Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish lived through something out of a nightmare: three of his daughters were killed by a military attack on his home. His life-affirming response sets an example for people everywhere. For he was angry, justifiably so, yet did not seek vengeance. Instead, he sought to honor the memory of his daughters
Dr. Abuelaish has written his powerful story, entitled I Shall not Hate: A Gaza doctor’s journey on the road to peace and human dignity. Readers travel with Dr. Abuelaish from his childhood in a refugee camp, through his medical school studies, and into the life-saving jobs that shaped his view of peacemaking. Dr. Abuelaish experienced that medical professionals, as well as patients, can cross the divisions of ethnicity, religion, and citizenship. Published in 2011, the book provides helpful background for readers who want to better understand the current situation for residents of Gaza.
The work of Dr. Abuelaish provides critical support for the building of a peaceful future through education and empowerment. We need to support visionary organizations such as Daughters for Life while also alleviating immediate crisis. If you can contribute to emergency relief in Gaza, Mercy Corps is providing humanitarian assistance with an effective network of community organizations. Please give if you are able.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the public library. No fee was received for this review.