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02/01/2013

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A DIFFERENT MOTIVATION Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish/Photo by Jacob Stevens via Wikimedia Commons. I Shall Not Hate is the memoir of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. PALESTINIAN DOCTOR TO BRING MESSAGE OF PEACE TO SARASOTA By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor "I shall not hate." That's the simple message coming to Sarasota next week with the arrival of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish — a Palestinian doctor whose efforts to bring peace to the Middle East were sparked when three of his daughters were killed by Israeli shells in Gaza in 2009. After the explosions, Abuelaish placed a call to an Israeli journalist, who ended up carrying the conversation on live television, a moment captured and posted on YouTube. As devastating as his daughters' deaths were, Abuelaish decided on a mission: "to tell his family's story and, in doing so, prove to the world that not every Palestinian is motivated only by revenge," in the words of the The Observer. According to Dan Boxser, who invited Abuelaish to Sarasota on behalf of The Herman & Sally Boxser Diversity Initiative (named for his parents and affiliated with Temple Beth Sholom), Abuelaish had two options: seek revenge or go beyond politics to try to bring people together. He chose the latter. He created a foundation to promote educational opportunities for girls and young women in the Middle East and speaks out forcefully for peace, earning a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and publishing a memoir, I Shall Not Hate.

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