You’d have to be a cold and heartless person not to sympathize with the sorrow felt by Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish. In this clip he is on the phone with veteran Israeli Channel 10 Newsman Shlomi Eldar. Abu al-Aish cannot contain his anguish, asking Eldar over and over again “Why Shlomi, why?” Eldar for his part, has a hard time maintaining his composure as well. Haaretz reports:
When Channel 10 called him on Friday, he answered the phone crying that his house in the northern Gaza strip town of Jebalia had been hit by Israeli shells and his daughters killed. Eighteen members of his extended family were in the house at the time… Israeli TV said initial reports indicated that a sniper had fired from either the family’s building – which friends quoted by TV said they doubted – or nearby, and the Israeli infantry responded with a tank shell… Abu al-Aish was able to arrange the transfer of two injured daughters to Israeli hospitals – something that has been extremely rare during this conflict. The Israeli army also for the first time allowed a Palestinian ambulance to go straight to the Erez border crossing, where the injured were transferred to Israeli ambulances… From there, they were taken by helicopter to Tel Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv.
Dr. Abu al-Aish, who was trained and worked in Israel, had been calling in to Channel 10 on a regular basis, providing reports on the situation on the ground in Gaza. He was clearly much admired by his colleagues in Israel and the journalists that got to know him. After the airing of this show, channel 10 was flooded with calls by people expressing concern for his and his family’s welfare as well as anguish and sadness at his loss. The IDF stated that the Doctor’s home was hit by a tank shell after sniper fire was reported from the area. Whatever the reason, this was clearly a monumental fuck up – tragically happening on the day before an expected cease-fire.
No doubt much will be made about this horrible tragedy by those seeking to exploit it for political gain. All I can do is extend my heartfelt condolences to Dr. Abu al-Aish as well as all the other innocent civilians who lost their lives senselessly in Gaza. Our hearts go out to you and we feel only sadness and regret at your loss:
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