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Izzeldin Abuelaish

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1955
  • Age: 67
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Izzeldin Abuelaish (February 3, 1955 in Jabalia refugee camp -) was a Palestinian-Canadian physician and author from Gaza. He was the first Palestinian doctor to work in an Israeli hospital. He was active in promoting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. His daughters attended a peace camp with Israeli children in the United States.

During the Israeli war on Gaza in January 2009, his three daughters and a niece were killed by Israeli tank fire directed at his home. Abul-Eish described the killing of his daughters in a video clip that went viral around the world. The Israeli army initially claimed that Dr. Abu El-Eish's house was targeted because it was the source of sniper fire.

He immigrated to Canada, where he now resides in Toronto, with his remaining children.


Achievements and Awards

Burgerschapsprijs Stichting P&V
Ontario Medal



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