HEALING HEART – The Story of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

I just heard a radio interview with Dr. Abeulaish and was much impressed. I went seeking for a well-written article about his experience and what he chooses to learn from it. Thanks for this.

In these dark times of increasing sectarian violence in the Mid-East, it is good to hear a story that, despite the tragedy that grounds it, offers hope for human change for the better.


*Originally featured in Good Weekend, 14 May 2011.

Two years ago, Izzeldin Abuelaish lost three beloved daughters in an Israeli tank attack, yet the famed Palestinian doctor refuses to let hate fill his soul. he explains why to David Leser.   

“My God, my God. They killed my daughters. Shlomi, I wanted to save them, but they are dead. They were hit in the head. They died on the spot. Allah, what have we done to them? Oh God.”

These were the words of Palestinian doctor, Izzeldin Abuelaish, as he spoke to Israeli television journalist Shlomi Eldar from the ruins of his home in the Gaza Strip on January 16, 2009. More than words really, an animal cry from the depths of a father’s heart.

The war in Gaza, codenamed “Operation Cast Lead” had entered its twentieth day when Dr Abuelaish used what was left of his fading mobile…

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