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 court since I am not an Israeli citizen). This required my paying approximately 6,000 (USD) for each of my daughters and niece who were killed). The suit will be heard in an Israeli court in March, 2017.
Today, I am asking not only my fellow Canadians but also people around the world to sign a petition to seek Justice for Our Daughters to prompt the Israeli government to take responsibility for its actions. In 2016 the Israeli government has taken responsibility and issued an apology and compensated Turkish families harmed in the 2010 Gaza Flotilla.
Any compensation awarded from the lawsuit will be used to establish Daughters for Life International Schools in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Afghanistan, Iraq and one in Canada for the First Nations women.
The Daughters for Life Foundation was established in the memory of my lost daughters and niece, is dedicated to the education of girls and young women from all faiths and nations across the Middle East who face social and financial hardship.
I appeal to all people of conscience to sign this petition in the name of justice and to help ensure that 2017 can become a year of hope, peace and an affirmation of life.