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“Once An Arafat Man” Book Review

January 7, 2010

Once An Arafat Man By Tass Saada

Once an Arafat Man: The True Story of How a PLO Sniper Found a New Life

I’m not the type of person that likes to read about war, or even watch the news because there is so much bad news out there that it can sometimes be overwhelming.   This book is different.  It’s not just a report on war in the Middle East, it’s about the journey of a former PLO sniper who learned to love instead of hate.  It reads like a novel and gives you compassion for two peoples at war over land. 

Once An Arafat Man” reminds us that Arabs are descendants of Ishmael, who was loved by God.  Although Ishmael and his mother were eventually rejected by Abraham, God did not forget His promise that Ishmael would also be blessed. God did not reject Ishmael, nor does He reject Palestinians. 

Taysir (Tass) Saada begins his story showing us how he learned to hate.  His family migrated from Israel to Saudi before he was born.  In Saudi, the natives regarded him as a refugee  even before grade school. He felt very rejected by how he and his family were treated all around.  He recalls one event when his father was beaten half to death by police called mutawwa because he was working on a Friday, Islam’s holy day.  Tass felt he did not quite belong.  He resented that his family was not able to go back home to get back what they had lost.

Many years later, Tass became a new man.  He still had struggles along the way, like the rest of us do, but he learned to love Jesus, a Jew, and learned to love the Israelis that he fought so hard to destroy.

Many of us struggle with resentment, bitterness, anger, and rejection.  This book will soften hearts and move them to work towards peace.

God bless.

(Tyndale House Publishers has provided a complimentary copy of this book.)

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