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At Be`er Shaba court, Dr. Abuelaish seeks justice for daughters killed in Gaza
On 8th anniversary of Gaza tragedy:
A father continues to seek justice for his daughters
Tomorrow, Wed. March 15 - and also on March 19 and 29 and on April 2,
between 10:00 - 17.00, the Be`er Sheba District Court will deliberate on the
case of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Gazan whose three daughters and niece were
killed in an Israeli shelling of their home. Abuelaish, now residing in
Canada, is suing the Israeli Ministry of Defense. The case is being heard by
Judge Shlomo Friedlnader at the court building on 5 Hatikva St., Be`er
Sheba. Abuelaish himself, his two surviving daughters and other relatives
will come to testify. Israeli and international activists intend to maintain
a presence in the courtroom.
Should he win the suit, Dr. Abuelaish does not intend to keep any of the
money awarded by the court. Rather, he would donate the whole of it for the
creation and maintenance of schools and and for the education of girls of
all peoples and religions in the region.
For more information please contact:
Izzeldin Abuelaish MD, MPH Office: 416 978 3521 Mobile: 416 567 6604
Further background:
On December 27, 2008, Israel launched an invasion of Gaza, called Operation
Cast Lead. On January 16, 2009 my home was shelled by an Israel tank. Three
of my daughters, aged 13, 15, and 21, were killed in their bedroom; another
daughter was seriously injured, a niece was also killed and another niece
suffered catastrophic injuries.
Since this tragedy, I have been determined to hold the Israeli government
accountable. Sadly and painfully, the official response has been that my
daughters and nieces were collateral damage. This has compounded the pain
and suffering my family and I have endured.
On December 27, 2010, I launched a lawsuit against the Israeli government,
asking that it accept responsibility for the deaths, apologize, and pay
compensation. Any compensation awarded from the lawsuit will be used to
establish Daughters for Life International Schools in Palestine, Israel,
Jordan, Afghanistan, Iraq and one in Canada for the First Nations women. The
Daughters for Life Foundation, which was established in the memory of my
lost daughters and niece, is dedicated to the education of girls and young
women from all faiths and nations across the Middle East who face social and
financial hardship. (A year later, I was compelled to pay a financial bond
to the court since I am not an Israeli citizen). This required my paying
approximately 6,000 (USD) for each of my daughters and niece who were
killed). The suit will be heard in an Israeli court in March, 2017.
Today, I am asking not only my fellow Canadians but also people around the
world to sign a petition to prompt the Israeli government to take
responsibility for its actions. There is precedent, in 2016, the Israeli
government issued an apology and compensated Turkish families harmed in the
2010 Gaza Flotilla).
I appeal to all people of conscience to visit the website and sign a
petition in the name of justice and to help ensure that 2017 can become a
year of hope, peace, and an affirmation of life.
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