Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Izzeldin Abuelaish
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Izzeldin Abuelaish

Industry: Culture & Society

Designation: Doctor

Country: Canada (Palestine)

A doctor from Gaza, Izzeldin Abuelaish’s life was turned
upside down in January 2008, when two Israeli rockets hit his home, killing
three of his daughters and a niece.

Due to a contact in Israeli television, a camera team was
dispatched to the Gaza border to cover the ambulances carrying Abuelaish’s dead
and wounded children, and the pictures were then beamed all over the world.

But instead of revenge, Abuelaish has dedicated his life to
reconciliation. His book I Shall Not Hate called for the people of the region
to come together, rather than drift apart.

He also founded the Daughters for Life foundation, which
provides scholarships for young women to study at universities in Palestine, Lebanon,
Jordan, Egypt and Syria.

Shortly after the Gaza incident, Abuelaish relocated to
Canada, where he is currently associate professor of global health at the
University of Toronto. He was awarded the Calgary Peace Prize in 2012.