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Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5, 1990, his father, El-Sayyid Nosair, shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair was sentenced to multiple life sentences during the World Trade Center Bombing trials. In one of his infamous video messages, Osama bin Laden urged the world to "Remember El-Sayyid Nosair."
For Ebrahim, a childhood amid terrorism was all he knew. After his father’s incarceration, his family moved more than twenty times, haunted by and persecuted for the crimes of his father. Though his radicalized father and uncles modeled fanatical beliefs, the hateful ideas never resonated with the shy, awkward boy. The older he grew, the more fully Ebrahim grasped the horrific depths of his father’s acts. The more he understood, the more he resolved to dedicate his life to promoting peace.
After several years of hiding his true identity Zak began to speak publicly about his personal path to peace. In 2014 he gave his first TEDtalk in Vancouver, Canada. He released his first book, The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice through TEDBooks and Simon and Schuster in September 2014. It won an American Library Association Award in 2015.