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I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey

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"What can you do? You can do a lot. You can support justice for all by speaking out loudly to your family, friends, community, politicians and religious leaders. You can support foundations that do good work. You can volunteer for humanitarian organizations. You can vote regressive politicians out of office. You can do many things to move the world toward greater harmony…

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Random House Canada (first published 2010)
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May 04, 2013 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be warned, don't read this book in public. In spite of knowing what was coming I was unable to stop tearing up, or just outright crying. In fact, I had to take breaks in order to pull myself together.

The book didn't grip me from the beginning but as I followed Izzeldin's story I became more and more awe-inspired by him. It wasn't just his attitude which, in itself, is extraordinary given his experiences, nor was it what he has achieved in spite of the obstacles in his way. It was his ability to
مصطفي سليمان

كتاب تحتار كتير قدامه وتفكر مليون مرة
ف انك هتقول ايه
بس انا ف نقطة وصلت لشئ أكيد
لا اللي بيعمله دا كتير وف نوعا ما بشكل كبير من التفريط
الحب والتسامح شئ رائع وسامي بل كمان شئ ديني حض عليه الاسلام
لكن مش بالشكل دا

تخيل الاتي
انت عندك أسرة مكونة من 8 أطفال زوجتك أختارها الله ان تقابله فجاءة بعد معاناة سريعة مع مرض السرطان
بعد ذلك بفترة قليلة يحدث اجتياج الاسرئيلي ف غزة
دبابة اسرائيلية لطيفة تقذف منزلك تحديدا غرفة بناتك تقتل علي الفور 3 بنات و قريبة لهم تدخل الغرفة لتجد بشكل واضح اشلائهم
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Aug 01, 2012 Karen.s rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stayed up till 3:30 am reading this book, tears soaking my pillow. I was watching live on Israeli tv when he was interviewed as half his family was wiped out in an accidental mistargeting of a missile from an Israeli tank in the Gaza war of 2008-2009. It was blood-curdling and something I won't forget. This man has every reason to hate Israelis but doesn't due to his own strong, unshakeable convictions. He is inspiring not only for his belief in peace no matter what happens but his tenacity in ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Esti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I will keep moving, but I need you to join me in this journey.”

Namanya Izzeldin. Penampilannya biasa, tak istimewa. Dia lahir sebagai anak pertama dari istri kedua seorang pria Palestina yang tinggal di kamp pengungsian Jabalia City. Tetapi di sosok biasa-biasa ini tersimpan sebuah jiwa dan hati yang luar biasa.

Terlahir dari keturunan tetua desa yang terusir karena pendudukan Israel, sejak kecil hidup Izzeldin tidaklah mudah. Dia harus membantu sang ibu mengais rejeki di kamp pengungsian yang p
Mar 06, 2011 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You read a book like Abuelaish’s and you can’t help but feel humbled — and maybe a little ashamed…ashamed because if everyone — you included — could even be a little like Abuelaish, then maybe the world would be a better place.

Abuelaish, also known as “the Gaza doctor,” put a face to the struggles of life on the Gaza Strip when, on January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit his home and killed three of his daughters and a niece.

This memoir, he writes, is part-memoir and part-plea — a plea that his dau
Randa Aburamadan
يضرب أبو العيش في هذا الكتاب مثلا رائعا للعفو والمصالحة،
يوضح أساس سلام دائم في الأراضي المقدسة".
جيمي كارتر، الرئيس الأمريكي الأسبق
اليوم نزل في الاسواق كتاب "لن أكره" للدكتور الفلسطيني عز الدين أبو العيش، قصتو معروفه في كل العالم كيف استشهدوا بناتو التلاته في العدوان الأخير على غزة.. بس اللي ما بيتصدق هو كيف لهلأ بدو سلام.. إقرأو الكتاب لتعرفوا حياة هادا الشخص غير العادي
Oct 09, 2014 Omama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عز الدين شخص مثل غيره من الفلسطينيين المنكوبين، مرّ بمأساة بالغة الألم، ما يجعله مختلفًا هو أنه اختار أن يعبّر عن سخطه بطريقة مختلفة. ذكرني بكتاب تلك العتمة الباهرة
عرف السجين أن الكراهية لا تضرّ إلا صاحبها فاختار سلامه الشخصي.

