A Palestinian physician has demanded that the Israeli regime apologize and bring to justice culprits involved in the killing of three of his daughters and a niece during a tank shelling on his home in the besieged Gaza Strip in 2009, a day ahead of a court hearing set to take place on the murder case.
Izzeldin Abuelaish, a fertility specialist, lost his daughters, aged 20, 14 and 13, along with his niece on the night of January 16, 2009, during the Israeli military aggression against Gaza.
In late 2010, he sued Tel Aviv in an Israeli court, demanding an apology, acceptance of responsibility and due compensation. The court scheduled the hearing for March 15.
“This is an emotional moment for me. But I want you all to know that I am not coming to defend but coming to advocate for justice and hope,” Abuelaish told reporters in Jerusalem al-Quds on Tuesday, adding that “in spite of the tragedy and what happened to us, we succeeded with the help of my beloved children to make life from death.”
After an initial probe into the case, the Israeli military acknowledged that its forces bore liability for the killings, saying they mistook the girls for spotters from the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.