“I Shall Not Hate” & Guantanamo Prisoner No. 746

February 26, 2011

Outlook, a program on BBC World Service radio, has had two remarkable segments in the past few days, which I recommend. 

Saad Iqbal Madni, Guantanamo Prisoner No. 746

Yesterday, there was a 17-minute interview with Saad Iqbal Madni, an Islamic scholar from Pakistan who was held for 5 years in Guantanamo.  The program is entitled Guantanamo Prisoner No. 746.  The first part of the program was with an Australian man who survived the hostage taking of the Moscow theatre.

Saad Iqbal Madni is an Islamic scholar from Pakistan who spent five years in Guantanamo Bay.  He was released in 2008 – he says without charge – but has been under house arrest in Lahore since then.  Under anti-terrorism legislation, all former suspects returning to Pakistan are automatically placed under restrictions when they return.  Saad’s ordeal began a few months after 9/11, during a visit to Indonesia.  He says he was bundled onto a plane in Jakarta in January 2002, and then flown to Egypt.  From there he was transferred to Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, and moved again in March 2003 to Guantanamo Bay.  He claims he was humiliated, tortured, and abused every step of the way.

This is an interview that should be listened to by anyone concerned about the serious crimes that have been carried out at the Gulag of Guantanamo, all in the name of the people of the United States.  The clickable URL of the program is here:



Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish of Gaza lost 3 daughters during Israel’s aggression against the people of Gaza.  An Israeli tank fired on his daughters’ bedroom.  His 27-minute interview on today’s BBC radio program Outlook is worth listening to.

I also recommend listening to the profoundly moving 27-minute BBC Outlook radio interview with the wise Palestinian doctor, Izzeldin Abuelaish.  Dr. Abuelaish described his extraordinary personal journey to Outlook’s Lucy Ash.

The show can be heard here:

Abuelaish has vowed not to hate despite suffering appalling losses at the hands of others.

The doctor from Gaza has always used medicine to bridge the divide between Israelis and Palestinians, and continues to do so despite losing three daughters under Israeli tank fire.

Dr. Abuelaish lost three daughters when an Israeli tank fired on his house.

An internationally trained fertility expert, he helped childless couples in both Gaza and Israel to have babies.

During the Second Intifada in Gaza, he was the only Palestinian doctor working in one of Israel’s busiest maternity units, and each week he would cross the checkpoints that separated his home in the Gaza Strip from Israel.

A few people from his community thought he was a traitor, though most admired his professionalism, his humanity and his determination to bridge the increasingly bitter Israeli-Palestinian divide.

But the conflict came to his own doorstep on 16 January 2009 when Israeli tank shells killed three of his daughters and a niece.

Astonishingly, however, Izzeldin did not become embittered, nor did he seek revenge.

Instead, he convinced himself that his girls’ deaths must not be in vain and slowly turned his family tragedy into a force for peace – so much so that Izzeldin has won many humanitarian awards and has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.

Dr. Abuelaish at his family’s grave


“I shall not hate”. BBC World Service, Outlook, 24 February 2011

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