I Shall Not Hate
What else could be more befitting as a follow up story to my article on Ground Zero mosque than the tale of a Gaza doctor who wrote a book of hope, overcoming his heart-wrenching grief caused by the death of three of his daughters?
No one had greater reason to hate Israel than Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, but his message is – I shall not hate. During Israel’s war with Gaza on January 16, 2009, a shell struck his Gaza home. He ran to the room only to see:
I saw my girls drowning in a pool of blood. I saw their body parts, a decapitated head, brains on the ceiling.
A year later, his book, I Shall Not Hate, published in Canada by Random House on April 27, 2010 is making strong waves around the world. Dr. Abuelaish’s message is so powerful that it shakes the core of human conscience and neutralizes the most powerful enemies.
The book has been translated in 13 languages, and Abuelaish will be on a book tour in the USA in January 2011. The proceeds from the book sales will go to Daughters for Life, a charitable foundation that he has set up.
Abuelaish, an obstetrician specializing in infertility, worked in an Israeli hospital delivering Jewish babies. His life and his story have many dimensions. In his story, there are no Jews or Muslims, only human beings, and they behave like people do. When Abuelaish was desperate for medical assistance, he called his friend Shlomi Eldar, a TV journalist on Channel 10 in Israel. Eldar broadcast Abuelaish’s anguished cry for help live on TV, and within an hour, his injured daughters and niece were evacuated from Gaza.
Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister during the war, watched the broadcast and said, “Who can see Izzeldin and not cry?” It was probably not a coincidence that he announced the ceasefire only two days later.Continued on the next page