His Heart Still Heavy, Palestinian Doctor Keeps Hope For Peace Alive

6 Mar

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Truth, Praise and Help

This article was first published in JWeekly.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian ob-gyn from the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza, immigrated with his five children to Canada in 2009 to start a new life. However, he could not leave his traumatic past behind. Nor did he want to.

“The wound is open and I live with it every day,” the doctor said by phone from his office at the University of Toronto, where he teaches at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

That unhealable wound is the killing of his three daughters, Bissan, Mayar and Aya, and a niece by an Israeli army shell that hit his family’s home in the final days of Operation Cast Lead in early 2009. The tragedy took place as Abuelaish, a fluent Hebrew speaker who worked in Israeli hospitals, was on the phone with an Israeli TV program giving an eyewitness account of…

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