Once an Arafat Man: Tass Saada Shares His Story

Date(s) - March 26, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

ABC Restaurant

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My friend and Partner, Tass Saada will be in the Vancouver, BC area from March 24-31.14.On Sunday Night March 30 at 6:30pm he will be sharing his story at Surrey Pentecostal Assembly,   16870  – 80th Avenue, Surrey, BC V4N 5A1 (Fraser Hwy., and 168 Street) He may be available to speak and share in other churches or home groups.Please contact me to discuss . . .

Mel Wiebe   604-836-4546 .


From Anger to Love – Taysir Abu Saada (Tass) knows first-hand what it means to be gripped by hopelessness. Born into a Muslim family in the Gaza Strip in 1951, his parents immigrated to Saudi Arabia shortly after his birth. After the humiliating Arab defeat in the 1967 war with Israel, Tass joined the “Fatah Forces” (PLO under Arafat). In Fatah, Tass was trained as a sniper to kill Jews. He also trained children to fight and kill Jews.

After several years with Fatah, family circumstances drew him back home. Then, desperate for a change, Tass moved to the United States in 1974, married an American girl (Karen), and became successful in business. He gained American citizenship in 1979, and in 1993 he had an amazing conversion from anger to love, which is covered in his book, Once an Arafat Man. Although he enjoyed his life in the US, Tass realized the people of his homeland were still trapped in a cycle of violence, poverty and despair. In response, he and his wife founded Hope for Ishmael, a 501(c)(3) religious organization intent on making a difference, one life at a time, in Israel and the West Bank.

“We recognize that the way to provide a better future for the people of Israel and the West Bank is to physically instill hope into their communities,” explains Tass. “By providing basic needs such as nutritious food, education and jobs, we can show them a more profitable way of living. By coming alongside them, we can establish working, peaceful communities that give hope where once there was none.”


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