Practicing Peace and Resisting Hate

by Geoffrey Redick, producer

Sadly, the experience of losing a family member to violence in the Holy Land does not make Izzeldin Abuelaish unique. Suicide bombings, rocket attacks, and airstrikes make the death of innocents an all too common experience. When three of Abuelaish’s daughters were killed in the Gaza War, he looked deep within himself, and found no hatred, only a desire for peace and understanding. That reaction is what makes Abuelaish a unique voice, and one that must be heard. Abuelaish is a doctor who was born in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He speaks fluent Hebrew, and that allowed him to work in Israeli hospitals. He came to know two different worlds intimately, and he was able to see commonalities that others did not. After his daughters were killed, Abuelaish was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He started a foundation, called Daughters for Life to help girls in the Middle East pay for their education. And he wrote a book, called “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.”