I Shall Not Hate

I Shall Not Hate

A Gaza Doctor's Journey

Book - 2010
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"What can you do? You can do a lot. You can support justice for all by speaking out loudly to your family, friends, community, politicians and religious leaders. You can support foundations that do good work. You can volunteer for humanitarian organizations. You can vote regressive politicians out of office. You can do many things to move the world toward greater harmony...

"I know that what I have lost, what was taken from me, will never come back. But as a physician and a Muslim of deep faith, I need to move forward to the light, motivated by the spirits of those I lost. I need to bring them justice... I will keep moving but I need you to join me in this long journey."
-from I Shall Not Hate

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 a niece.

By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, hopeful and horrifying, this is Abuelaish's account of a Gazan life in all its struggle and pain. A Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Abuelaish is an infertility specialist who lived in Gaza but plied his specialty in Israeli hospitals. From the strip of land he calls home (a place where 1.5 million refugees are crammed into 360 square kilometres of land), the Gaza doctor has been crossing the lines that divide the region for most of his life, as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the border and as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved public health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.

But it was Abuelaish's response to the loss of his children that made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, in this personal account of his life, Izzeldin Abuelaish is calling for the people of the Middle East 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: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2010.
ISBN: 9780307358882
0307358887

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becker
May 03, 2012

This man has experienced many painful losses in his life. It is an inspiring story of how he has risen above the decades long struggle between the Palestinians and the Israeli's in his effort to promote peace in his homeland. This is a good human interest story and a quick and informative history lesson about the the conflict in Israel.

Junglequeen Dec 30, 2011

Sad but inspiring book. Beautiful family but how the good man suffered. Fascinating read.

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gbox
Aug 13, 2011

The only thing stopping me from giving this book 5 stars is the fact that a few times through out the book he becomes slightly repetitive. He has a very important message of peace and coexistence though, and this book holds great potential in changing people's views on life, the world we live in, and how we need to treat one another. Would definitely recommend a read on this one.

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 13, 2011

If you enjoy reading inspirational non-fiction then you won’t be disappointed with “I shall not hate: a Gaza doctor’s journey”. Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor who is a strong supporter of bridging the impasse between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples. Born in Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza strip he became a doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He became one of a few Palestinian doctors working in Israeli hospitals.
His family of eight children lost their mother to cancer in 2008.
In January 2009 during the Gaza War three of his daughters and his niece were killed when their home was bombed. Another daughter, niece and brother were seriously injured in that attack. Dr. Abuelaish called Sholomi Eldar, a friend who was a TV announcer in Israel. For seven minutes the world heard about what was happening to his family. This call saved the lives of his injured family members because they were able to
send them over the border to an Israeli hospital for treatment.
A must read for all who believe in peace and mutual respect for the Middle East.

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JEH
Jul 10, 2011

An excellent book! A powerful message of peace. Worth the read.

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lilwordworm
Apr 24, 2011

The power of forgiveness is the most moving message Dr. Abuelaish leaves us with in this biography. Triumphing over history, religion, war and the most painful personal tragedies, he uses his own actions to move positively forward. His dedication and drive for change is completely touching and admirable.

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DeltaQueen50
Apr 18, 2011

What an eye-opener I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish was. This is the first book I have read by a Palestinian, not to mention one who was born and lived all his life in Gaza. Born to poverty in the internment camps, yet managing to educate himself and train as a doctor, this man is quite a role model. His cries of Peace, Brotherhood and Non-retaliation appear to fall on mostly deaf ears but, perhaps someday major advances will be made in regards to the plight of the Palestinian people.

One of the things I most admire Dr. Abuelaish for is his stand on education for women. He feels this is one of the ways to bring the Palestine situation to a peaceful resolution. He is convinced that if women had some control we wouldn’t see as many advocates of war. He is putting his money where is mouth is as well by establishing an education fund in the name of his slain daughters and niece.

Yes, this man has lost a lot. Three of his daughters and one niece were killed when a Israelis tank shot a missile into his home. Another daughter and niece were badly wounded. So many wrongs have been committed on both sides, yet, he still says that both sides should not dwell in the past. Moving on and laying the past to rest is the way to a sustainable future.

Perhaps a naïve and over-simplified view, but I found this to be a very readable book about an admirable man, his family, his countrymen and his hope to see Israel and Palestine find the road to peaceful coexistence.

debwalker Jan 04, 2011

Chosen by Sheema Khan as her book of the Year: "I Shall Not Hate is the moving, personal story of Dr. Izzeldine Abuelaish, a physician from Gaza, whose three daughters and niece were killed at home in 2009 by two rockets fired by the Israeli Defense Force. Immediately after the shelling, Dr. Aboueleish contacted his friend Shlomo Eldar, an Israeli broadcaster; the anguished cries of a bereaving father were broadcast throughout the region, and the world. Incredibly, Dr. Aboueleish did not express a desire for revenge, but rather, renewed his commitment for peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

"Despite enduring the hardships of occupation, Dr. Abuelaish nurtured a bold vision based on the common humanity of two peoples. It is an inspiring story of one man’s courage, faith and compassion in the face of so much darkness. It is a message that we can all learn from. This book should be in Yann Martel’s reading list for Stephen Harper."

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opl_fan1
Jan 02, 2011

This is a very compelling book. The author describes in excruciating detail what he endured during his years in Gaza, with a focus on the days and hours before and after his wife's death, and his 3 daughters' death in his apartment, victims of an Israeli Defense Force tank shell. But in the midst of all the grief and loss, Dr. Abuelaish has chosen not to hate the perpetrators. Yes, he is a Gazan, and takes a particular position with respect to the war in Gaza. But this is not a Pro-Gaza, Anti-Israeli book. This is a cry to dialogue, a call for both sides to stop the hatred, and to start to talk and to get to know each other as fellow human beings.

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