December 20th, 2010: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Author to Come to Peterborough

NEWS RELEASE: For Week of January 1st, 2011

December 20th, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Author to Come to Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH – Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH, the Palestinian doctor, best selling author, and Middle East peace advocate who lost three of his daughters to Israeli tank fire will be speaking at the launch of the KWIC World Issues Café at Showplace Peterborough on January 29th, 2011.

Winner of the 2010 Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award of Canada and nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Abuelaish has been an important figure in Israeli-Palestinian relations for years. He is a Palestinian medical doctor who was born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp. He received post secondary education in Israel, Europe and Harvard in the USA, and is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health; University Of Toronto.  Dr. Abuelaish’s book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey (Random House, 2009) is a Canadian bestseller.

“Dr. Abuelaish is an excellent speaker to launch the KWIC World Issues Café, a new program of the Kawartha World Issues Centre” explained Julie Cosgrove, Coordinator. “He will give us a different perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and transform the rhetoric surrounding this issue into a very personal journey of struggle, tragic loss and remarkably, forgiveness. I believe there is something for all us in his story.”

Making the Change on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity” with Dr. Abuelaish is free with a pass to the ReFrame feature film, Budras, beginning at 7:30pm at Showplace. There will be book signing after the talk.

A ticketed fundraising reception and book signing with Dr. Abuelaish has been organized to support the Daughters for Life Foundation ( established in memory of his late daughters to fund health initiatives for women and children in the Middle East.  Tickets are $100 per person and include a private reception with Dr. Abuelaish at Elements between 5:30 and 7pm, reserved A-level seating at the ReFrame Saturday night feature film, Budras followed by Dr. Abuelaish’s talk and a $60.00 charitable tax receipt. Tickets are limited (65) and can be purchased from the Kawartha World Issues Centre, Catalina, Have You Seen and Titles Bookstore in Peterborough.

For more information about the KWIC World Issues Café and fundraising reception, please visit or call 748-1680.

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Dr. Abuelaish will be available for personal interviews between 7:30 and 8pm at Showplace Peterborough, 290 George Street North, Peterborough. For more information or to arrange for an interview, please contact

Julie Cosgrove, KWIC Coordinator at 748-1680. The Kawartha World Issues Centre is a charitable global education and resource centre that has provided education, analysis, and action of world issues and their local connections, since 1989.