Published on February 1st, 2011 | by Omar


I shall not hate

We all hear and read about the issues in Palestine and Israel. We all see the images and videos of what is taking place. However, for the most of us (myself included) we have a hard time truly understanding what exactly it’s like to live in Palestine. The anguish of being forced out of your home and crammed into a refuge camp or having to endure having your movement outside of Palestine controlled by a those who see you as a potential security/terrorist threat.

I wanted to get a better understanding of what it is truly like to live in Palestine and I wanted it to be a faire and balanced view rather than a politicized one as those are a dime a dozen. Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish’s book gave me exactly what I was looking for. A gut wrenching view of what is has been like growing up in Gaza as a poor child and into a well respected doctor.

If this book doesn’t bring you to tears…you need to check your heart. I had a very hard time putting it down and I was brought to tears numerous times envisioning the life of our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

I am not an advocate or condone suicide bombings and rocket attacks on innocent civilians as I don’t believe our beloved Prophet Muhammand (peace be upon him) ever advocated such acts. That being said, the onus is upon us as an Ummah to do something to enable Palestinians to live like human beings…this festering wound will not heal until the oppression stops and both sides are treated with dignity and respect.

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