The PLO has been synonymous with terrorism for decades. In their fight to remove the immigrant Jews from Palestine they have bombed, shot and terrorised their own people, other Arabs and world-wide Jewry. This is one man's story of terrifying escape from this organisation and its mind-set, from being a right-hand man of Arafat himself, the then leader of the PLO.
His story is one of religious conversion at its core. From hatred to love. From evil to good. From hating to embracing Jews. The strangeness of the tale is that he resolved his Islamic hatred for Jewry by becoming a Christian. It is through the third and smallest religion of the Middle East he found freedom from hatred, murder and death.
In doing so he has exposed himself to death threats from relatives and other former terrorists. But it also allowed him to talk of the love of God in Christ even to Arafat himself. The breach from his Islamic family background cannot be minimised. He makes it clear that this brings with it a death penalty which any relative can carry out.
For many in the West post 9/11 trying to understand fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, this book is a young man speaking directly from the heart of what was the main terrorist group before Bin Laden appeared. He shows how terrorism grows out of the religious and cultural background of these young men.
For the Liberal Secularist reader this is hard reading for it shows religion as still the greatest force to be reckoned with worldwide. This is a world of rampant fundamentalist Islam, western liberal decadence, Jewish confidence and where Christianity is ceasing to be a Western and gradually becomes a Southern and Eastern force. This book is a single case, but one that will allow the reader, particularly the atheist or agnostic, a true insight into the realities of the ancient battle of faith that is still driving agendas across the world.