A response by Haitham Fadel – A Palestinian journalist


  The Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi wrote a book called “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbour”. On the book’s cover there is a drawing of an olive tree branch consisting of ten leaves that symbolize the ten letters addressing his Palestinian neighbour: The Wall Between Us, Need and Longing,…

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Salah from Palestine – my impressions after meeting Yossi and his staff


The first meeting with a person you have considered to be your enemy your entire life can change some of your perspectives and turn things upside down. The trip from Ramallah to Jerusalem for the purpose of meeting Yossi helped me to re-evaluate the relations between the two sides, regardless of…

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Ibn Dijlah’s from Iraq response


Dear Yossi, I started reading the book. It is quite passionate and uses interesting reasoning. However, to judge its value, one has to know the strategic purpose of writing and its targeted audience. It probably is not aimed at people like me who quite understand and are sympathetic to the plight…

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A response from Waleed Al-harbi from Saudi Arabia


Dear Yossi, The book that you wrote is amazing. It taught me a lot about the Jewish nation and religion. To be honest, I have become more open towards Israel over the past couple of years and this book just convinced me to continue this path. The letters you wrote do not address only the…

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Yossi Klein Halevi Asks Me To Recognize His Humanity. Can He Do The Same For Me?


Yossi Klein Halevi Asks Me To Recognize His Humanity. Can He Do The Same For Me? - Khalil Sayegh, Forward

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Rawan Osman from Syria – A letter to Yossi Klein Halevi


Dear Yossi, I am one of many Syrians living abroad, scattered around the globe. For nearly five decades, Al-Assad regime condemned us to austerity and oppression for the sake of defending the “Arab dignity” against the Israeli project. After the regime and its allies—not the Israelis—displaced and…

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Amira from Morocco – a letter to Yossi Klein Halevi


Dear Yossi,  Thank you so much for inviting me to read your book  "Letters To My Palestinian Neighbor" I like the book ! I have read about 45 pages so far but I managed to understand so many things about you, you history, your identity  and why you wrote this book. I will continue reading your book…

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A. Atar from Iraq – response to “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor”


Dear Yossi, I am writing these words not out of hostility to the culture of origin but out of desperation to find new ways to overcome its social barriers that hamper social progress that would have made me feel proud of where I originally come from.. The intended social progress is in the context…

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Aboud Dandachi: a former Syrian refugee’s response to “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor”


Review of “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” Dear Yossi, from someone who is not your neighbor. Tomorrow is October 19th. Not a particularly note worthy date. But tomorrow it will be exactly 2 years and 3 months since I landed in Canada, one refugee on a plane carrying 20 others. To me, the 19th…

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A book review to “Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor” by Ali Alayed


The name of this book attracted me immensely but I didn’t imagine that I would finish reading it within a few hours from the minute I started reading the first letter. I have had the honour to be invited to read the book “Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor” written by Yossi Klein Halevi, and ever…

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Abdelgawad Sayed’s second response to Yossi Klein Halevi


Dear Yossi, Thanks for your kind answer to my Arabic article published on Alhewar Almotamaden in 13/7/2019, commenting on your book, letters to my neighbors the Palestinians , and once again I decided to make this answer in an article to involve more people in the dialogue and to reach you -dir-ect…

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Dr. Elham Manea’s Second Response to Yossi’s Letter


This is Dr. Manea's second response to Yossi's letter to her. If you would like to read Dr. Manea's first response to the book click here. Dear Yossi, I received your letter last Sunday and was touched by its honest words. I cherished it. On the same day I was leaving for a week of workshops in…

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A letter to Yossi from Lyn Julius – the author of Uprooted


Dear Yossi Your book is a lyrical, valiant, well-written, faith-based attempt to set out the case for Israel. For Jews these are well-rehearsed arguments, but I thought your idea of addressing a Palestinian audience is inspiring. Congratulations! As the daughter of Iraqi-Jewish refugees, I was…

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Said from Saudi Arabia writes to Yossi


Dear Yossi, First of all, I would like to thank you for inviting me to read this book and write my thoughts about it. After having read your book I found it to be valuable an important. You, the author, had the courage to address the most sensitive and controversial issues regarding the…

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Salah From Palestine


My notes/book review –  Salah from Palestine Since Mr. Yossi is a prominent writer and journalist, he has successfully introduced the Jewish narrative to the Arab readers in this book. The storytelling was smooth and beautiful. The writer implemented several fundamental media tactics/tools for…

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Abdelgawad Sayed from Egypt – a blog post


