Dr Izzeldin Abu Elaish
Source of Influence: Social Issues
Status: Featured in current year
Izzeldin Abu Elaish is a Palestinian physician and internationally recognized peace and human rights activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East. He is also known for using health as a vehicle for peace. Dr Abu Elaish’s book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey, an autobiography of his loss of his three daughters “Bessan, Mayar, and Aya” and their cousin Noor to Israeli shelling on January 16th, 2009 and his subsequent transformation, has achieved critical acclaim. Published in 2010, (currently in 17 different languages), the book has become an international best-seller. It has become a testament to his commitment to forgiveness as the solution to conflict, and the catalyst towards peace. He has received a number of national and international awards for his work.