Court rules against Gaza father of 3 girls killed by IDF

5 Dec

VIDEO: Gaza father on phone with Israeli TV as tank shells kill his 3 daughters: Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s heart-wrenching reaction in the aftermath of Israeli shelling which killed his 3 daughters during Operation Cast Lead was broadcast live on Israeli TV through Channel 10 reporter Shlomi Eldar’s phone.

Palestine Chronicle, 5 December 2018

An Israeli court yesterday ruled against a Palestinian from Gaza whose three daughters were killed by the Israeli army during its 2008 war on the Strip, denying Israel’s responsibility for their deaths.

Izzeldin Abuelaish, a 63-year-old doctor from Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip, lost three daughters and a niece during Israel’s 2008-2009 war on the besieged enclave. His story was made famous after he discovered his children had been killed while speaking to an Israeli TV channel, with his suffering broadcast live across the country and later shared widely around the world. [See above video]

Yet Israel’s Beersheba District Court yesterday ruled that Israel bore no responsibility for the deaths of the four girls, instead blaming “terror groups [for] fighting from within a civilian population and storing weapons in the building where they died,” the Times of Israel reported.

Israeli Justice Shlomo Friedlander said in yesterday’s ruling that Israeli shells hit Abuelaish’s home because “figures on the roof were suspected of acting as lookouts for terror groups and directing fire at IDF forces”.

Abuelaish’s lawsuit claimed that there was no fighting in the area at the time of the attack on his home, meaning there was no military rationale for it being targeted. His legal team claimed Israel’s shelling was, therefore, a war crime.

Abuelaish’s daughters – 13-year-old Bessan, 15-year-old Mayar, and 20-year-old Aya – as well as his 14-year-old niece Noor, were among 1,390 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during Israel’s 22-day war, dubbed “Operation Cast Lead”. Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem estimates that more than half of those killed were civilians.

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3 Responses to “Court rules against Gaza father of 3 girls killed by IDF”

  1. Lois Griffiths December 10, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    Dr Abuelaish spoke in Auckland ( 2011?, not sure) promoting his book I Shall Not Hate. We were fortunate to be in Melbourne when he spoke there. He is such a warm kind man, so full of humanity. The Israeli regime is so cruel, sadistically cruel. Izzeldin Abuelaish dedicated his book ” to children everywhere..Their only weapons are love and hope..”

    • kiaoragaza December 10, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      Yes Lois – Dr Abuelaish spoke at the Writers Festival in Auckland in 2011. An Israeli court recently rejected his bid to seek justice for the killing of his three daughters by the IDF during the ‘Cast Lead’ attack on Gaza – see our post on 5 December:

  2. kiaoragaza December 10, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    There is a video of his Auckland talk:

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