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Where Love Resides…

By: Anael Harpaz I want to be able to wake up and say - "It never happened! It's not true. It was only a nightmare!" But as the days get closer, I feel my heart wanting to cry out loud "Why, Why, Why??" I'm writing this today on the 14th of January, because I'm expecting another grandchild any day now and then I'll be rejoicing the new life and will put my pain aside. But right now I want to share what I am feeling and feel it fully! The 16th of January is in two days time. The 16th of January 2009 is rooted in my heart with so much sadness and pain. For weeks before there had been fighting between Israel and Gaza once again. For those who don't know me, in 2003, I…

Father continues to seek justice 8 years after the tragic loss of his daughters

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched an invasion of Gaza, called Operation Cast Lead. On January 16, 2009 my home was shelled by an Israel tank. Three of my daughters, aged 13, 15 and 21, were killed in their bedroom; another daughter was seriously injured, a niece was also killed and another niece suffered catastrophic injuries. Since this tragedy, I have been determined to hold the Israeli government accountable. Sadly and painfully, the official response has been that my daughters and nieces were “collateral damage.” This has compounded the pain and suffering my family and I have endured.  On December 27, 2010, I launched a lawsuit against the Israeli government, asking that it accept responsibility for the deaths, apologize and pay compensation. (A year later, I was compelled to pay a financial bond to the…