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Israeli TV broadcasts call w/ doctor in Gaza whose three daughters were killed by tank shelling of his apartment building

Updates added.

This You Tube video may put a human face, or at least human voice, on what is happening to civilians in Gaza during the Israeli attacks. It certainly affected the Israeli reporter taking the call.

The doctor used to practice in Israel and had been in telephone contact with the station, giving observations about what was happening during the invasion. I wonder if the US MCM will pick this up--Has anyone seen anything about this on US news?

To get English subtitles:

If you cannot see the subtitles do the following:
1. Play the video
2. Click the triangle button at the bottom-right corner of the video
3. Click the Turn on captions button that looks like the letters CC.

This blog is apparently the source for the video (?).

Update: Per AFP report quoted by Juan Cole, fourth girl, the doctor's niece, was also killed. Building also called a "house," but I don't know which term is accurate.

In the Jabaliya refugee camp in the north of the territory, three daughters and a niece of a Palestinian doctor working in Israel were killed in an Israeli air strike. "They were girls, only girls. I want to know why they have they killed them. Who gave the order to fire?" the children's sobbing father Ezzedine Abu Eish said on Israeli television.

Update 2: Elizabeth notes in comments that MSNBC has this story on its front page; as of now it's further in, but I can't find the video. Note the power of broadcasting the doctor's grief--Israeli forces permitted a Palestinian ambulance to go directly to the doctor's dwelling and rescue the wounded. Not normal occurence, as has been reported graphically earlier in the assault.

Gazan officials identified Abu Al-Aish's deceased daughters as 22-year-old Bisan, 15-year-old Mayer and 14-year old Aya. His niece was identified as 14-year-old Nour Abu al-Aish.

At least two other daughters were injured.

His tragedy prompted numerous calls of concern to the station, many from people who know him.

"We all know and love him well at Soroka, and we really hope the situation gets better," Dr. Shaul Sofer, head of the ER at Soroka who taught Abu al-Aish.

Peace activist
Abu al-Aish, a 55-year-old gynecologist, is a rarity among Palestinians, a Hebrew speaker who trained in two Israeli hospitals. He is also is a known peace activist who was involved in promoting joint Israeli-Palestinian projects, and an academic who studied the affects of war on Gazan and Israeli children. He works at Gaza's main Shifa Hospital.

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.

One of our traits as humans is to be able to identify with a single sufferer, or some small number, but when confronted with hundreds or over a thousand such deaths we somehow shut down our feelings. Survival mechanism, I suppose.

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Submitted by pie on

painful to watch.

Absolutely no justification for this. None.

Submitted by jawbone on

daughters be among the final deaths of the Israeli assault. Plus a niece in your care. If the ceasefire had come one day earlier, hours earlier, would they still be alive?

And, yes, it is easier to identify with one grieving man and his family than with thousands. But, still--as John Kerry said long ago, "How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?"

How do you explain to the families of the last killed?