Read I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Dignity by Izzeldin Abuelaish. Discussion to be led by Laura Robson, Assistant Professor of History, Portland State University.
By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s account of his extraordinary life. A Harvard-educated Palestinian doctor, he was born and raised in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and “has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians” (New York Times). On January 16, 2009, Abuelaish lost three of his daughters and his niece when Israeli shells hit his home in the Gaza Strip. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, he has called for the people of the region to come together so that his daughters will be “the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.” From a young age, Dr. Abuelaish set his sights on becoming a doctor, and he eventually garnered a scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Cairo. Following the deaths of his daughters, he deepened his resolve to become a beacon of hope for peace and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. Currently, Dr. Abuelaish is an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Canada.
A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East is a book club series which aims to dispel common stereotypes of the Middle East by exploring literature from the region. The rich narratives, stimulating detail and enchanting dialogue of the selected memoirs will draw readers in and provide new perspectives on the Middle East, beyond war and politics. Through interactive and participatory book club discussions, readers will engage with the text, with experts and authors, and each other to explore the diversity of daily life in the Middle East and consider both the similarities to and differences from our own lives in Oregon.
A Day in the Life is presented by Multnomah County Library and the Portland State University Department of English, Portland Center for Public Humanities and Middle East Studies Center; and was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds Oregon Humanities’ grant program. Any views, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily reflect the views of Oregon Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Books for the next meeting are distributed to participants at the preceding discussion. Any extra books will be available in the Popular Library afterwards.