Israeli court to bereaved doctor who lost three daughters and a niece to Israeli bombs: “there is no recourse or remedy.” They rejected his demands for compensation. Israel always demands justice from Palestinians, but can’t offer it to them.

By Middle East Monitor

A Palestinian doctor, on Wednesday, lost his last Israeli court appeal for compensation over the killing of his three daughters and a niece in shelling by Israel during 2009 fighting in Gaza and said he may seek justice in an international forum instead, Reuters reports.

Upholding a lower court’s rejection of Izzeldin Abuelaish’s claim, the Supreme Court deemed the lethal incident an “act of war”. The military has said its troops fired after thinking they had seen Hamas fighters on the upper level of the doctor’s home.

“Our hearts go out to the appellant … but within the bounds of the proceedings before us, there is no recourse or remedy,” the three-justice panel said in its ruling.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
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Abuelaish, a Hebrew-speaking gynecologist who has worked in Israeli hospitals and now lives in Canada, had sought an apology and compensation over the deaths of his daughters Mayar, 15, Ayah, 13, and Bessan, 21, and niece Nour, 14.

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