Responses from Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs


A response from Ayad Hwady from Iraq


Dear Yossi, I would love to share my honest opinion with you regarding your letters to your dear neighbor. From someone who comes from Arab and Islamic origins you’d expect my mind to be filled with pre-judgmental ideas as a result of the education I was brought up on when I was a child and a…

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A warm response by Yousef from Palestine


  Dear brother, Yossi, I used to be your "next door" neighbor, one of many Palestinians you are addressing, but my family managed to move to the UK several years ago because we have relatives here and I choose to call you brother because we are no longer neighbors but I feel as if we,…

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A response from Mrs. Suhair from Iraq


  Asalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatu (Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you),   Thank you so much for your warm wishes to the people of Iraq. I believe that these wishes come straight from your heart and your kindness.  This book is a serious step towards bringing Arabs…

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A response from Omar from Syria


  Dear Yossi,  I read your wonderful book which shows how much effort you have put into it and proves your dedication to spread the words of truth: these words that reflect the spirit of millions of Jewish men, women and kids for thousands of years. Your words represent the voice of…

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A response by the Kuwaiti writer AbdulAziz Alqenaei


  “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor “is a book that was published in 2018, is available both in English and in Arabic, and is currently being translated to Hebrew. The Arabic edition has 107 pages and the Author’s name is Yossi Klein Halevi. Yossi is a writer and a commentator on Jewish and…

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A letter to my Jewish Neighbor by M.G from Bethlehem


                                                          A letter to my Jewish Neighbor When I first heard/read on one of the websites online (I can’t remember if it were a Palestinian or an Israeli one) about the book, it stuck in my mind and I knew that I had to read it and send you my own…

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Kamal Al-Hasoon’s response to Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor


  Dear Yossi, I was seven years old when I heard the word “Israel” for the first time and that was while I was a pupil studying in one of the Syrian Baathist schools. They taught us that Israel was the occupying entity which is trying to take over the entire Arab world. I was surrounded by…

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Salaam’s response – An Egyptian reader


  Dear Yossi,  Thank you so much for sharing this marvelous literary work with me. Without getting into too many details, reading the book stirred my emotions and brought up a lot of old memories, sorrows, moments of happiness and pain and, at the same time, gratitude to God. I hope we meet…

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A book review by the Journalist Suzan Quitaz – London


  I have lost the account of the number of books I have read about the Palestinian Israeli conflict. In where the discourse is often one-sided supporting the narrative of one over the other. Halevi’s book "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor" looks beyond the claim of whose claim is more holly…

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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…

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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…

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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 honor to be invited to read the book “Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor” written by Yossi Klein Halevi, and…

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Abdelgawad Sayed’s second response to Yossi Klein Halevi


ABDELGAWAD'S **SECOND** RESPONSE Dear Yossi, Thank you for your kind reply to my Arabic article that was published on Alhewar Almotamaden in 13/7/2019, in response to your book, "Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor",  and once again I decided to publish my response in an article in order to get…

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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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Book club activity: Eyas, Family, Friends, and Fun in Jerusalem


Eyas: Family, Friends, and Fun in Jerusalem - Eyas - By Debate For Peace

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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


Dear Yossi, 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…

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Other Responses


A letter from Jordan G. – A high school youth from the U.S.


Dear Distant Cousin, I am not Palestinian, I am a member of the very much assimilated American Jewry. I know I am not part of the group that you extended your invitation to write to. I am sure that you have received dozens of gushing responses from people like me who think that maybe if they make…

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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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Yossi's Replies


Yossi’s Response to the Palestinian journalist Haitham Fadel


Yossi’s Response to the Palestinian journalist Haitham Fadel. You can find the translation to Haitham's response here   Dear Haitham Fadel, Thank you for responding to my book. I invited Palestinians to respond and you were among those who did. I didn’t ask for a positive response, only for an…

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Yossi’s response to the Iraqi reader Ibn Dijlah


Yossi's response to the Iraqi reader Ibn Dijlah. You can read Ibn Dijlah's response here  Dear Ibn Dijlah, First, thank you for your generous response to my book. Forgive the long delay in my response. I’ve been traveling abroad and only recently returned home. I also want to express my solidarity…

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Yossi’s Response to the Saudi writer Ali Alayed


  Yossi’s Response to the Saudi writer Ali Alayed. You can find the translation to Ali’s response here. Dear Ali AlAyed, Please forgive my long delay in responding to your gracious and generous review of my book. I could not have possibly hoped for a more thoughtful response from a reader…

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Yossi’s response to Salah from the West Bank


This is Yossi's response to Salah from Palestine. To read Salah's response please check this link Dear Salah, First, my apologies for not being in touch sooner. I’ve been traveling abroad for much of this period and have been derelict in maintaining connections, including keeping in touch with…

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Yossi’s response to Amira from Morocco


THis is Yossi's response to Amira from Moroocco. To read Amira's response please check this link.    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…

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Yossi’s response to A. Atar from Iraq


  This is Yossi’s Response to the reader A. Atar from Iraq. You can find the translation to A.Atar's response here   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…

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Yossi’s response to Aboud Dandachi


This is Yossi's response to Aboud Dandachi's letter. You can find Aboud's response Here. 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…

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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


This is Yossi's response to the Egyption reader Abdelgawad Sayed. To read Abdelgawad's letter click Here. 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…

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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…

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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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