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

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Tass Saada was a PLO sniper and Arafat's chauffeur, a Muslim immersed in anti-Israeli activity. As a young man he came to America, where he started a family, changed his faith, and began reconciliation with Jews. Later on he returned to Qatar to face his family and former boss, Arafat, with stories from his new life in Christ. The encounters are astounding. You'll embrace ...more
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Published October 1st 2008 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 10th 2008)
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I feel quite ambivalent about this book. The story of the author's life before his conversion is very interesting, and it is remarkable how he was able to change so much after leading a violent, selfish, and dissipated life for so long. However, the extremely evangelical descriptions of Tass's conversion experiences made me squirm. I am uncomfortable with his mention of "the prayer of salvation" - I consider such prayers rather shamanistic - and with his frequent references to God's will, as if ...more
Marja Meijers
Okay, okay... I admit, I am fascinated by these testimonies of former terrorists who finally kneel before Jesus and are totally transformed. It gives me hope that ANYTHING can happen in the Middle East. It starts with peace in the heart of men...

This book is an absolute wonderful testimony of what happens when God touches a man's heart... it is a good read, with lots of interesting information about the moslim faith and Middle East culture. Great read, highly recommended!
I have to admit that I misjudged this book from its cover. I am not one who enjoys stories of "born-again" whateveritis. As a result, had to plod through the latter section of the book which had the author kneeling/crying/praying virtually every page... Not my cup of tea...
Aaron Shields
What an awesome story of how amazing God is. Crazy how far Tass came from killing Jews to boldly proclaiming Jesus as Lord in Gaza, and witnessing to Arafat after killing for him. Wow
"Once an Arafat Man" is a well-written memoir about a man who was born a Muslim in Palestine in 1951, who grew up hating Jews, killed both Jews and Christians, but then later became a Christian and worked to bring reconciliation between Arabs and Jews. It's a fast-paced story that kept my interest from beginning to end.

He described how his family became refugees, why they were moved to Saudi Arabia, what life was like there for Palestinan refugees, how he learned to hate Jews, how he met Yasser
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The author, once a sniper and driver for Arafat and radical Palestinian muslim, came to know Christ as Lord and along with his wife established Hope for Ishmael which endeavors to bring reconciliation between Jews and Arabs. He has a heart for Palestinians. When he first read the Bible he was surprised to learn some history about Arabs. The change in this man's life could have only been accomplished by God. In the beginning of the book he hates and shoots Jews but after his conversion he comes t ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Tass Saada is a man who started his life hating the Jews and when he was old enough at the age of 17, he ran away and joined the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) as a Fatah fighter. Tass and his friends killed Jews in Israel. They attacked Christians in Jordan. They even went as far as throwing hand grenades in to their homes. Tass was born in Gaza and raised in Saudi Arabia where the Palestinians and Jews hated each other and were constantly fighting. The more violent the better, he on ...more
Steve Cran
Taysir Saada was born to refugee parents in a Refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. According to the author his parents were asked by the Arab Governments at the time to move from their house aand orange orchards in Jaffo and come back when the Arab armies were victorious. They ended up loosing.His father had bee in the orange business with a Jewish Partner who offered to shelter him when the war started. The father chose Gaza strip. Life in the refugee camp was horrible Tass was born in a tent with i ...more
S.B. Lerner
A fascinating story of a former PLO sniper who worked directly with Arafat at one point, and then came to the US, became a restaurant entrepreneur, and ultimately underwent conversion to Christianity. It isn't often you hear first hand from a former terrorist about life in the trenches, and the book is worth reading for that alone.
His acclimation to America was also interesting, kind of a self-made man story repeated by thousands of immigrants and always impressive.
Towards the middle-latter par
Bob Hayton
Once an Arafat Man: The True Story of How a PLO Sniper Found a New Life is a fascinating read. As the title indicates, this is a true story of a former Fatah fighter. Tass Saada was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza strip. His parents left their land in Israel at the encouragement of the neighboring Muslim countries. After the failure of the 1948 war, they (with many others) were displaced. He grew up in Saudi Arabia and later Qatar.

