Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

The Gaza Doctor Returns to Manhattanville College for the Fourth Year
Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:17

I Shall Not Hate

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish will return to Manhattanville for the fourth consecutive year for an evening with the author centered on the discussion of peace.

Abuelaish, an esteemed medical doctor from the Gaza Strip, has dedicated his life to bringing peace between Israel and Palestine.  In 2009 his three daughters and niece were killed by Israeli tank artillery fire, the tragedy inspired his best-selling memoir “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.”

“There are very few events on campus where a large crowd of students are gathered and attentive. Once Abuelaish starts, as shown all three times before, the crowd gets quiet,” James Jones, chair of both the World Religions and African Studies departments at Manhattanville College, said. “I think college students can sense when you are in the presence of a genuine human being, a human who can look at a person and say no matter what he or she has done they still belong to my group and I will not hate them. Manhattanville College students learn from how he has modeled his life.”

Jones has used the book in his freshman seminar course the past four years, and has invited the author to speak at Manhattanville each year to share his story with a new generation of students.

In addition to practicing medicine Dr. Abuelaish teaches at the University of Toronto and has continued his pursuit of peace by starting the foundation Daughters for Life. The foundation provides awards and scholarships to young women of Middle Eastern nationality or background, no matter religious affiliation, to fulfill the dreams of educated futures that his daughters had.

An Evening with Dr. Abuelaish will take place on Tuesday, April 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ophir Room, Reid Castle. For more information on the event please contact James Jones. There will be an ice cream social that follows the speaking event.