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Contact Information: Mohammed Maraqa
April 23, 2009 - 12:00am

Washington, DC, April 21, 2009 – The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) hosted a meeting with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor who tragically lost three daughters and a niece during Israel’s military incursion into Gaza last January. The meeting was attended by ATFP board members and supporters.

Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian Obstetrician and Gynecologist from the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Abuelaish has earned multiple medical degrees from several prestigious universities including the University of London and a Masters Degree in Public Health, Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Throughout his career, Dr. Abuelaish has been a strong advocate for peace and has frequently spoken out condemning all forms of violence.

On January 16th, Dr. Abuelaish’s home was struck by Israeli shells, immediately killing three of his daughters as well as his niece. A fourth daughter, Shada , was severely injured and rushed to Chaim Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv after Israeli news anchors aired Dr. Abuelaish’s call for help. Despite his tragic loss, Dr. Abuelaish remains committed to the idea that medicine can serve as a bridge for peace. Dr. Abuelaish plans to use any compensation for the loss of his family, to start a foundation in partnership with the European Union for the education of women in the Gaza Strip. He reaffirmed his belief that “a healthy and educated Palestinian woman will serve as the bedrock for healthy and educated children, husbands, community and society.”

Dr. Abuelaish related his inspiring story to the ATFP and briefly answered questions regarding his commitment and future plans.


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