طوال قراءتي للكتاب كنت أفكر كيف يمكن أن يتساوى الضحية والجلاد في المسؤولية عن الدمار، كيف يمكن أن يوضع المحتل وصاحب الأرض في نفس المنزلة.
نحن معروفون بكراهيتنا لإسرائيل، -ومعنا الحق في ذلك- جميعنا ومن ضمنهم أنا طبعًا، نقول أنه لا مصالحة ولا سلام بعد كل الدمار الذي كانوا سببه
Ameenah Alhassan
إن ما فرأته في هذا الكتاب يبدو صعبا ، النفس البشرية ليست غصن بان بهذه المرونة ، كيف لطبيب فلسطيني من مخيم لاجئين جباليا أن يمد جسر سلام مع اسرائيل !!؟ لعل الدكتور أبو العيش نجح في تخطي حواجز كثيرة لا يمكن لأي فلسطيني تجاوزها ، عمله كطبيب منحه القدرة بعض الشيء أن يكون مختلفا ففي المستشفى المعادلات تختلف و لا يبقى سوى محاولة دفع الألم دون النظر لما يحدث خارجها ..
كتب الدكتور عز الدين مثالا كبيرا في ترويض نفسه ليعيش السلام الداخلي الذيي مكنّه من معايشة الواقع بسلام وإلا لما استطاع أن يستمر في المطا
This is a very powerful memoir from a man who's life was affected in every single detail, by living in Gaza.
He immerses the reader in his life-story, from his early childhood until his departure to Canada.

On January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit his home in the Gaza Strip, killing three of his daughters Aya, Mayar and Bessan, and his niece Noor.

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(Mayar, Aya and Bessan)

Despite the hardships and losses he and his family have gone through, he keeps believing in peace and rejects violence, hatred
Steve Cran
Nov 01, 2011 Steve Cran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the Gaza siege Shlomi Eldar a news caster on Israeli television interviewed a fertility expert from Gaza. Live and on air the viewer had the window of opportunity to see and experience Palestinian pain. Live and on the air over a cell phone a doctor from Gaza recounted how an Israeli tank fired a shell that smashed through the wall of this doctor's house killing his three daughters and niece. Shlomi Eldar could not hang up the fun and excused himself from the newscast. Backstage he contac ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Kaylene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Absolutely incredible. EVERYONE should read this book. The world needs more people like Izzeldin Abuelaish - a truly amazing man.
Apr 16, 2011 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
This is an amazingly inspirational memoir by a Palestinian doctor, born in a refugee camp in Gaza, and who, after his wife died, then lost 3 of his daughters when the Israelis fired into his home in the Gaza strip. His daughters died simply because they had been sleeping against "the wrong wall" that evening.

Although angry and deeply grieving the death of his 3 daughters, Dr Abuelaish felt no hatred towards the Israelis who had conducted the unprovoked attacks. His live interview on Israeli tel
Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
Certainly an amazing memoir; a story that does not leave you. Dr. Abuelaish deftly and clearly explains how his refusal to hate the soldiers who fired upon his home, killing three of his daughters, a niece and injuring other children stems from his upbringing. Born into a Gazan refugee camp, he knows only poverty, injustice and humiliation. Yet, through his parents' support and determination to receive a solid education, Izzeldin works to earn high marks and admission to Cairo University to beco ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Mish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mish by: Kaylene
No words can describe the horrific events this man had to endure and witness. Yet to come out of it all with hope, compassion and understanding for the future of the Palestinians and Israelis is just inspiring. Izzeldin is a remarkable man. Highly recommend it
Jan 06, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so powerful because of Dr. Abueliash's determination not to hate Israelis, despite the death of his daughters and his constant struggles. It's definitely an eye opener to what life in Gaza is like.
Jan 04, 2015 Paulo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
A terribly sad story of the life of one Palestinian doctor in Gaza and the pain he has endured, but above all a wonderful story of love, hope and peace in the face of the desperation. This book is a book about humanity, about forgiving and about believing in the most wonderful thing of all, peace and love between two people, even when reality is harsh. A story about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict which should be read by all, and which, for a change, only takes the side of hope and peace. I r ...more
Sarah Lameche
Jul 20, 2014 Sarah Lameche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: palestine
It's 1.09am. I am sat here tears streaming down my face. After reading this book I have just watched the video of Izzeldins tragic phone call captured on TV just after his 3 children and niece had been killed when his house was fired on. Then the bodies carried away to be buried. Heartbreaking is not a strong enough word to use.
I am in awe of this man. He had spent his life trying to make a better life not just for himself, but for Palestine. All he has ever believed in is the hope of bringing p
David P
Nov 28, 2012 David P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a raw and emotional autobiography, well written by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, born and raised in a Gaza a refugee camp. Here are insights into the life experienced in and around Gaza, "a time bomb in the process of imploding," and also into the author's own life as a scrupulous and dedicated physician. For most people of Gaza, life is festering poverty while hemmed between Israeli barbed wire and Hamas guns, and the title concisely describes the author's own creed. The long introduction to ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this was a very difficult story to read-painful, gut-wrenching and heartbreaking-I am so glad I read it. We need to know this story, which is tragically a story shared by many. The marvel is that is is also a story of forgiveness and hope.
Dima 
May 10, 2015 Dima  rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aside from the heart-rending story and what happened to him and his family.
I will write a full review about it, but I would never recommend it to anyone tbh. :( :(
Nicholas Nagykery
If you want to understand why there is so much violence in the Middle East and what the roots of terrorism and oppression are, you must read this book. It is not so much a history of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, although you will learn a lot about that also, but book about having hope in spite of enormous personal loss. Dr. Izzeldin Abueliash’s words resonate with truth and integrity. If you are like me, you will find solutions to many of the troubles you face from the wisdom ...more

لطالما ناديت بالحكمة التي علمنيها والدي " إن لم تعمل ما تحب فحب ما تعمل" والحقيقة أني وجدت لها آثارا إيجابية كثيرة في حياتي.

