- A Palestinian doctor lost his three daughters during Israeli attack on Gaza.
- His recent book is entitled ( I shall not hate).
- He raised a lawsuit against Israel.
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.
On January 17, 2009, he was giving Israel's Channel 10 his daily account from inside the war zone in Gaza when three of his daughters were killed in an Israeli attack. He called for help as his house was attacked.
|Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, right, in the hospital where he works in Israel. He lost three daughters, and a fourth was being treated.NYT. January 18, 2009|
Dr Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish's daughters were killed during the military assault when Israeli forces fired on his home. People heard the incident unfold as Abu al-Aish was doing a live television interview with an Israeli TV channel. The Israeli military admitted shelling the home but said its soldiers' actions were "reasonable" considering the circumstances.
Abu al-Aish, a 55-year-old gynaecologist trained in Israeli hospitals, was giving Israel's Channel 10 his daily phone account from inside the war zone in Gaza when three of his daughters were killed in the attack.
Israeli findings: The military had said that an inquiry into the January 16 incident found that troops directed two shells at the doctor's home after fighters fired from the area.
The report said soldiers came under fire from a building close to Abu al-Aish's, and then "suspicious figures were identified in the upper level of Dr Abu al-Aish's house and were thought to be spotters who directed the Hamas sniper and mortar fire".
Abu al-Aish had instructed his lawyer to avoid a lawsuit and reach a settlement with the Israeli army, which would include recognition and compensation. But no settlement was reached.
Ahaz Ben-Ari, the Israeli army's legal adviser, said that Abu al-Aish did not deserve compensation. "Despite the severe outcome, from a legal standpoint our stance is that the operation during which Dr Abu al-Aish's family members were hurt was an operation of war," Ben-Ari said. "Therefore, the State of Israel does not carry the responsibility for the damage it caused."