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I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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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
Top Customer Reviews
"I shall not hate" is not a book that one could ever just "read and move on" afterwards.
This book has so deeply impacted and moved me, I had to take a couple days just to be able to collect my thoughts enough to offer this humble review.
I admit that most of what I will say is simply echoing what the other reviewers have said, but I just had to salute and honor Dr. Abuelaish for offering each and every one of us an insight into the limitless possibilities that are borne of hope and faith.
I am an Egyptian-American. I have traveled to Egypt and the Middle East many times in my life. I thought I was already well-informed about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. I thought I would be prepared and familiar with what I was about to read.
I was not.
Nothing could have prepared me for the explicit depictions of heart-breaking, abject poverty and soul-crushing, desperate living conditions that Dr. Abuelaish describes from memories of his childhood to the present situation in the Gaza Strip.
At the same time, nothing could have prepared me for the breath-taking acts of courage, faith, determination, and love that the Dr. writes of from his personal life experiences. His responses to challenges and hardships that would easily leave most others permanently scarred with hatred and thoughts of revenge, have touched me (and so many others) profoundly.Read more ›
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 television just hours after their deaths captured world attention not just on the plight of the Palestinians living in the Gaza but also astonished by the absence of calls for revenge, a call which many would have expected. Instead, he called for peace and cooperation between the 2 sides, for an understanding and acceptance of each other as individuals deserving of respect.
His memoir doesn't shy away from the tough moments in his life. The hardship and starvation he went through as a child in a poor refugee village, an eldest son having to care for his family because of his father's illness, and because, as a second family, his father's first wife and their relations made sure that his family were despised and shunned in their village. His determination and the mentoring by some teachers allowed him to do well enough to earn scholarships to the University of Cairo to study medicine.
Despite the continual humiliations he was forced to endure as a Palestinian living on what Israel believed to be their land, he was fortunate at one point in his young life, to work for a kind Israeli farming family who treated him as any other young child, who offered him kindness and more importantly, respect as a human being.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read if you are a thinking human being. Autobiographical and heart renching. Abuelaish tells his story and never looses his humanity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by margaret
Brilliantly told. Anyone who reads this and does not have a positive change of heart, has no heart.Published 2 months ago by Kelly A. Cogar
A must read for all who wish to know what it is like living in Gaza....I've seen movies, i've heard talks, but this book is very well written and shares the hope of change and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan Mccombs
I Shall Not Hate
By Izzeldin Abuelaish
This book is at the same time an autobiography that parallels the Bible’s Job and the Quran’s أيّوب Ayyūb. Read more
This is the second novel I have read that speaks to the Israeli/ Palestinian discord. The second book that has come to shed some light for me on the native Palestinian perspective. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erin Van Schaack
Moving, touching, beautifully written. Dr. Abuelaish is a remarkable man. May God Bless Him -- as Nadia, Bessan, Aya, Mayar. and his mom and dad smile down upon him from Up Above.Published 4 months ago by Joseph A. Gillan
I admire Dr Abuelaish's stand not to hate and the personal courage to share his story when telling it must've been at times very painful as he remembered details.Published 4 months ago by Cindy Geiger