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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: January 2011 ISBN: 9781452670423
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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 medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians" (The New York Times), 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." Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • In this impassioned, committed attempt to show the reader life on the sliver of land that is Gaza, he demonstrates that '[a]nger is not the same as hate.' Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ren | 1/16/2014

    " Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, this book is a MUST READ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey Tyson-Tracy | 1/3/2014

    " An amazing story... a TRULY amazing story. Well written, well positioned, well timed. I don't know whether I loved the BOOK as much as I loved the message, but either way it's getting 5 stars. If you haven't read it, or are looking for a renewed faith in humanity, find a copy - or borrow mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 1/2/2014

    " One of the best books about Palestine I've read in a long time. Couple this book with anything from President Carter, and you will have learned more from these pages than from any history book, History Channel episode, or nightly news broadcast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/2/2014

    " I'd give it a 3.5 if I could. It was interesting, but the author comes off as just a little fake to me. Not realistic to me. I lived in Israel while at the BYU Jerusalem Center, and have had a chance to study the people and culture there intensively. I came back to the US with a great love and better understanding of the Palestinian people, but in my opinion -- there is not an easy solution to the Israel dilemma. Trying to get people to love one another and forgive just isn't gonna happen, in my opinion. Sorry. The nature of Islam and the extremes on both sides will prevent peace from ever coming to the masses there. If I was an Israeli, I would probably be in support of the restrictions on Gaza as well -- to protect myself. It is such a sad situation. And my heart goes out to Dr. Abuelaish, his family, his friends, his neighbors. But unfortunately, I think his plea for peace will fall on deaf ears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. | 12/19/2013

    " Memoirs of a Doctor in Gaza who surmounted incredible obstacles to obtain an education, went through extreme personal and family loss and pain while dedicating his life to helping others and promoting peace in the Middle East. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faisal Alraslany | 12/3/2013

    " Very nice book, the Dr lost his girls and went thru hard childhood and still not hate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Garabrandt | 9/3/2013

    " What a wonderful book! I have to admit to being fairly ignorant about this area. The book was very informative. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda Mcgovern | 7/22/2013

    " Great book for learning about Gaza and the history of the region, and what a day in a Palestinian's life is like. We are very blessed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Taylor | 6/5/2013

    " I have been immensely moved by this book. Izzeldin's story of growing up in Gaza and becoming one of the worlds leading fertility experts is captivating. The loss he suffered in the late 2000's is hard to read but life affirming in a strange way. I am glad this book was written and published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 8/8/2012

    " What a great story of live and understanding. It was fascinating to read and see how this man allowed the bad in his life to lead to good, rather than hatred. Also I think it was a great look at the other aide of the story. It's not too long and very impactful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Sim | 6/18/2012

    " i am deeply humbled by his journey...unbelievable strength and courage... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/20/2011

    " A Gaza doctor's joureny on the road to peace and human dignity (Israeli/Palestinian conflict.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shamel Hosni | 9/11/2011

    " This is a must read for anyone who wants an unbiased representation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and life in Gaza. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 أبي | 9/10/2011

    " This should be mandatory reading for everyone living in the Middle East. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 5/3/2011

    " I think everyone should read this book. It really makes you take a step back and appreciate your life and the freedoms we take for granted. This is very powerful and something I hope to carry with me for a long time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 5/1/2011

    " Amazing book by an amazing man. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 4/24/2011

    " Shocking, extremely moving and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna | 4/18/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/31/2011

    " As a Palestinian American and a doctor, this book could not resonate more strongly with me... Heaetbreaking and uplifting at the Same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/28/2011

    " This is an extraordinarily moving and very deeply important book, intelligent, humane and inspiring. I finished it in floods of tears. I would be surprised if the author hasn't been nominated already for the Nobel Peace Prize. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristyn | 3/18/2011

    " I won this book on Goodreads First Reads...thanks! I can't wait to review it!!! "

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