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Published on Feb 16, 2009
In the final hours of the Gaza war, Israeli tank shells slammed into Doctor Abuelaishs home killing half of his family. His tragic phone call to Channel 10 Israel has become a symbol of the war worldwide.
Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian doctor, working at hospitals in Gaza and Israel. During the Israeli attacks he was providing regular phone updates to Israeli television on life in Gaza. Dr Abuelaish was suppose to give us an interview that day, tells Channel 10 Israel presenter Oshrat Kotler. But nothing prepared them for the phone call they received. Viewers were transfixed as presenter Shlomi Eldar held up a phone live on air for 5 minutes listening to the outpouring of grief. My God! What have we done to them? Abuelaishs niece and three of his daughters had just been killed. I wanted to try and save them but they died from head wounds immediately. This broadcast delivered something Israelis hadnt experienced before, a real account of life in Gaza under Israeli attack.
Produced by ABC Australia, distributed by Journeyman Pictures