“I shall not hate”: the surprising sentiments of a Palestinian doctor, and the title of his much-anticipated book. Surprising, because if anyone in this world has a right to hate it is Dr. Abuelaish. For years he worked in Israeli hospitals as an obstetrician and gynaecologist delivering Israeli babies to Israeli mothers and fathers. During the 2008/2009 Israeli invasion of Palestine, the Israelis repaid him as only Israelis can; they sent a tank shell into the living room of his home killing his three daughters, Bessan, Mayar, and Aya. Just to be sure, the Israelis sent in a second shell.
“I saw my girls drowning in a pool of blood,” he says, tears in his eyes. “I saw their body parts, a decapitated head, brains on the ceiling.”
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