Saada, like many young frustrated Palestinians, gr
Rachel Balster
I immensely enjoyed the first half of this book. Others commented on how hateful he was which is true but it only served to highlight the change in him after he was saved. The part that amazed me was his willingness to move to Gaza. Having read other books on the area, I could not help but be in awe of such bravery and sacrifice. A very moving story. Thank you.
"Jesus is not so interested in building a religion as he is in building relationships that honor his plan for the world. These relationships are both vertical, with him, and horizontal, with our fellow human beings. when my heart is clean and I have a relationship with Jesus, it is easier to have a peaceful relationship with my neighbor." - Tass Saada

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is written in a way that I really feel people can connect with and understand. (I'm sure I connected with it
Jeff Earnhardt
Jul 04, 2014 Jeff Earnhardt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeff by: Shannon Babcock
This read like a Tom Clancy fiction novel. It was an amazing story of the most unlikely person to ever find peace. If he had never found peace, then it would have been the story of millions of other people. Tass showed more courage than I currently have. A great read for sure.
Cody Kerekffy
This is a very amazing and truly inspiring, I highly recommend it. It shows this idea of that we all can change with a little faith. As a christian I understand this. I believe the reason that people aren't open to God is because people are scare and afraid that they are not good enough, not perfect enough, or worthy or something like that. There is one part in the book that I personally love and respect is when Tass is so dedicated in telling his story of christ with others that he slept and tr ...more
This book was an easy read. I found myself very intrigue from the start of the book. Tass depicts his life as a PLO sniper. By keeping an open mind to his lifestyle of killing Israelis, Jews, and even Christians, I was taken back by the magnitude of his life. As a sinner myself, I couldn't help but be disgusted by his wrongdoings. By the Grace of God, Tass found Jesus. He realized that Jesus in the "the way, the Truth, and the life." He was not only forgiven, but God used Tass to change the live ...more
Though the writing is simple, the story is fascinating. This is the true story of Tass Saada, a former PLO sniper who came to faith in Christ. This book is full of amazing, even miraculous, stories (which I won't spoil for you by telling about them.)

Tass now works for a humanitarian organization whose mission it is reconcile the sons of Isaac and the sons of Ishmael.

An interesting and fun read. But the best part for me was the 18th chapter which offered a refreshing biblical look at the current
Angie Morris
Wow! A powerful conversion!

a must read.

This book gave me a greater understanding of Ishmael and the promises of God to the Arab people. What an amazing conversion to Christianity.

Good salvation testimony- but the title and cover is perhaps a little deceptive, as the subject left the Middle East at an early age, and only the first few chapters actually spoke of his life 'As an Arafat man'
Excellent book. How a former Arafat 'fighter' comes to love, instead of hate. About hope for reconciliation between Arabs and Jews; between Israel and Palestine. Read it for a church class.

I truly saw God's Hand in this man's life. I will pray for ALL of God's people. For all to come to a saving Faith in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Freda Labianca
Tass Saada's story was one I am going to remember for a long time. I will talk about it with my friends, and I will recommend it to all I talk to. This book was powerful!
You have to read this with an open heart and mind. I'm not going to say it's easy to swallow always, because it's not, but if it were easy, it wouldn't be real.
To see where the author came from, the world of complete hatred. To be blessed to have found the love of God, and is now Christian. His own family went from wanting to ki
A story of a man's passion for reconciliation among his people and their enemy. How God changes a person is beyond our comprehension. A great read!
Rowdy Stilwell
Good read. I enjoyed both facets of the book. I would have enjoyed more cultural background prior to his conversion.
Dudley Anderson
Very enlightening about Israeli/Palistinian relationship and inspiring by the fact of God's love and mercy.

Duane Alexander Miller Botero
The author has provided an interesting and readable conversion narrative from his days as a Fatah sniper to his present-day life as a relief worker in the West Bank city of Jericho. Some of the people he has met have big names--Osama bin Laden, Arafat--and his style is easy.

The most engaging portion of the book for me was the end, when he tackles the issue of how he views the Palestinian-Jewish debacle and his insights on how to move towards a resolution based on his understanding of Christian e
Not a fan of conversion narratives, lost interest once he left terrorism.
Brian John Karcher
Tass has devoted his life to perhaps the biggest, ugliest and deadliest conflict of our time: the Arab-Jew conflict. Tass writes: “I believe that if there were a political answer for this awful deadlock, some bright statesman or scholar would have thought of it by now.” (chapter 18)

Here is the “peace plan like no other” that Tass proposes. I find it based solidly on the gospel of Jesus Christ and deeply moving. I see his Arab-Jew struggle for peace as a model for anyone dealing with division be
Diane Peifer
Some of the very best stuff comes in the last couple of pages!
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