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Once an Arafat Man


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By age 17, Tass Saada was a trained sniper, ready to kill Israelis for his leader, Yasser Arafat.

But an encounter with Jesus turned his hatred into love for the Jewish people. That new love led him to boldly share the gospel with his devout Muslim family and even with his former boss, Arafat. A story that inspires reconcilation of conflicts and divisions in our own lives. Written with New York Timesbest-selling author Dean Merrill.

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Pages: 256

ISBN: 978-1-4143-2361-9


Saada was a trusted assistant to Yasir Arafat in the late 1960s, soon after Fatah was established. His remarkable story is one of youthful violence and frustration; then he moved to the United States at age 23 to study engineering. He married an American woman, had a successful career in the restaurant business, and, in 1993, underwent a conversion to evangelical Christianity.

He has written a moving personal story that will especially satisfy readers who believe in the transformative possibilities of America and the power of faith to alter lives. Saada's experience depicts well the unfortunate situation of the Palestinian diaspora in Arab countries and the circumstances culminating in the Jordanian-Palestinian violence of "Black September" 1970.

Clearly, Saada intends to focus on the many circumstances that transformed his attitudes and activity after experiencing a miraculous religious conversion, culminating in his work in the West Bank and Gaza and his creation of "Hope Kindergarten" in the Gaza Strip. Perhaps the best part of his account is his reconciliation with Israelis and his role as a peacemaker.

One's reaction to his proposals will likely depend on how one reacts to his life experiences as a whole. Recommended for large public libraries.--Zachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Product Code: BK292i

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