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Once an Arafat Man PB
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2010
Very readable real life account of Tass Saada who joined up with Fatah the Palestinian organisation then run by Yassar Arafat before going abroad and changing his religion. More importantly, it changed his outlook on life from angry young man intent on killing to a learning student of life and the importance of peace.

Whilst his time in Fatah was in the 70's, he met Arafat again earlier this decade, and the book includes some of his work now in the Palestinian territories to change other people's lives for the better. Stirring stuff.

Recommended.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2009
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2012
This book, as well as giving insight and understanding of the human goals and terrible suffering involved for Arabs and Israelies in the Middle East conflicts; it also shows the real way to peace, freedom and reconciliation without violence. I found the honesty and transparancy of the author a real challenge for my own life and his God given change of heart from hate to love is an inspiration which I welcome and believe in. I highly recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
Whilst reading this book, it genuinely helps the reader understand one man's journey to faith and the complexities and dangers in the Arab world. Definitely recommend this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2010
An extremely well written & understandable book as to how a man who had committed such atrocities can be changed by the love of Jesus.
He was very brave to write such a book. God Bless him
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on 14 August 2014
This is a brilliant book very well written and grips the reader from the outset. An amazing story of a young life ruined by the bitterness of extreme islam turned around by salvation. A murderer who became a missionary, no human could make that change on their own, truly a real work of miraculous salvation in the heart of a young man and his dear wife. The sniper who learned at an early age to kill at will met the Lord Jesus, sought his forgiveness and became a great worker for the good of the Palestinian people
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on 12 September 2013
The reality of ingrained tribalism expressing itself in youth, followed by the start of maturing in Saada's twenties, is enthralling and instructive.
The pursuit of achieving his heart's desire led to a major change in his life. His transparency is refreshing, and instructive for anyone who wants to really be part of history, and effect change in today's violent world. It's a challenge to both the Christian and Muslim societies.
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on 20 March 2014
This book is very inspiring to see how The Lord Jesus can change a person in the twinkling of a eye from some one who has murder in their heart to love who you see as an enemy it just shows that Jesus is alive and still calling people to him and my prayer is many Muslim people and Jewish people will read this book to see and come to know GODS grace. Through Jesus Christ.
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on 4 May 2013
This book was mentioned by a preacher in a sermon, so I bought it. I am so glad I did. Its written style varies from diary like too remenise too adventure novel too evangelistic witness. Not a tale but the truth from the lips of a man who truly has found GOD. Do not read this for entertainment but weep and pray for the author and the people.
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on 31 July 2014
I expected a more fact based account of an "insider" to the Middle East conflict. This book however focusses too much on the mystical elements for me. I admire the work people like Tass do and their courage, but personally can't relate to all the praying and guidance by god.
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