Palestinian medical doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish has dedicated his life to peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, he worked for many years as an infertility expert and research at Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv.
In 2009, during the Israeli incursion into Gaza, his three daughters were killed in a rocket attack. Even as he poured out his grief live on an Israeli television programme, he vowed not to give in to bitterness and hate. Dr Abuelaish has become one of the most outspoken, prominent and beloved researchers, educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East. His memoir, I Shall Not Hate, is a passionate and devastating account of his struggle and cry for peace in an intractable conflict. He speaks with 774 ABC’s Jon Faine.
Izzeldin Abuelaish is in Australia as a guest of the Wheeler Centre and the Sydney Writers Festival.