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The extraordinary memoir of one man’s fight for peace (PRL)

Posted on 12 April 2012 by Alice

‘This story is a necessary lesson against hatred and revenge.’ Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

I Shall Not Hate
by Izzeldin Abuelaish

Published in Arabic by BQFP
12th April 2012, QR30

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 lived in Gaza but worked in Israel. On the strip of land he calls home (where 1.5 million Gazan refugees are crammed into a few square miles) Abuelaish has been crossing the lines in the sand that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life in his capacity as a doctor but also as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.

On 16th January 2009, during the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, Izzeldin Abuelaish witnessed the death of his three daughters by shell fire. His response to this

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tragedy, broadcast live on Israeli TV moments after the attack, won him humanitarian awards around the world including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Izzeldin Abuelaish called for the people in the region to start talking to each other. Abuelaish is an inspirational speaker, a tireless peace campaigner and an advocate of woman’s rights in the Middle East.

‘I met Dr. Abuelaish just a few days after the loss of his three daughters . . . It is so rare, I thought, in this debilitating and devastating area we inhabit, to meet a person like him, a man who despite his own losses continues his belief in humanity and its potential for good, despite all . . . Through his eyes I could see another way, a way the two nations could treat each other. A way that could extract what is good, special, and humane in both of them.’ David Grossman

‘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

‘True nobility in our times belongs to those men and women who know how to rise above their pain to forgive the unforgiveable. We live in a time of bewilderment, when too many people are blinded by their own suffering, by their own tragedy, and are indifferent to the suffering of others. It takes courage to refuse to hate, to refrain from advocating revenge. This book makes us meditate on the ferocity of the world, but equally it lets us glimpse what is most precious in humanity: the trembling flame of hope.’ Amin Maalouf

About BQFP

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) is owned by Qatar Foundation and managed by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc in London. BQFP is based in Doha, Qatar, and has three main aims:

  • · Publishing: To publish books of excellence and originality to the highest editorial, design and production standards, in Arabic and in English. The list will range from board books for babies books via fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, information and reference, to academic monographs.
  • · Reading and Writing Development: to encourage the lifelong literacy in Qatar and the Arab World.
  • · Knowledge Transfer of publishing and related skills to Qatar and the Gulf region via training and other initiatives.

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