Dear Yossi, First of all, I would like to thank you for inviting me to read your valuable book “Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor “. I found this book eloquently written, rich with emotions and good faith. I published my review in order to spread the word and broaden the circle of dialogue, hoping…

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Correspondence between Sultan from Saudi Arabia and Yossi


Dear Yossi, Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to read your inspiring book, where I found genuine and honest intentions to spread peace among all human beings, not only Arabs and Israelis. After having read the book - I agree with you in so many issues you raised. I also want you to…

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Dr. Elham Manea’s first response- Imagine Peace and Work for It


Imagine Peace and Work for It   “You have to start somewhere.” She told me. She is a veteran female mediator I met in a national dialogue conference, organized by the Finnish Foreign Ministry, in Helsinki, November 2015. We were having our breakfast early in the morning, before the sessions…

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Abdelillah from Morocco


Dear Yossi, I have never read such a wonderful book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It took me only a few days to finish reading it in Arabic (over 100 A4-pages). I needed to pause and think after reading each paragraph because each and every paragraph taught me about history, Judaism and…

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Fred Maroun from Ottawa


I have read many books on the Israel Arab conflict, yet I consider that "Letter to my Palestinian neighbor", a very short book by Yossi Klein Halevi, to be the best book that I have read on the conflict. This is why. First, the book explains in very simple yet eloquent terms the whole context of…

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Anonymous Reader


I read and truly immersed myself in this book. There are things I want to express which might give away my ignorance, but I am going to force myself to be uncensored. This in keeping with the spirit of this book, which I felt was also uncensored and heartfelt. This book, this emotional appeal, is…

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Stuart


A Letter to My Israeli Neighbor, Yossi In a few weeks we'll be marking the 49th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. Why is this significant? I believe Americans growing up in the Woodstock era have been deeply and intimately affected by the "Peace, Love, and Happiness" slogan and magical feeling…

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Rev. Jackie from Rhode Island


Shalom, Yossi. It has been two years (?) since my husband, Ed, and I visited you in your office in Jerusalem. I remember well your hospitality and our conversation about, among other things, teaching interfaith dialogue to teenagers. I just finished reading "Letters To My Palestinian Neighbor," and…

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Jay from Chicago


Dear Yossi, I have just finished reading your book. I read it nearly in one sitting. I found it very moving--rawly honest, stirringly compassionate, never shrinking from the hard critique either of Palestinians or Israelis. I felt your passion and love for Israel and the Jewish people, and your…

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Yossi's Replies


Yossi’s response to Amira from Morocco


Dear Amira, Thanks so much for writing. I’m so glad the book is speaking to you. I hope you will continue to find it worthy. I especially appreciate the way the word “Neighbor” resonated for you as a Muslim. Can you tell me something about yourself? Where are you from? What work do you do? I will…

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Yossi’s response to A. Atar from Iraq


  Dear A. Atar, First, thanks so much for your warm words about my book, and for taking the time to not only read but to respond. I deeply appreciate your focus on the psychological dimensions of the conflict. I agree with you that a crucial component of the Arab world's hostility to Israel is…

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Yossi’s response to Aboud Dandachi


Dear Aboud, I was deeply touched by your response to my book (so touched in fact that I sent it to my three children). I so much appreciated your emphasis on the need for us to know each other -- the simple basic elements that define our identities and culture. Jews and Arabs once lived in…

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Yossi’s response to Sultan from Saudi Arabia


Dear Sultan, Your wonderful letter touched me deeply. Thank you, my friend – and I feel that, though I know almost nothing about you, we have already become friends. I wholeheartedly endorse your idea that personal connections between Arabs and Israelis can help ease the task of the politicians to…

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Yossi’s response to Mr. Abdelgawad Sayed’s first blog post response


Dear Abdelgawad Sayed,  Thanks so much for your warm and supportive – and challenging – letter, for all of which I am grateful. You are right: Though I wrote my letters to a Palestinian neighbour, this is a conversation that all of us in this region must have together. Thank you for joining and…

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Yossi’s first response to Dr. Elham Manea


The following is the author's response to Dr. Elham Manea's Imagine Peace and Work for It response. Dear Elham, First, forgive me for not responding sooner to your wonderful letter. I read it several times, and each time felt I was learning something new. To begin with, yes, I certainly was told by…

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Why have Jews been persecuted? Yossi responds to a very common question by his book’s readers


"What are the reasons behind the continuous historical persecution of the Jewish people throughout history? Why did the Jews specifically go through all of this persecution?" Great question. Entire books have been written trying to answer that question. I am currently reading two of them, both…

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