I Shall Not Hate
A Gaza Doctor's Journey
A Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Izzeldin Abuelaish is an infertility specialist who lives in Gaza but works in Israel. The Gaza doctor has been crossing the lines in the sand that
divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life--as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the line, as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East. And, most recently, as the father whose daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers on January 16, 2009, during Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip.
It was Izzeldin's response to this tragedy that made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, he called for the people in the region to start talking to each other. His deepest hope is that his daughters will be "the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis."
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Sand and Sky
It was as close to heaven and as far from hell as I could get that day, an isolated stretch of beach just four kilometres from the misery of Gaza City, where waves roll up on the shore as if to wash away yesterday and leave a fresh start for tomorrow....
A Globe and Mail Best Book
"In this book, Doctor Abuelaish has expressed a remarkable commitment to forgiveness and reconciliation that describes the foundation for a permanent peace in the Holy Land."
— President Jimmy Carter, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
"It is impossible to read this book without feeling deep compassion for Abuelaish and his surviving children, and profound respect for his determination to turn tragedy into triumph."
— Winnipeg Free Press
“A passionate human cry for peace and understanding.”
— Jonathan Garfinkel, The Globe and Mail (Best Book)
“This story is a necessary lesson against hatred and revenge.”
— Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
“Powerful. . . . Moving. . . . Abuelaish does not attempt to set out a political solution to the conflict. He simply tells his own story, with clarity and a humanity of vision.”
— The Gazette
“A vivid, haunting and all but heartbreaking account. . . . Fast-paced, skillfully organized and highly evocative.”
— Toronto Star
“Unshakeable courage, optimism and belief in the healing power of love is [Abuelaish’s] story. . . . This book, penned from the heart, with grace and insight, is his way of engaging us all in this quest [to create peace between Israelis and Palestinians].”
— Heather Reisman, Heather’s Pick