I had the great privilege of meeting Dr. Hassan El-Nabih and his son in person during a workshop that I facilitated for journalists in Gaza a couple of weeks ago. It was then that I first heard the story that he shared in great detail in this article for Mondoweiss. Actually many of my friends in Gaza know him because of his reputation as a superb professor at Islamic University. After meeting him at the workshop and after reading more details about this incident, I wanted to know more. I am documenting just such stories in photographs for my friends in the United States and around the world.
I recently joined him for lunch and met his large family who now share a small 3 bedroom apartment in Gaza City. I thoroughly enjoyed the lunch, but that was not the purpose of my visit.
I wanted to hear more about the attack on the house…. and I actually wanted to see the house and to photograph what I found.
Dr. El-Nabih and two of his friends drove me to the family home that was bombed and where the doctor nearly lost his life during the bombing.
I can assure you that the damage to the house was severe… the bulk of it lies in ruins at this time, including the two floors that he had recently added for two of his sons and their future wives and children… the beautiful house is a total loss.
I visited the part of the house where the doctor was standing when the bomb exploded… it is definitely a miracle that he escaped and is still alive…. the adjacent stairway lays deep in rubble and the walls are blackened. And if the size of the crater from an earlier bombing that is right beside his house is any indication, some very powerful explosions took place.
As an American living in Gaza during the last weeks, I have seen destruction up close and personal…. and this story is the story of thousands of people all over Gaza.
I will share some photographs that I took of Dr. Hassan’s house…. it is a wreck….
Frankly, as an American, I am ashamed of my country for supporting the Israeli attack on Gaza…..
Too many civilian homes were destroyed without cause and despite any international conventions that prohibit such attacks…..
I do hope that Dr. El-Nabih’s case against Israel is heard before the ICC in the near future. He deserves to be compensated for the damage that was done to his home and to his dreams.