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I Shall Not Hate [Kindle Edition]

Izzeldin Abuelaish
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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'. The extraordinary story of a Palestinian doctor who, despite witnessing the death of three of his daughters in the Israeli incursion into Gaza in January 2009, continued his medical and humanitarian work aimed at bringing the people of the region together in peace. Izzeldin Abeulaish, is a Palestinian doctor and infertility expert who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He received a scholarship to study medicine in Cairo, Egypt, and then received a diploma from the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of London. He completed a residency in the same discipline at Soroka hospital in Israel, followed by a subspecialty in fetal medicine in Italy and Belgium. He then undertook a masters in public health at Harvard University. Before his three daughters were killed in January 2009 during the Israeli incursion into Gaza, Dr Abuelaish worked as a researcher at the Gerner Institute at the Sheba hospital in Tel Aviv. He now lives with his family in Toronto, where he is an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.His website and foundation can be found at

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'This story is a necessary lesson against hatred and revenge.' (Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate)

'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)

'A journey of exceptional humanity, written with compassion, commitment and humility, set against unimaginable odds, it consumes you at every step.' (Michael Mansfield QC)


'This story is a necessary lesson against hatred and revenge.' Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate '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 'A remarkable study of compassion, and of daily life in the Gaza Strip' Sunday Times If there is to be peace in the Middle East, it will come through men and women of his giant moral stature and epic capacity for forgiveness. I urge everybody to read this wonderful book.' Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2157 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LE9106
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man's story of compassion and forgiveness 18 Feb. 2011
By Xara J
Before reading this book i knew little of the issues for Palestinians and their Israeli neighbours. This book, written as an individuals detailed experience of growing up in the Gaza strip, from his childhood in the Jabalia Refugee Camp in the 1950's doing whatever he could to help his family put food on the table, through his adult life developing a successful career as a doctor working to help women receive fertility treatment and care on both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli borders, and up until the fateful day in 2009 when three of his beloved daughters were blown up by Israeli fire on his home, and the story that went around the world following the immediacy of that act.

The story is simply written with no rhetoric, just a straightforward telling of how it is to struggle to have a happy family life and to work in Gaza. The struggle to be able to move about freely, to retain a sense of worth, to simply maintain a home and family life in the face of adversity, and to do that without harbouring hatred for those he could easily see as the perpetrators of oppression.

The book fills in the gaps (for those who know little) in terms of explaining some of the background to why the Israeli's and Palestinians are where they are today, with the overlying message from Izzeldin that it doesn't have to be that way any more.

Its a very moving story and can bring you to tears, and if you are lucky enough, as i have been, to never to have experienced anything like Izzedin's experience, then it is truly humbling and thought evoking.

A recommended read to just put life into perspective.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This man humbles me 20 May 2014
It's 1.09am. I am sat here tears streaming down my face. After reading this book I have just watched the video of Izzeldins tragic phone call captured on TV just after his 3 children and niece had been killed when his house was fired on. Then the bodies carried away to be buried. Heartbreaking is not a strong enough word to use.
I am in awe of this man. He had spent his life trying to make a better life not just for himself, but for Palestine. All he has ever believed in is the hope of bringing peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

At one point when the military said they had fired on his house because armed people were in there, Izzeldin says "my daughters were armed with love, with hope, with education, with work for peace."

I have to be honest my heart would only be filled with hate and revenge if this happened to my family. I can honestly say I do not know to what extremes I would go to if I had suffered like he. But not this man. He uses this horrific attack, this murder, to try again to get his message across. That there must be peace.

How dare I sit here in the safety of my home and bemoan that i cant afford a big house, or have no car. Or see the wrinkles appearing and grey hairs and feel sad that I am getting older. How lucky I am that I have lived and am still living. That my daughter and husband sleep soundly upstairs. I really have no idea how lucky I am. I think I appreciate life but I don't. Not like I should. This man humbles me.

I wish everyone would read this book and see the videos. I wish people would open their minds and look to the future and not the past. I fear his dream will never happen. That there will never be peace.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration 7 Sept. 2011
"I shall not hate" is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Not only has this story helped me to have a better understanding of the complexities of the region, but it has also made me feel such gratitude for so many of the things we take so much for granted in our own little worlds.

If anyone deserves happiness, it is Dr Abuelaish. Don't miss this book, it is a true lesson of life, of love, of forgiveness and of faith.

Thank you, Dr Abuelaish, for sharing your inspiring story, and your hopes for a better future...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 18 Mar. 2011
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This is a lovely book, very easy to read. It was also very informative. I now appreciate the terrible difficulties that the Palestinians have to put up with. All told without an ounce of hatred. Everyone should read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dr Abuelaish and his children are truly inspirational. Throughout history the greatest individuals are those, who regardless of everything, never give up hope and continue believing in humanity. The authors overriding message from this book, in his own words, is as follows.. '' We must work diligently on this journey to peace. Hatred and darkness can only be driven out with love and light. Let us build a new generation, one that believes that advancing human civilisation is a shared project among all peoples and that the holiest things in the universe are freedom and justice.''
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Shall Not Hate - Izzeldin Abuelaish 20 July 2011
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I found this book one of the most profound that I have ever read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know the realities of the pain of those living within occupaton in Israel / Palestine, but also as a book for those of all faiths or none, to learn what peaceful resistance is really about. Izzeldin's experiences are ones which we hope none of us will have to experience, but if we do we can learn so much from his deep convicion that hate is distructive. A few key quotes - 'Hate is an illness, it prevents healing and peace'. 'Anger is not the same as hate. Anger can be productive. Feel the anger, acknowledge it, but let it be accompanied by change. Let it propel you towards necessary action for the betterment of yourself and others'. I want to thank Izzeldin for sharing his pain and for his honesty in wrestling with some of the most painful experiences of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reduced to Tears
If you never read another book.... don't miss this one!! Heart rending, true to fact and completely unbiased. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Granny
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving . A MUST READ.
One ot the most moving books I read in ages. An eye opener also for all readers not acquainted with the wall, the check points, life in Gaza.
Published 1 month ago by Marie Philippine
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book - well worth a read - Dr Abuelaish's ...
Fantastic book - well worth a read - Dr Abuelaish's story and his personal view on the situation where he lives is incredible. Read more
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Published 5 months ago by Asanga V.
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A powerful book which has made me feel quite humble.
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Published 8 months ago by Huw davies
5.0 out of 5 stars One can only feel great sadness at the pettiness and debilitating...
Very interesting to read of the Jewish/Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian's point of view. One can only feel great sadness at the pettiness and debilitating bureaucracy to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Urquhart
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Brilliant book of the Isreali Palestinian issue.
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Wonderful book. A story of courage and dignity.
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