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Now seems like an appropriate time to remember this address given by British MP, Sir Gerald Kaufman, back in 2009, during the last Israeli assault on Gaza.

Sir Gerald, who was brought up as an orthodox Jew and a Zionist, said: “My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town… A German soldier shot her dead in her bed… My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”

Kaufman urged his government to impose a complete arms embargo on Israel.

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Dr Izzeldin Abuielaish

Dr Izzeldin Abuielaish

Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish is best known as the victim of one of the most horrible tragedies of Operation Cast Lead – Israel’s 2008-09 assault on the people of Gaza.

Dr. Abuelaish was the first Palestinian doctor to receive a staff position at an Israeli hospital, where he treated both Israeli and Palestinian patients. Immediately before the 2008-09 Israeli assault he was a researcher at the Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv and already an important figure in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

On the 16th January 2009, Dr Abuelaish and his family were in their home when an Israeli tank shell destroyed their house and killed three of his daughters. He founded the “Daughters for Life Foundation” in memory of his daughters who were killed and has written a book, entitled “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity”.

Dr. Abuelaish is here addressing a rally held in Paris on November 17th, 2012

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