A Palestinian doctor speaks at UCT on “Building the bridge for humanity”

The Transformation Portfolio at the Faculty of Health Sciences, invites you to

A talk by Dr Izzeldin
Abuelaish

Topic: “Building the Bridge for Humanity”

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian gynecologist was the first Palestinian doctor to be on staff at
an Israeli Hospital, and practiced many years in Israel and the Gaza strip.
In 2009, in the last days of the war,
an Israeli tank fired on his house, killing three of his daughters and his
niece, leaving him unhurt in another part of the house.

Despite this immense tragedy, Dr. Abuelaish has worked
tirelessly to foster peace between Israelis and Palestinians. “Like
Martin Luther King Jr., I too have a dream,” he writes. “My dream
is that my children – all Palestinians and their children and our cousins,
the Israelis and their children – will be safe, secure, and well fed; they
will have their own citizenship and identity”. This extract from his
book, “I shall not Hate” underscores his remarkable
commitment to forgiveness and reconciliation. He shows us the difference
between anger that relentlessly drives him to strive for peace, and hatred
that could be all consuming.

Dr. Abuelaish is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine
in the Dala Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is an
inspiring speaker who has taken his message of hope, peace, and faith in the
human spirit to all corners of the globe, and we are very pleased that he has
agreed to present a talk here at UCT.

Date:   Thursday 20 October 2011

Time:   13h15

Venue:   Wolfson Lecture Theatre, IIDMM, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT

Please confirm your attendance with Nazli Marais:

Email: nazli.marais@uct.ac.za or Tel: 021 406 6346

 

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