Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish will be in Jerusalem March 12 – April 3 to testify at the Israeli court concerning the loss of his beloved daughters and niece. The hearing will start March 15; he is expected to testify March 15, 19, 29 and April 2.
All who can come and witness the civil trial at the court in Beersheba are encouraged to attend.
Information below comes from several press releases about this issue. The releases seek to increase awareness and promote the cause among politicians, human rights advocates, and people who care about justice and women and women’s education.
As part of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead that began in late December 2008, tank shells killed three daughters and a niece of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish and severely wounded other family members.
Since this tragedy, Dr. Abuelaish has worked hard to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Following his relocation to Canada, he told his story in his book I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.
In 2010 Dr. Abuelaish commenced a civil action involving the Israeli government seeking a formal apology and compensation for the deaths. The trial will be heard in March 2017 in Israel and any funds awarded as a result will be directed to the Daughters for Life Foundation, a registered Canadian charity established in memory of the deceased girls.
A petition also asks the government of Canada send a letter to the government of Israel supporting Dr. Abuelaish’s lawsuit.
Izzeldin Abuelaish is Associate Professor of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
He is a Palestinian Canadian physician, teacher and an internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East. He is known as the “Gaza Doctor” who has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace.
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