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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 01 edition (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408822091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408822098
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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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 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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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.

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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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Everyone should read this book and find out exactly how and why and what it is like for both sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict . A not to be missed story!
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Brilliant
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What an incredible and inspiring book - and what an amazing man. Would highly recommend it
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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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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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"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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I have just read this book and feel so humbled by this wonderful mans humanity and forgiveness in the face of great adversity.He shows that ordinary people on both side of the divide full of caring and compassion, I really hope for his sake that politicians will take note and come to a satisfactory conclusion for both parties. Everyone should read this book ,and he should get recognition for his sheer determination to overcome object poverty and crippling loss of family.
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