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Report: Bereaved Gaza doctor to sue Israel
Published Friday 24/12/2010 (updated) 25/12/2010 11:43
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TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, who lost three daughters when the Israeli army fired shells at his home during Operation Cast Lead, will file on Sunday a massive damages claim, an Israeli newspaper reported.

"I didn't want to file the lawsuit, and until now I didn't want to discuss it," he told Yedioth Ahronoth in a phone interview from Toronto, Canada, where he immigrated following the tragedy.

"I tried to take every step that would allow me to close this with love and goodwill, but they didn't leave me a choice. According to the law, the statute of limitations will apply to this case within a few weeks – but there is no statute of limitations on the blood of my daughters. It will stay with me forever. It's a catastrophe that's impossible to forget."

Abuelaish instructed his lawyer to avoid a lawsuit and reach a settlement with the security forces, which would include recognition and compensation, according to the report. But no such settlement was reached: The Defense Ministry's legal adviser, Ahaz Ben-Ari, announced this week that Abuelaish does not deserve compensation.

"Despite the severe outcome, from a legal standpoint our stance is that the operation during which Dr. Abuelaish's family members were hurt was an operation of war," Ben-Ari said. "Therefore, the State of Israel does not carry the responsibility for the damage it caused."
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1 ) ESH / USA
24/12/2010 15:57
How can the IDF be the "most moral army in the world" when this decision of theirs proves they have no morals, nor any understanding of morality? Are they even human? To stand on a dubious point of "law" which is so obviously devoid of human decency, Ahaz Ben-Ari only perpetuates an obscene injustice against this family and all decent human beings anywhere.

2 ) Maureen / Australia
24/12/2010 17:54
"Operation of war" - no it wasn't! Israel broke the cease fire with the intent to cause an excuse to carry out a "greater Holocaust" in Gaza, Cast Lead!

3 ) Joe Fattal / USA
24/12/2010 20:26
You cannot accused a person or a State for not understanding of morality, when such a person or State is unable to distinguish what's right or wrong. In Israel's case when both the misconduct, or crime and immorality are on trial, usually having no morals will exceed the comformity of standards. If Mr. Abuelaish have to prove first that Israel is run by men that have the charasteristic of man, he might have a case. If not, he doesn't have any.

4 ) Tony / London
25/12/2010 03:19
The entire concept of Zionism is an obscene. Israel is obscene and a grotesque stain on the face of the earth. We English bare much of the responsibility for the creation of this monster....the greatest threat to peace on earth. Pure Evil!

5 ) Niva dos Santos / Brazil
26/12/2010 06:02
Like Hitlers and his nazi system, Israhell does not mind if its bombs kill women or chidren. Tony, my country is guilty in charge either by the cretation of this pure evil entity 'cos was a Brazilian that in UN lead the process. Unfortunatelly, shame on us.
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