Postponed: Women’s Health and Education: A Path toward Peace with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH

The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum 2020.

Women’s Health and Education: a Path to Peace

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed.

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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH

April 15, 2020     7:30pm

F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, Madison New Jersey

Event Co-Sponsors
The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict
The Marjorie M. and Irwin Nat Pincus Fund Lecture Series, Drew University Hillel

“All can live in harmony.  And all can reach their full potentials spiritually, emotionally, physically and intellectually.”

Five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish leads the Sugerman Forum 2020.  Known as the “Martin Luther King of the Middle East” and the “Gaza Doctor”, Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor and infertility specialist who is devoted to advance health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East, through his research and his charitable organization, the Daughters for Life Foundation.

Dr. Abuelaish, who has worked in Israeli hospitals caring for patients and delivering babies of both Palestinian and Israeli descent, has always said that all people, regardless of their religious and political beliefs, are equal, deserve access to quality education and health care, and should have every opportunity to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

Born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Abuelaish has overcome many personal hardships, including the death of his three young daughters in the Gaza War of 2009, to become one of the most outspoken and beloved educators on peace and development in the Middle East. His personal doctrine, outlined in his memoir, I Shall Not Hate, is that hate is not a response to war. Rather, open communication, understanding, and compassion are the tools needed to bridge the divide between Israeli and Palestinian interests.  Currently, Dr. Abuelaish is an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.


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