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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish in conversation with Rick Salutin at Beit Zatoun in Toronto - June 4, 2010

May 25, 2010

Toronto, May 25, 2010 – Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, known as "the Gaza Doctor," is the author of the bestselling book, "I Shall Not Hate" which chronicles his life growing up in Gaza and the development of his outlook on life and peace in Israel and Palestine.

In the intimate surroundings of Beit Zatoun, Rick Salutin, acclaimed columnist for The Globe & Mail, will have a conversation with Dr. Abuelaish seeking insights into his life, philosophy and message to Canadians about getting to peace in Israel and Palestine.

Dr. Abuelaish's three daughters were killed during the War on Gaza in January 2009 minutes before he was to speak live on an Israeli TV program. That raw and painful cry of a parent was heard around the world and may have contributed to ending the military invasion. Since then Dr. Abuelaish has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize and received many awards for his contribution.

Dr. Abuelaish is a remarkable man who despite much suffering by him, his family and his people brings a message of forgiveness and love while advocating passionately for dignity and justice.

Dr. Abuelaish shares his story, his life in Gaza, working as an infertility specialist inside Israel and the terrible period in 2009 which has focused the world on the ongoing tragedy in Gaza and Palestine.

The conversation will be followed by question period from the audience and a book signing.

This is Dr. Abuelaish's first book. He lives in Toronto with his five remaining children. He is an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Beit Zatoun is a vibrant, new voice in the art and culture landscape of Toronto. Beit Zatoun (translates as "House of Olive") is a gallery and performance space for the justice and human rights communities. Inspired by beauty, truth and goodness, all are invited to engage in a grassroots solution founded in culture and art. Sharing the art and culture of another leaves no room for injustice or hatred. Experience leads to appreciation, becomes compassion and empathy which brings us to justice and finally peace. Beit Zatoun is located in Mirvish Village at 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway).

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish in conversation with Rick Salutin
Book Launch: "I Shall Not Hate"

DATES: June 4, 7:30 pm.
VENUE: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway) Toronto
INFO: (647) 726-9500 /


For more information contact:
Robert Massoud
Beit Zatoun
Phone: (647) 726-9500

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