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Gaza doctor brings his message of peace through health to McMaster

Published: April 12, 2011
Izzeldin Abuelaish
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, an associate professor of medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto

A Palestinian doctor who lost three daughters to war but was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work towards peace in Israel and Palestine will speak at McMaster University on April 27.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is the author of the bestselling book I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey which chronicles his life growing up in Gaza and the development of his outlook on life and peace in Israel and Palestine.

His three daughters were killed during the War on Gaza in January 2009, minutes before he was to speak live on an Israeli TV program. Despite their deaths, he continues his personal peace mission.

Abuelaish has received many awards for his contribution to the fight for peace in Gaza, including the Nobel Peace Prize nomination. He has been an important figure in the Israeli-Palestinian relations, working in Israeli hospitals and treating Israeli and Palestinian patients. He believes that health is an engine for the journey to peace.

Abuelaish is an infertility expert and has a master's degree in public health from Harvard University. He is an associate professor of medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto.

He will be the guest speaker at the seventh annual Henry and Sylvia Wong Forum in Medicine on Wednesday, April 27 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, Room 1305.

The topic of his lecture is Finding the Professional Within: The coming together of medical care, cultural understandings and transcendent life experience.

This is a public lecture and all are invited.

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