existed. I discovered that the Jews weren’t as bad as I was told growing up. I discovered that they have a good side that I am drawn to. I identified with their principles and the way they protect one another. I felt that I wanted to become a part of this country.”