Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish to Discuss His Journey to Peace and Human Dignity
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:50

I shall Not Hate BucketOn Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician and college professor, will discuss his personal experiences and his book I Shall Not Hate with the Manhattanville College community. Abuelaish lost his three daughters during the 2008-2009 Gaza Incursion, but has remained steadfast in his belief to not hate.

"I think that this is a story our students should hear and continues with the recent conversations about diversity within the context of our mission statement," said Professor James Jones.

The book, which was released in January 2011, tells of his journey on the road to peace and human dignity. The event, sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, Muslim Chaplain Office, Office of Campus Life, and Global Citizenship Program, is at 6 p.m. in the West Room in Reid Hall.

"It is hoped that this event will reinforce the spirit of respect, co-existence, and understanding among the students and people of different beliefs and backgrounds," said Senior Class President Warda Khan.

Abuelaish has been an important figure in the Israeli-Palestinian relations for years, working in Israeli hospitals, treating Israeli and Palestinian patients. He fully believes that health is an engine for the journey to peace.

Dr. Abuelaish established the Daughters for Life foundation in memory of his daughters. The foundation provides scholarships for high school and university education and will examine existing programs and services to find out what is working for girls and women, and what is not. It will develop new curriculum to fill the gaps and assist in improving current programs. The foundation will use its funds to commission research into the advancement of girls and women and to create an advocacy program to make sure the community gets behind the changes proposed.

"Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish represents one of the ethically and socially responsible leaders that Manhattanville strives to have our students emulate," Jones said. "His is an extraordinary, inspiring story."