Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish meeting Deputy Defense Minister Alon Schuster in Knesset

Gaza doctor's appeal for apology heard by top Israeli court

For 13 years, Izzeldin Abuelaish has sought justice for what he says was a terrible mistake by the IDF during 2009 war where a tank struck his home, killing three of his daughters and niece

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Published: 11.15.21, 19:06
A Palestinian doctor appealed to the Supreme Court on Monday to order the military to issue an official apology and compensation for a 2009 Israeli strike in Gaza that killed three of his daughters and a niece.
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  • For 13 years, Izzeldin Abuelaish has sought justice for what he says was a terrible mistake by the Israeli army. A tank strike on his Gaza home during the 2009 war between Hamas militants and Israel killed his daughters Aya, 14, Bessan, 21, and Mayar, 15, as well as his niece Noor, 17. Another daughter survived but was wounded.
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    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish meeting Israeli Agricultural Minister Alon Shuster at the Knesset this week
    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish meeting Israeli Agricultural Minister Alon Shuster at the Knesset this week
    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish meeting Deputy Defense Minister Alon Schuster in Knesset
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    The military has said the strike was aimed at militants in the area, and in 2018, a lower court sided with the army. Now the Supreme Court is hearing Abuelaish's long-delayed appeal.
    Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom before the hearing, Abuelaish said he felt his daughters were with him and that he was “coming to advocate for the truth and their rights.”
    “I hope today this court (will) not kill them again,” he said.
    Abuelaish, who moved to Canada after the tragedy, was a well-known figure in Israel when the strike occurred.
    The Harvard-educated doctor and peace activist had worked at an Israeli hospital while living in the Gaza Strip.
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    The home of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish after it was shelled in 2009, killing three of his daughters
    The home of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish after it was shelled in 2009, killing three of his daughters
    The home of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish after it was shelled in 2009, killing three of his daughters
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    During the 2009 war, the first of four between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers, he provided live updates to Israeli media in fluent Hebrew.
    But when his home was hit, an Israel TV station delivered a real-time report from a sobbing Abuelaish to Israelis. “My daughters have been killed,” he cried as a journalist listened at the other end of the line as the audio aired live.
    Later Monday, the Supreme Court hearing adjourned without a decision.
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