Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, whose wife and three daughers were killed by an Israeli tank shell during Operation Cast Lead, is in the midst of a national speaking tour (see list for cities and dates) and promoting a new book he’s written on his life and the lessons he’s learned from the tragedy. Though 1,400 were killed in Gaza, the doctor’s suffering was especially keenly felt as he had been a correspondent for Israeli TV reporting regularly on the assault. Just as the TV news anchor called him, the shell hit and you can hear the wailing of Dr. Abuelaish as he realizes what’s happened. It is some of the most heart-rending footage you will ever see or hear. Subsequently, his story was told around the world including extensively in this blog and in the NY Times.
As a result, the doctor, who had been a gynecology specialist at an Israeli hospital and beloved by patients and staff there alike, left Gaza and moved to Toronto, where’s he raises the three other daughters who survived the attack. The tank unit which massacred Dr. Abuelaish’s family has received no discipline of any kind.
He will be speaking at Seattle’s Town Hall on Wednesday, January 19th at 7:30PM. He will also speak on Steve Scher’s KUOW show at 10AM on January 17th. If you live in the Pacific NW I urge you to hear a truly remarkable man, someone who has suffered enormously, but who manages to project a vision of peace that remains possible for these two peoples who have caused each other such pain.
His new book is I Shall Not Hate and is reported in this Guardian story. If it’s half as extraordinary as the example this man has set, it is must reading. Dr. Abuelaish’s tour began in Los Angeles on January 12th and will take him to a score of U.S. cities by April 1st. If you have a chance see him it’s a wonderful opportunity.