I Shall Not Hate

I Shall Not Hate

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

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Baker & Taylor
A Harvard-educated Palestinian physician who was raised in a Gaza Strip refugee camp recounts the 2009 bombing attack that killed his daughters, describing how he has cared for patients on both sides of the conflict and won awards for humanitarian acts urging peaceful resolutions.

McMillan Palgrave

By turns inspiring and heart-breaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Izzeldin Abuelaish's account of an extraordinary life. A 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 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. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, 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."



Blackwell Publishing
"I met Dr. Abuelaish just a few days after the loss of his three daughters... We faced each other as we were about to shake hands. And then, without much thought, we held each other in a warm embrace...It is so rare, I thought, in this debilitating and devastating area we inhabit, to meet a person like him, ... a man who despite his own losses...continues his belief in humanity and its potential for good, despite all...Through his eyes I could see another way, a way the two nations could treat each other. A way that could extract what is good, special, and humane in both of them. I could see an alternative that could light up the great similarity of both peoples, one that gets denied and put down time and time again. This option, now so scorned and held in such contempt, suddenly sprang to life, embodied in the man I was watching."---David Grossman

"In this book, Dr. Abuclaish has expressed a remarkable commitment to forgiveness and reconciliation that describes the foundation for a permanent peace in the Holy Land."--- President Jimmy Carter

The extraordinary, riveting story of a `palestinian doctor who, rather than seek revenge after witnessing his three daughters' deaths by israeli tank shells, continues his call for the people of the region to come together in understanding, respect, and peace.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish---now known simply as the "Gaza doctor"---captured hearts and headlines around the world in the aftermath of horrific tragedy: On January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit his home in the Gaza Strip, killing three of his daughters and his niece.

By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Abuelaish's account of an extraordinary life. A Palestinian doctor with a degree from Harvard who was born and raised in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Abuelaish has been crossing the lines in the sand that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life---as a physician treating patients on both sides of the line; as a humanitarian who sees improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East; and, most recently, as a father whose daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Abuelaish called for the people of 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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& Taylor

Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish, who lost three daughters in the bombardment of Gaza, recounts his extraordinary life of devotion to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Publisher: New York, NY : Walker & Co., 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802779175
0802779174
Branch Call Number: 610.92 Ab93i
Characteristics: xviii, 237 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 22 cm

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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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jess09icat
Jun 22, 2013

What an amazing Palestinian man and his family to survive under the restrictions placed on Palestine by the Israelis. This man lost part of his precious family to warfare by the Israelis. But amazingly he has chosen the path of peace, he deserves the Nobel peace prize. He refuses to hate the Israelis, he has worked as a co-operating Doctor in their hospitals and believes that all people deserve medical care regardless. Compliments also to the Israelis that tried to share his dream. Ordinary men trying to work for the good of all people, but politics tears them apart. I know that ordinary Israeli families also suffer because of their country's politics. I would be interested to read a similar book written from an Israeli point of view. Why can't we all have peace and just get on with living??? The restrictions of food, medical care and other necessities is idiotic and children and adults die because all this is not available....what's wrong with our politicians on all sides? This book should be compulsory humanities reading by all High School students to make them aware of how fortunate we are in Australia not to be living under war conditions, not having to know every day, every hour, is there going to be a bomb dropped...are we going to lose some of or all of our family in one hit, where can we live when our house is bombed, what do we eat, the hopelessness of it all.

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