وأنا أقرأ هذه الرواية، حاولت أن أفهم سلوك أبي العيش من خلالها باحثة له عن كل المبررات الممكنة لندائه بالتعايش ومحاولة قبول الطرف الآخر بتسامح يرتقي بالإنسان لأعلى مستويات الإنسانية.

حسنٌ جدا.. كل هذا جميل

تقول صديقة قارئة في قراءتها لهذا المنجز أنها تعتقد بكون أبي العيش باحثا عن السلام الداخلي بعد عجز تحقيق السلام على مستوى أعم.

هذا جميل جدا أيضا
ما ليس جميلا هو المساحة الواسعة
Florence Millo
Jun 16, 2014 Florence Millo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Shall not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish

This is a difficult book to read, to think about, and to write about. I am a well-educated professional woman and it was like a bucket of cold water being poured over my head to realize how ignorant I was concerning the Palestinians, their history, and their living conditions.

There are so many things about Dr. Abuelaish's life that are just inconceivable. He was born in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip into grinding poverty that to the average pe
This was not an easy memoir to read, to really consider how our own government is complicit with the deprivation of the Palestinians. Yet Dr. Abuelaish's faith and approach to peace, serving as a human bridge amongst conflicts serves as the constant reminder how far individuals can be from their government's policies. The deprivation of the Gaza Strip is so completely inhumane, the deprivation on par with other urban centers like Rio de Janiero. An inspiring story, wonderful to see how Daughters ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Jolene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite growing up in sub human conditions on the Gaza Strip, having to face constant humiliation as he traveled to Israel to work as a physician, helping both Palestinians and Israelis patients, to then have his 3 daughters and niece bombed by the Israeli military, Dr. Abuelaish, never once thought to retaliate. He says in his powerful memoir : "Hatred is an illness. It prevents healing and peace." And later when describing the world as a whole "As one human family, we must give freedom and jus ...more
A great read! Abuelaish writes in good prose and knows how to tell a story. Great pacing, great build-up, great everything. It is profound, sad, angering, but most of all, hopeful. There is still a ray of hope shining out from under all the bad, a ray of hope whose potential Abuelaish very much believes in. This viewpoint with which the book is delivered saves it from being all doom-and-gloom and is very empowering. It does restore one's faith in humanity. For Abuelaish to have gone through ever ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Nsharil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those rare and extremely powerful books that brings forth humanity that is raw, real and undoubtedly wrenching. As some reviewers may described, this is a book that can be picked up by anyone, and though it may not grip the reader from the get go, Izzeldin's way of writing slowly pulls you into his reality of life and makes you feel as if you are right there, next to him, every step of the way.

Even as he is reliving that horrible day, it truly felt you were there with him too.

Hazel McHaffie
Mar 25, 2014 Hazel McHaffie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the most powerful books I've read on forgiveness. Abuelaish grew up in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in grinding poverty and experienced war and fanatacism firsthand. He overcame all the deprivations of his circumstances to become a successful doctor and forged strong links professionally with Israel.
Nevertheless he suffered regular humiliating experiences at border crossings as well as in his dealings with other people because of his Palestinian origins. His nephew was
Mar 08, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Dr. Abuelaish has a remarkable story to tell, and most remarkable of all is that after three of his daughters and his niece were killed in the Gaza strip, he still wants peace, not revenge. This alone says worlds about the man.

The various wars, conflicts, and at the best of times, unease, between the Palestinians and the Israelis is tragic. Like two dogs, one bone, like schoolyard bullies. I don't pretend to know the solution but continued fighting, deprivation, and hate isn't it. This is the me
Apr 16, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I must disclose I won this on First Reads. That being said...

Second, I have had the opportunity to read several memoirs in this past month. Most have been excellent..a couple, not so! Abuelaish's, though, is the most poignant. This book is up-lifting and heart-wrenching at the same time. In looking at the Isreal-Palestine(Gaza Strip) issue, we are always informed and/or taught the history of the yet,at least for me, I have never seen it personalized. I think another part that totally
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Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor and founder of the Daughters for Life Foundation.
Before his three daughters were killed by an Israeli tank shell during the Israeli incursion into Gaza,Dr. Abuelaish worked as a researcher at the Gertner Institute at the Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv and was the first Palestinian doctor to receive a staff position at an Israeli hospital.
Abueaish is a
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“Tragedy cannot be the end of our lives. We cannot allow it to control and defeat us.” 18 likes
“ shouldn’t hate something you don’t know, because it may turn out to be the bearer of your greatest good fortune.” 18 likes
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