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Armed with love and education
by Steve Payne
says, we were greatly moved by the
diary of BBC
Reporter Jeremy Bowen and inspired to write this optimistic vision of the
In 2012, on this day at the
Mukataa in Ramallah, and accompanied by his son Abdullah (pictured), Dr
Izzeldeen Abuelaish was inaugurated as the first Palestinian deputy President of
Israel, pledging to
arm the new multi-faith nation with love and education.
A Harvard education enabled Dr Izzeldeen to escape the crushing poverty of the
Jabaliya refugee camp Click
to watch the documentary, subsequently working in Israel as a
gynaecologist from 2001 until 2009. At the weekends, Dr Izzeldeen would return
to a sturdy five story high apartment block in Jabaliya where his extended
this hard-fought freedom, Dr Izzeldeen's fate was trapped in a closed nightmare
world where 1.5 million Gazans were prevented from leaving the Strip by the
Israeli Defense Force. And at 04:05pm on 16 January 2009, two Israeli tank
shells killed three of his daughters and a niece whilst they were engaged in the
terrorist activity of completing their school homework (pictured).
Dr Izzeldeen issued a live anguished broadcast in Hebrew
to watch from the Israeli hospital where he worked, stating
Look at what this family was armed with. Love and education. I dedicated my life
really for peace, for medicine. This is the path I believe in. And what I raised
and education my children to believe.
His demands that the Israeli military explain why his home had been targeted
marked the entrance of Dr Izzeldeen as peace advocate into a radically changed
political dynamic. Because the military invasion of Gaza was a political and
humanitarian disaster of such magnitude that it served as a catalyst for change.
In a very real sense, it was the end of a final chapter that had begun with the
death of Yasser Arafat.
Other new vectors of peace had entered play with the departure of George W. Bush
from the White House. US President Barack Obama actually recognised Palestinians
as human beings, seeking both positive engagement with the Muslim world and a
peaceful settlement in Palestine Click
to watch Al Arabiya interview.
sent a heavy-weight peace envoy to the region, former US Senator George Mitchell
who was a veteran of the marathon Northern Ireland peace settlement between
Protestants and Catholics during the mid-1990s. And fortuitously Mitchell
arrived in the region at a critical juncture, shortly before the departure of
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who had ordered the attack.
A breakthrough was achieved with the incoming Israeli administration. The two
state solution was scrapped in favour of a multi-faith state with full
democratic representation for Palestinians. The final settlement included an
amendment to the Israeli constitution to allow for the appointment of a new
executive office of deputy President, an idea inspired by F.W. De Klerks role in
Nelson Mandela's first Rainbow administration in South Africa.
Critically, this new minister would have full powers of oversight for the
welfare of the Palestinian population, based at the Mukataa in Ramallah.
This symbolic location was previously the seat of office for the President of
the Palestinian National Authority. Also known as Arafat's Compound, the
compound was raided by the Israel Defense Forces and later placed under siege
during late 2004 as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict entered its final,
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