St. John’s Episcopal Church presents and evening with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, human rights and peace activist on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00 pm.
A five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish has been crossing the lines in the sand that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life — as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the line, as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.
A Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor, Dr. Abuelaish was raised in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp. In 2009, three of his young daughters died in an Israeli tank strike. His profound response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world.
Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Dr. Abuelaish called for the people in the region to start talking to each other. His deepest hope is that his daughters will be “the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.” He founded Daughters for Life Foundation, which empowers girls and young women to become agents of change for the betterment of life throughout the Middle East by providing educational scholarships and awards.
Mosaic Theater Company of DC presented I Shall Not Hate in 2016 as part of their Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival, and again as the anchor production of their 2018 national tour. I Shall Not Hate is based on the memoir by Izzeldin Abuelaish, and adapted by Mr. Abuelaish and Shay Pitovsky. Visit mosaictheater.org for more information.
After the talk, a coffee and desert reception will be held. Signed copies of Dr. Abuelaish’s book, “I Shall Not Hate,” will be available for contributions of $20 or more to his charity, Daughters for Life
Cost: This event is FREE!
Parking: Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church (off of Wisconsin Avenue) or in the Montgomery County Public Lot (off of Wisconsin Avenue between Leland and Walsh Street).