I have been reading one of the most amazing books. I noticed it on the new book list at the library. It is called "I SHALL NOT HATE" by Izzeldin Abuelaish. I have been deeply moved, and neccessarily educated by reading this book. Oh how narrow our world view can be. I try so hard to avoid taking on board generalisations with regards to other countries and nationalities but it is still there. All the misinformation, all the false beliefs. Reading this book just made me completely dumb founded as to how bloody lucky I am. How truly lucky to have my family, my home, food to eat, clothing to wear, safety to walk the streets. I am at a loss for words to explain how I feel about our general lack of being in awe of the education we can receive. How wonderful this man is in his honesty and moral standing and beliefs. I would so love to meet him. I wish I could say a personal thankyou for him sharing his story and for all of the things he has achieved so far in his life.
Below is a review from the Random House Website about the book.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS AND THEN GET THE BOOK. READ IT.
"What can you do? You can do a lot. You can support justice for all by speaking out loudly to your family, friends, community, politicians and religious leaders. You can support foundations that do good work. You can volunteer for humanitarian organizations. You can vote regressive politicians out of office. You can do many things to move the world toward greater harmony…
"I know that what I have lost, what was taken from me, will never come back. But as a physician and a Muslim of deep faith, I need to move forward to the light, motivated by the spirits of those I lost. I need to bring them justice… I will keep moving but I need you to join me in this long journey."
-from I Shall Not Hate
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish - now known simply as "the Gaza doctor" captured hearts and headlines around the world in the aftermath of horrific tragedy: on January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit his home in the Gaza Strip, killing three of his daughters and a niece.
By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, hopeful and horrifying, this is Abuelaish's account of a Gazan life in all its struggle and pain. A Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Abuelaish is an infertility specialist who lived in Gaza but plied his specialty in Israeli hospitals. From the strip of land he calls home (a place where 1.5 million refugees are crammed into 360 square kilometres of land), the Gaza doctor has been crossing the lines that divide the region for most of his life, as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the border and as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved public health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.
But it was Abuelaish's response to the loss of his children that made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, in this personal account of his life, Izzeldin Abuelaish is calling for the people of the Middle East 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.
Daughters For Life - This is the website for the foundation he has set up after he lost his daughters and niece. Please take a look.
AND on a less serious note....
I have been busy helping my daughter pack up and clean her rental house. Time to move on. I have also been busy making some ear ring display frames to sell at the markets tomorrow. I have a friend who has been making ear rings and braclets and she is going to take them to the markets tomorrow. I really wish her luck. I will post some photos of our day afterwards.
I also have been continuing to sew up my grand daughters bedspread. I have made a birthday present for a friend. I will post a photo of that when I give it to her and she puts it up. I picked up a beautiful book with glossy photos of geisha girls and Japenese traditional performers. 50 cents at the local library. My friend has an oriental theme throughout her house so I cut out four of the photos with the girls in full traditional costume and performing on stage. It is in a black frame. Then when I went to her house the other day I noticed that the toilet was not in the theme. So I picked up a metre of gorgeous red satin fabric with an oriental theme. I made a curtain for her toilet and will cover a canvas with the same fabric. With the frame of photos and the canvas and the curtain her toilet will look fabulous. All I need to pick up now is a lovely simple red mat for in front of the toilet. I cannot wait to give it to her. I really hope she likes it. I will make a card with a toilet on the front and her gift is called the toilet pack.
The block beside us is just full of these trees in flower. Black Wattle. They look amazing. I think the rain this year has been really good for them.
Close up of the flowers.
Tree in full bloom.
You can see them all the way down our border.
This was taken this week. The shot below was taken of the same spot only a few short weeks ago.