'Quartet envoy Blair's sister-in-law converted to Islam'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 24, 2010 09:30

The sister-in-law of Quartet envoy and former British prime minister Tony Blair has converted to Islam, the British paper The Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

Broadcast journalist Lauren Booth, 43, the half sister of Cherie Blair told the paper that she has begun wearing a hijab head covering, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque "when I can." The newspaper reported that Booth converted to Islam after visiting the shrine of Faitma al-Masumeh in the Iranian holy city of Qom.

"It was a Tuesday evening and I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy," she was quoted as saying by the the Daily Mail.

Booth currently works for the Iranian-run English-language news channel Press TV, is a vocal opponent of the Iraq War and traveled to Gaza from Cyprus on an "aid ship" with other pro-Palestinian activists in August 2008 according to the report.


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