Ben-David re-entered the life of the Sawafta family in earnest when his brother was killed, according to Hafez Sawafta, Ben-David's father. Sawafta said he called his Jewish son the day his Islamic Jihad son was killed, and that Ben-David came to Tubas and stayed for three days to mourn the death.
When he returned to Israel, he decided to renounce Judaism and return to Islam, Sawafta said.
"He called me, and said he had officially become Muslim again in a ceremony at a mosque, and said he wanted to give up his Israeli citizenship," Sawafta told The Associated Press.
Jan 22, 2007
Road map to terrorism
Palestinian Muslim converts to Judaism, then joins Islamic Jihad after his brother is killed by Israelis.