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Reformed PLO Terrorist Now Preaching Christianity

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Carole Mikita Reporting Hundreds of people in several congregations listened to a man who calls himself a reformed terrorist now preaching Christianity.

"The word of God says to pray for your enemy, to love your enemy. The Muslim today, they are our brothers."

Kamal Saleem says he changed his identity and his faith and risks his life to preach about Jesus. He grew up in the Middle East as a fundamentalist Muslim, and he claims at age seven the PLO recruited and trained him as a terrorist to carry explosives into Israel.

Kamal Saleem, former PLO terrorist, now Christian: "What I learned, the Jew and the Christian were the people who are the infidels. Therefore, at one time, there will be nothing left but the Muslims."

He tells Christian groups he came to America to convert people to Islam, but in 1985 he had a horrible car accident. The man who helped him on the road and two doctors changed his life.

Kamal Saleem: "And never for once they said, 'This is because we want to change you, to be a Christian,' they just loved me unconditionally."

He embraces one of this church's pastors, a former Jew.

Reformed PLO Terrorist Now Preaching Christianity

Rev. Ira Popper, pastor, The Adventure Foursquare Church: "When we can embrace like that, it's an amazing experience. And we know that it's not just an earthly experience. This would not have happened, except for the mighty hand of God."

Not everyone is happy about Kamal Saleem's visit, members of the Muslim community expressed their concern to the pastors who sponsored him. He says his message is for people of all faiths.

Kamal Saleem: "The best thing we can do today as Americans is to love our neighbors, whether they're Muslim or whatever they may be and tell 'em, we care for you, let your light shine."

Kamal Saleem says he nearly took his life numerous times as a terrorist. Now he travels the world living for his faith.

On Friday, he met briefly with both Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, and a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church.

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