Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Gaza infertility specialist, suffered the death of his three daughters during Israel’s January offensive. His story was heart-breaking and inspiring. A man who had nearly lost it all yet refused to hate. Amazing.
Four months later, far from voicing bitterness over his loss, Abuelaish is trying to turn his tragedy into hope, raising money for a scholarship fund for Gaza girls and an Israeli hospital, and preaching reconciliation.
“We need to open our eyes, our minds and to have big hearts, to smash the mental and physical barriers and borders, to build the broken trust,” said the Harvard-trained son of a Gaza laborer, sitting in the apartment where 14-year-old Aya, 15-year-old Mayar and 21-year-old Bissan were killed two days before the war ended.