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Starred Review. Born in a refugee camp in 1955, Palestinian physician Abuelaish suffers a catastrophic loss when three of his daughters are killed in their home by Israeli fire in 2009. An Israeli television journalist's live broadcast of his call for help captures Israeli public and world press attention. "Most of the world has heard of the Gaza Strip," as Abuelaish says, "ut few know what it's like to live here, blockaded, impoverished, year after year, decade after decade." Abuelaish portrays everyday life in Gaza and tells the remarkable story of how he came to be "the first Palestinian doctor to be on staff at an Israeli hospital." The "tortured politics of Palestine, Israel, and the Middle East" are rendered graphic by his personal accounts of "the humiliation, the fear, the physical difficulty" of border checkpoints and bulldozed homes. Abuelaish tells of the "satisfying, even wonderful" moments, "the good chapter of a bad story," as well; an infertility specialist, he is as "thoroughly smitten" with his research as he is appalled that "Gaza hospitals are rundown and can't be repaired because of an embargo is preposterous." 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 "nger is not the same as hate." (Jan.)
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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. (The 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. (Emily L. Hauser, The Dallas Morning News)
Because Abuelaish has this sort of deeply nuanced approach to the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict, precisely because he yearns to point out the good in those who are supposed to be his enemy, we cannot ignore or deny his damning portrayal of life under occupation. (Jane Eisner, The Forward)
An eye-opening story of a remarkable person. (Alden Mudge, BookPage)
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 '[a]nger is not the same as hate.' (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
This story is a necessary lesson against hatred and revenge. (Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate)
In this book, Dr. Abuelaish has expressed a remarkable commitment to forgiveness and reconciliation that describes the foundation for a permanent peace in the Holy Land. (President Jimmy Carter)
I met Dr. Abuelaish just a few days after the loss of his three daughters. We faced each other as we were about to shake hands. And then, without much thought, we held each other in a warm embrace … It is so rare, I thought, in this debilitating and devastating area we inhabit, to meet a person like him, a man who despite his own losses, continues his belief in humanity and its potential for good, despite all … Through his eyes I could see another way, a way the two nations could treat each other. A way that could extract what is good, special, and humane in both of them. I could see an alternative that could light up the great similarity of both peoples, one that gets denied and put down time and time again. This option, now so scorned and held in such contempt, suddenly sprang to life, embodied in the man I was watching. (David Grossman)
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)
The book completely changed my understanding of the Palestinian crisis.Published 1 month ago by Lorna Clarke
This book is necessary for all those who care about Israel/Palestine. The optimism this man holds, and the truths he tells, are inspiring and heartbreaking, respectively. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M
Doctor Abuelaish is a most inspiring person, a role-model of forgiveness. He endured terrible suffering, but responds with love. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adrienne
Interesting, mostly at first, but exceedingly repetitious. It certainly opened my eyes to the terrible conditions in Gaza, Palestine.Published 3 months ago by Paula J. Cooper
This book left me speechless on multiple occasions and is by far one of the most moving, hopeful books I have and will ever read. Dr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Abeer Alokd
Great Book! Just show no matter what you can over come anything and be successful.Published 4 months ago by Jason Paul Ring
When the journey into this book began, I thought I knew what was going on, who to support, and why war was necessary. Then, I delved into pages of loss, but not despair. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr.or.Mrs.C.