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Israeli court rejects Gaza man’s appeal for apology over deadly strike

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish speaks with Israeli Minister of Agriculture Alon Shuster at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish speaks with Israeli Minister of Agriculture Alon Shuster at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel’s Supreme Court rejects an appeal from a Palestinian man who was seeking an apology from Israel over a 2009 tank strike that killed three of his daughters and a niece in the Gaza Strip.

The ruling dashes the hopes of Izzeldin Abuelaish, who has been on a 13-year campaign to seek justice for what he says was a terrible mistake by the Israeli military.

In its decision, the court upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of the military. The Israeli government has argued that the military is not liable for wartime actions.

“Our hearts go out to the appellant,” the Supreme Court justices write in their ruling. However, they say there was “no answer and remedy within the scope of the proceedings before us.”

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