I Am Not a Spy: An Amer­i­can Jew Goes Deep in the Arab World & Israeli Army

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March 29, 2018

Few Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dents who study abroad are accused of being a spy. But that’s what hap­pens to Michael Bassin, enrolled for a semes­ter at the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­si­ty of Shar­jah in the UAE.

When Michael reveals his Jew­ish iden­ti­ty to his new class­mates, they respond with shock and suspicion.

In between vis­it­ing sur­round­ing Arab coun­tries, Michael devel­ops die-hard ene­mies and loy­al allies on cam­pus. He becomes the ambas­sador for the Jew­ish peo­ple, Amer­i­ca, and Israel as he responds to con­spir­a­cies and threats made against him.

Nev­er­the­less, he finds his efforts to pro­mote under­stand­ing are not in vain. He devel­ops gen­uine friend­ships and sees the pos­i­tive effects of face-to-face inter­ac­tion with peo­ple who had feared Jews.

Michael’s fight for peace does­n’t end with his uni­ver­si­ty expe­ri­ence. He moves to Israel and joins the Israeli army as a com­bat Ara­bic trans­la­tor, becom­ing the face of his unit dur­ing friend­ly and hos­tile inter­ac­tions with Pales­tini­ans in the West Bank.

Dur­ing his mil­i­tary ser­vice, Michael finds that per­son-to-per­son rela­tion­ships pro­vide the best path to Mid­dle East peace.

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