Posted by: Sarah Standish | January 4, 2011

Event: Reading from “I Shall Not Hate”

Come hear Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician whose daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers, read from his memoir I Shall Not Hate, in which he recounts the story of his family’s suffering and searches for a peaceful way forward. From the publisher:

By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, hopeful and horrifying, this is Abuelaish’s account of a Gazan life in all its struggle and pain. A Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Abuelaish is an infertility specialist who lived in Gaza but plied his specialty in Israeli hospitals. From the strip of land he calls home (a place where 1.5 million refugees are crammed into 360 square kilometres of land), the Gaza doctor has been crossing the lines that divide the region for most of his life, as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the border and as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved public health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.

But it was Abuelaish’s response to the loss of his children that made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, in this personal account of his life, Izzeldin Abuelaish is calling for the people of the Middle East 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.

Dr. Abuelaish will read at Powell’s on Tuesday, January 18th at 7:30 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  Arabic students, you can get extra credit for attending this event and writing about it in accordance with the extra-credit guidelines.

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