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I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,793 ratings  ·  710 reviews
By turns inspiring and heart-breaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Izzeldin Abuelaish's account of an extraordinary life. A 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 has be ...more
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Walker & Company (first published April 27th 2010)
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Cat
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Greta
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jo
I have only one regret with this book. I wish I had read it sooner. For one to say that this memoir is powerful, is entirely an understatement. This memoir stirred my soul and managed to shatter my heart into a thousand pieces.
This memoir is told by a man called Izzeldin Abuelaish, and he tells us all about his life in Gaza, in an intricate, and a rather personal detail. Throughout his life, we learn of the hardships, the loss and the utter devastation that he and his family suffer. Even after l
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Karen.s
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Josephine
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Zak
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From a literary perspective, I would rate this autobiography a 3.5 but this man is so remarkable and his message so important that I'm going to give it 5.0* anyway. I really hope he will get to see the fruits of his patience, perseverance, love and forgiveness during his lifetime.
Kaylene
Dec 18, 2011 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.
Raheleh Abbasinejad
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I am glad that I had a chance to read this book, but honestly, I did not like the author and his attitudes. I found him too selfish, a bit unreliable, and politically ignorant and even maybe too rational, and unfortunately, this rationality highly affected his judgments and opinions. I think he could not grasp Gazan's long-term feelings of being oppressed, thus could not interpret their reactions fairly. I am not only talking about his views about Gaza, but see the way he treated his wife, who w ...more
Steve Cran
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Caroline
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mish
Feb 11, 2012 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
Mj
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Book Clubs, Anyone interested in Middle East Peace or Global Peace
Heartwarming, inspirational book.

My Solo Opinion

I Shall Not Hate was writen by Dr. Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor who lost 3 daughters and a niece in a bombing on his home in the Gaza strip. The book is an effort to reach out and make something positive out of such a tragedy. Throughout his medical career Dr. Abuelaish has continued to live in Palestine but much of his work is in Israel, alongside Israeli doctors. Dr. Abuelaish has come to learn that we are all human and part of the same univer
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Sarah Lameche
May 19, 2014 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
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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
Sarah
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
David P
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Arundhati Deosthale
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this extremely inspiring book which has a message for world peace. Dr Abulaish has had such a challenging life full of personal losses. Anybody could have turned cynictaking on relentless advesities. But he keeps the hope alive and now works for supporting young women to grow and educate themselves...Strongly recommended !
Penny Hill
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading. I only have praise. I should have known more about the Israeli Palestinian conflict. I do now although of course from the authors perspective. A book full of horror,despair and a man determined to find a way for medicine to bridge the divide. He remains hopeful despite devastating loss. He is an inspiration and shares his message with the world. To hear the live call he makes to a TV studio the moment a bomb devastates and kills his family is heart breaking. The poverty he des ...more
Hafsat
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartbreaking story of a harsh truth. The author of this book, Dr.Abueleish is an inspiration. This man is the symbol of striving, strength, courage,forgiveness,understanding, bridging divides and above all,hope. At many points in this book,I had to stop to let the words hit me again and again and again so that I may not forget. I saw life in the middle east through his story and I felt his strife. His was an amazing journey and a lesson to all. He crossed so many barriers its a univer ...more
Paulo
Jan 04, 2015 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
Nicholas Nagykery
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Nic Radvany
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's hard to believe that the author lost three daughters and a niece to an Israeli tank shell during the Gaza War and emerged from this disaster preaching forgiveness. Israel and Palestine need more people like Izzeldin Abuelaish to help them move beyond the vicious circle of hate, violence, and revenge that has been blocking attempts at civilized co-existence for generations. At this point, the so-called leaders need to step aside and give the people on both sides a chance to come together and ...more
Zoran
Jul 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked
Horrible tragedy aside, this man, according to his own account, never had self-doubts, or held anger toward occupiers, or have been misled in his beliefs even as a youth. I find it hard to swallow, especially since he is also an aspiring politician. He is either a saint, or a lier - and I don't believe in saints.
Susan
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Peter Bryan
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
A tragic story but great swathes of this book are mind-numbingly repetitive and dare I say indulgent.
Deema
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't like giving books 5 stars unless they've resonated with me months after I've finished them, or if the ending is particularly impressive. In this case, I knew what the book would be about and I already knew how it would end. But knowing that didn't affect my appreciation of this book.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is such an inspiring person who had to endure a tough childhood growing up in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He had to work endless hours as a child to earn every
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Florence Millo
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
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
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Naomi
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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Abisha
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'I Shall Not Hate' by Izzeldin Abuelaish is a emotional and inspiring recount of Abuelaish's life during the conflict between the Israelí, Arab and the Jewish. It tells his tail of how he grew up in a poor, cramped refugee camp in the city of Jabalia, his mother pushing him to work for his family while simultaneously encouraging him to continue his education. He tells us her strictness and sacrifice was what got him through his younger years and the constant belief and support that his teachers ...more
Jolène
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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.” 20 likes
“...you shouldn’t hate something you don’t know, because it may turn out to be the bearer of your greatest good fortune.” 16 likes
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