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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Izzeldin Abuelaish Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish—now known simply as the “Gaza doctor”—captured hearts and headlines around the world in the aftermath of horrific tragedy: on January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit his home in the Gaza Strip, killing three of his daughters and his niece.

By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Abuelaish’s account of an extraordinary life. A Palestinian doctor with a degree from Harvard who was born and raised in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and who has devoted his life to reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, Abuelaish 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 daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, 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.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What is said in this impressive book is less remarkable than who says it…Anger is fine, he says, but we must all find the inner strength not to hate. He himself has done so quite magnificently.”

    Economist

  • “Scrupulously honest…heartfelt, moving and beautifully written in a distinctive voice…. what is most remarkable is that [Abuelaish] is able to convey not only a baseline faith in the human spirit, but hope for the future.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “This story is a necessary lesson against hatred and revenge.”

    Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

  • “Abuelaish knows anger, but in this impassioned, committed attempt to show the reader life on the sliver of land that is Gaza, he demonstrates that ‘anger is not the same as hate.’”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A deeply affecting narrative told in a voice of poignant simplicity, punctuated by injunctions to love that are far from corny, tried as they are by the searing experiences of a righteous man striving to act decently in a place of madness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Peter Bryan | 2/18/2014

    " A tragic story but great swathes of this book are mind-numbingly repetitive and dare I say indulgent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/17/2014

    " Opened my eyes! Very inspiring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lorna Driscoll | 2/12/2014

    " A thought-provoking insight into the struggles of the Palestinian people....along with hope for peaceful co-existence of Israelis and Palestinians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/8/2014

    " This is an important book. While telling his own personal story, he provides an understandable, readable account of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. He is a remarkable man who has suffered great tragedies. His ability to love his neighbors as himself is the very essence of the Christian tradition -- but wait, he is Muslim! "

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About the Author

Izzeldin Abeulaish, MD, MPH, is a Palestinian physician 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 Gynecology, 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 Gertner 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.