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Laura Booth, sister-in-law of former British prime minister Tony Blair, has called on Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt to invade Israel.

No stranger to Middle Eastern politics, she sailed to Gaza in the flotilla protest.

At a rally in London Trafalgar’s Square, she proclaimed “We say here today to you, Israel, we see your crimes and we loathe your crimes. And to us your nation does not exist, because it is a criminal injustice against humanity. We want to see Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt go to the borders and stop this now.”

She recently has converted to Islam. She now covers her head with a hijab or scarf when she leaves home, has given up alcohol and visits a mosque when she can.

The 43-year-old mother of two says she had a religious awakening during a visit to a shrine in the Iranian holy city of Qom.

“I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy,” she said. The former reality TV contestant decided to convert immediately upon her return to Britain. “I always felt that the ummah [Muslim community] is a very loving, peaceful place and I am proud to be a member of it.”

She says she has stopped eating pork, reads the Koran every day and has not ruled out wearing a burka in the future.

“I also haven’t had a drink in 45 days, the longest period in 25 years,” she said. “The strange thing is that since I decided to convert I haven’t wanted to touch alcohol, and I was someone who craved a glass of wine or two at the end of a day.”

Booth works for Press TV, the English-language Iranian news channel.

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