Tikkun Magazine

I Shall Not Hate

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Walker & Company, 2011

On January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit Dr. Abuelaish’s home in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s invasion, killing three of his daughters and his niece. A Palestinian physician who grew up in the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza and went on to study in Cairo and then at Harvard, Dr. Abuelaish writes that the personal catastrophe (accompanied, of course, by the deaths of some 1,400 Palestinians during the Israeli assault), deepened his belief that “violence is futile. It is a waste of time, life and resources, and has been proven only to beget more violence.”