I Shall Not Hate

I Shall Not Hate

A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity

Book - 2011
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Heart-breaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is a Palestinian doctor's inspiring account of his extraordinary life, growing up in poverty but determined to treat his patients in Gaza and Israel regardless of their ethnic origin. A London University and Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and 'who has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians' (New York Times), Abuelaish is an infertility specialist who lives in Gaza but works in Israel.
On the strip of land he calls home (where 1.5 million Gazan refugees are crammed into a few square miles) 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 three daughters were killed by Israeli shells on 16 January 2009, during Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip.
It was his response to this tragedy that made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Izzeldin Abuelaish 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'.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2011, c2010.
Edition: Trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781408814147
Characteristics: xviii, 237 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.

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MB85CAL
Apr 17, 2018

An amazing account of a life lived under much hardship and daily challenges faced with grace, faith, and courage. Dr. Abeulaish is a man of courage, character, and integrity as well as an outstanding writer. Beautifully written, emotionally wrenching, and inspiring, this book is a must read. It is an eye-opener about the decades long Palestinian-Israeli conflict and its lasting effects on the innocent people caught in the middle of the political and military agendas.

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beacgg
Apr 24, 2015

Very human and touching book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Izzeldin provides a comprehensive view of the situation of Palestinians in Gaza using a very simple language . Despite his family drama, he tells his story without hatred or wish for revenge but with the hope that humanity and good faith between the parts will end the conflict.

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nbeth
Jul 14, 2014

A difficult read, but worthwhile and one of the most balanced looks at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict I've read. A great look at how healthcare and healthcare professionals can bridge the divide between people and play a great role in peace movements. The author is an inspiring and incomprehensible example of how hatred can be overcome in the worst circumstances.

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