When I spoke to Izzeldin Abuelaish this week, I couldn't help reflecting that life continues to test him in the most Job-like ways. The latest one-sided conflict between Israel and Dr. Abuelaish's Gaza homeland is simply another in a life in which justice and fairness seem like distant dreams.
Dr. Abuelaish, now based at the University of Toronto, first came to the world's attention in 2008 for the worst imaginable reason. During Israel's assault against Gaza, around 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed. Of the 13, three were civilians, 10 were soldiers. Of the Palestinians, about 700 were civilians, 250 of them younger than 16. Four thousand Palestinian homes were destroyed, tens of thousands left homeless.