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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian Canadian physician and an internationally recognized human rights
and inspirational peace activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and
girls in the Middle East, through both his research and his charitable organization The Daughters for Life
Foundation. He has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace, and, despite all odds,
succeeded, aided by a great determination of spirit, strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family.
He is a man who walks the walk and who leads by example.

Dr. Abuelaish’s book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human
, an autobiography of his loss and transformation, has achieved worldwide critical acclaim.
Published in 2010, (currently in 23 different languages), and inspired by the loss of his three daughters –
Bessan, Mayar, and Aya – and their cousin Noor to Israeli shelling on January 16th, 2009, the book has
become an international bestseller. It has also become a testament to his commitment to forgiveness as the solution to conflict and the catalyst towards peace.


We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.


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