The Extraordinary Memoir of One Man’s Fight for Peace

DOHA, Qatar, September 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

BQFP, Al Fakhoora and Georgetown launch

I S hall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish

‘In this book, Doctor Abuelaish has expressed a remarkable commitment to forgiveness and reconciliation that describes the foundation for a permanent peace in the Holy Land.’ President Jimmy Carter

by Izzeldin Abuelaish

Published in trade paperback by BQFP

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish will be talking about his inspiring memoir I Shall Not Hate at The Atrium, Georgetown University, Education City. The event will be moderated by Dr. Mohamed Zayany of Georgetown and will be in English. There will be a reception and book signing after the event at the Atrium. The event is co-sponsored by BQFP, Al Fakhoora and Georgetown.

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On 16th January 2009, during the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, Izzeldin Abuelaish witnessed the death of his three daughters by shell fire. His response to this tragedy, broadcast live on Israeli TV moments after the attack, won him humanitarian awards around the world including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Izzeldin Abuelaish called for the people in the region to start talking to each other. Abuelaish is an inspirational speaker, a tireless peace campaigner and an advocate of women’s rights in the Middle East.

A London University and Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and ‘who has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians’ ( New York Times ), Abuelaish is an infertility specialist who lived in Gaza but worked in Israel. On the strip of land he calls home (where 1.5 million Gazan refugees are crammed into a few square miles) Abuelaish has been crossing the lines in the sand that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life in his capacity as a doctor but also as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.

About BQFP

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) is owned by Qatar Foundation and managed by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc in London. BQFP is based in Doha, Qatar, and has three main aims:

  • Publishing: To publish books of excellence and originality to the highest editorial, design and production standards, in Arabic and in English. The list will range from board books for babies books via fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, information and reference, to academic monographs.
  • Reading and Writing Development: to encourage the lifelong literacy in Qatar and the Arab World.
  • Knowledge Transfer of publishing and related skills to Qatar and the Gulf region via training and other initiatives.

For more information on BQFP’s activities please refer to our website:

About Al Fakhoora

Al Fakhoora was established following the attacks on Gaza in 2008. It is part of an international movement that supports student advocacy to raise awareness of the plight of students in Gaza.  It has committed to providing 100 scholarships a year for 10 years for Palestinian students in post secondary education in Gaza and is working with various international agencies to rehabilitate universities in Gaza, improve the quality of education, provide psychosocial counseling to students, and deliver prosthetics to youth in need. To date, Al Fakhoora supports three hundred students in Gaza.

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SOURCE: Al Fakhoora & Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing

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