The Terrorist's Son

The Terrorist's Son

A Story of Choice

Book - 2014
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"What is it like to grow up with a terrorist in your home? Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5th, 1990, his father El-Sayed Nosair shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. In one of his infamous video messages, Osama bin Laden urged the world to "Remember El-Sayed Nosair." In The Terrorist's Son, Ebrahim dispels the myth that terrorism is a foregone conclusion for people trained to hate. Based on his own remarkable journey, he shows that hate is always a choice and so is tolerance. Though Ebrahim was subjected to a violent, intolerant ideology throughout his childhood, he did not become radicalized. Terrorist groups tap into certain vulnerabilities that are usually circumstantial poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, lack of resources and options. Ebrahim shows how those same vulnerabilities can create great strengths, leading people to form great reserves of empathy and tolerance. He believes that, because we all have a deep capacity for empathy, humans have the choice-and can find the will-to reject negative ideology."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : TED Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014
Edition: First TED Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476784809
1476784809
Call Number: 303.625 Eb76t
Characteristics: 96 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Giles, Jeff - Author

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This story is one for everyone wondering what happens to the families of all the people who commit acts of violence and how they too are human and how people have to choose this path. Muslims and all other regions aren't evil in any way or shape or form.

Excelsior Branch Book Club selection for January. The inspiring story of a young man renouncing his father's extremist views and dedicating himself to tolerance and empathy.

Author Zac Ebrahim's father not only assassinated the head of the Jewish Defense League, he also plotted to bomb the World Trade Center. Despite being raised by such a man, Ebrahim makes a compelling case for tolerance and empathy in this moving memoir.

Author Zac Ebrahim's father not only assassinated the head of the Jewish Defense League, he also plotted to bomb the World Trade Center. Despite being raised by such a man, Ebrahim makes a compelling case for tolerance and empathy in this moving memoir.

SFPL's July/August 2016 On the Same Page selection.


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ArapahoeLesley Nov 17, 2016

What a great little book. Kids should have to read this in school.

PimaLib_PamP May 07, 2015

A TED talk inspired book: This book is a quick and powerful read. We get the inside story of what it's like when a parent becomes radicalized and that his children can make different choices, positive choices in their own lives.

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