Scarboro Missions Lecture
A journey of hope through faith, tolerance and courage
On January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit Dr. Abuelaish’s home in the Gaza Strip, killing three of his daughters and his niece, yet he continues to be a proponent of peace between Palestinians and Israelis. As he says in his book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey, “[A]s a physician and a Muslim of deep faith, I need to move forward to the light…I need to bring them justice.” In this lecture, Dr. Abuelaish will talk about the importance of taking this journey of hope together, and of the role of faith, tolerance and courage in moving toward forgiveness and peace.
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor and an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He has experienced the impacts of conflicts in countries like Palestine, Egypt, Israel, Uganda, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. Working as both an insider and outsider to conflict leads him to consider doctors as peace-makers because of the moral doctrine of their profession. Among many awards, Dr. Abuelaish has received three honorary degrees in law and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
This lecture is endowed by a special fund created by the Scarboro Missions.