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Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH, is a Palestinian physician and infertility expert who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He received a scholarship to study medicine in Cairo, and then received a diploma from the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of London. He completed a residency in the same discipline at Soroka University Hospital in Israel, followed by a subspecialty in fetal medicine in Italy and Belgium. He then undertook a masters in public health (health policy and management) at Harvard University. Before his three daughters were killed in January 2009 during the Israeli incursion into Gaza, Dr. Abuelaish worked as a researcher at the Gertner Institute at the Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv. He now lives with his family in Toronto, where he is an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
NATIONAL BESTSELLERA "Globe and Mail" Best BookHeather's Pick"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, Nobel Peace Prize laureate"It is impossible to read this book without feeling deep compassion for Abuelaish and his surviving children, and profound respect for his determination to turn tragedy into triumph." " -- Winnipeg Free Press""A passionate human cry for peace and understanding." " --" Jonathan Garfinkel", The Globe and Mail "(Best Book)"This story is a necessary lesson against hatred and revenge." -- Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate "Powerful. . . . Moving. . . . Abuelaish does not attempt to set out a political solution to the conflict. He simply tells his own story, with clarity and a humanity of vision." -- "The Gazette" "A vivid, haunting and all but heartbreaking account. . . . Fast-paced, skillfully organized and highly evocative." -- "Toronto Star" "Unshakeable courage, optimism and belief in the healing power of love is [Abuelaish's] story. . . . This book, penned from the heart, with grace and insight, is his way of engaging us all in this quest [to create peace between Israelis and Palestinians]." -- Heather Reisman, Heather's Pick