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One man's story of compassion and forgiveness
on 18 February 2011
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.