Creating a Culture of Peace
Izzeldin Abuelaish, is a Palestinian doctor 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 Egypt, 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 hospital in Israel, followed by a subspecialty in fetal medicine in Italy and Belgium. He then undertook a Master’s in public health 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 Gerner Institute at the Sheba hospital in Tel Aviv. This horrific tragedy did not harden Abuelaish’s heart; neither did it weaken his resolve to act for humanity. He sought to act positively following these tragedies, in hopes that the lives lost during this time would be the last. He directed his energy toward spreading the doctrine that from tragedy can come good; from conflict and hardship can come peace and well-being. 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. He is the author of I Shall Not Hate.