JERUSALEM, Nov 24 (Reuters) – A Palestinian doctor on Wednesday lost his last Israeli court appeal for compensation over the killing of his three daughters and a niece in shelling by Israel during 2009 fighting in Gaza, and said he may seek justice in an international forum instead.
Upholding a lower court’s rejection of Izzeldin Abuelaish’s claim, the Supreme Court deemed the lethal incident an “act of war”. The military has said its troops fired after thinking they had seen Hamas fighters on the upper level of the doctor’s home.
Abuelaish, a Hebrew-speaking gynecologist who has worked in Israeli hospitals and now lives in Canada, had sought an apology and compensation over the deaths of his daughters Mayar, 15, Ayah, 13, and Bessan, 21, and niece Nour, 14. read more
“I had hoped Israeli judges could hand down a ruling that would revive hope, but I expected that they would not,” he told Reuters on Wednesday. “I therefore prepared myself to seek justice for Mayar, Bessam, Ayah and Nour at any forum possible.”
Abuelaish had said he planned to use any funds received in compensation to expand the “Daughters for Life” foundation he established. It offers educational opportunities for young women from the Middle East, including from Israel.