Yesterday, Saturday, German media revealed that the bodies of a German doctor’s family, consisting of 6 members, who were martyred in an Israeli bombing on Gaza strip two weeks ago.
According to the German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, Youssef Abu Jadallah (39 years old), who worked as a doctor in Germany, along with his wife Aya, and their children Salah al-Din (10 years old), Muhammad (9 years old), and Abdel Rahman (3 years old) were martyred. Omar (an infant), as a result of an Israeli bombing of their home in Gaza.
Youssef Abu Jadallah was supposed to start his new job in a hospital in the German city of Dortmund on November 1. But before that, a member of the Palestinian Doctors Association in Germany, who specializes in anesthesia, wanted to visit his family in the Gaza Strip.
Abu Jadallah wanted to build a house on a piece of land he bought in Gaza, but according to his relatives, he was martyred on October 25, in the living room of the house where he was staying with his family, as a result of the Israeli bombing.
Ahmed Abu Jadallah, Youssef's brother, said in a press statement that they were able to “recover the bodies of his brother and his family from under the rubble two weeks after their killing,” according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
Ahmed, who also holds German citizenship and is 28 years old, was able to leave Gaza a few days ago, and is now in the city of Frankfurt, where he studied computer science, but he remains in a hospital because he suffers from health problems.
Abu Jadallah's family no longer exists
The German newspaper published a lengthy article on its front page entitled “Abu Jadallah’s family no longer exists,” accompanied by pictures of the family, which seemed happy, before the war, the father and mother and their four young children, including an infant, who obtained German citizenship.
Abu Jad's brother tells how his family removed the rubble of the bombed house and how they found the right foot of his brother Youssef and the head of his wife Aya. Equipment for removing the rubble was not found until two weeks after the accident, and only a few children's remains were found. Therefore, the death certificates reviewed by the newspaper indicate that the date of death was recorded as November 10.
Two days before his martyrdom, Youssef wrote to his friend Dr. Hazza Al-Jabali, head of the urology department at a hospital in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, via WhatsApp, saying, “Listen, the situation here is beyond your imagination. These are the numbers of my brothers. If you do not hear from me for a while, ask them about me.” “And if anything happens to me, tell all the important authorities, because you have most of my letters.”
Abu Jadallah and Jabali have known each other since 2004 and studied medicine together in Jordan. At the end of their studies, they learned German together in the evening at the Goethe Institute in Amman.
Al-Jabali is now holding a group of packages in front of the camera, all of which are letters addressed to his friend Youssef. Since he was looking for a new apartment in Dortmund, the mailings were forwarded to his address. Now Hamza Al-Jabali must inform Germany that his friend will not return.
The first thing Al-Jabali did was call his new employer, telling him that “Youssef Abu Jadallah, who was supposed to start with you, is no longer there.” Then it was the turn of the health insurance company, then the Doctors Syndicate. “It's not a nice job,” says Jabali, who has two children.
Earlier, the German Foreign Ministry said in a press statement: “Unfortunately, we now have to assume that a German family is among the victims of the conflict in Gaza.”
Abu Jadallah and his family were the first German citizens to be killed in Gaza as a result of Israeli bombing.
It is worth noting that Germany is one of the European countries most supportive of Israel and its war against the Gaza Strip.
Since the seventh of last October, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving 17,700 martyrs and 48,780 wounded, most of them children and women, with thousands more missing and believed to have died under the rubble, and massive destruction in infrastructure, and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.