Yehuda Glick, the Israeli parliament member almost killed by a Palestinian shooter, said Israel should apologize for killing three Palestinian sisters.
He was the beloved doctor of both Palestinians and Israeli Jews, the one who brought their children into the world. But now, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is coming to a fateful moment in the long, drawn-out process of his lawsuit against the Israeli government for the Israeli army’s killing of his three daughters and a niece, and the severe wounding of another daughter during Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s 2009 military offensive in Gaza.
I spoke with Izzeldin Abuelaish this morning, as fighting raged between Israel and Hamas. His anguished words could serve as a rallying cry for the way forward.
After losing his daughters to Israeli shelling of Gaza, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish has sought to rebuild his life in Canada. He still works for peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
“If I could know that my daughters were the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis, then I would accept their loss,” wrote Izzeldin Abuelaish, the Gazan obstetrician-gynecologist specializing in infertility following the killing of three of his daughters and a niece by an IDF tank shell that hit his family’s home in the Jabalia refugee camp in the final days of Operation Cast Lead in 2009. The tragic incident took place while Abuelaish was reporting live from Gaza by telephone for an Israeli news broadcast.