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For These Gazans, the War Is Not Over

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Last week, Ihab Dawahidi indicated with his right thumb that he was all right. When he needed something, he tapped on the side of his bed in the intensive care unit of Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem. He used his right hand again, because the left side of his body is paralyzed.

Eight days after the beginning of the Israeli-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip last month, Ihab was seriously wounded by an Israeli missile.

Few expected him to survive or regain consciousness: A piece of shrapnel had struck him in the head “and his brain was outside,” his brother Jihad, who accompanied him from Gaza to Jerusalem, told Haaretz last Monday, in the hospital’s yard.

“One of our brothers, Ahmed, who was next to him, instinctively covered the wound and the opening in Ihab’s head with his hand, put pressure on it and called an ambulance. After that Ahmed fainted. Our brother Amjad, who is a pharmacist, tied a shirt around Ihab’s head and a friend of ours drove them to Shifa Hospital” in Gaza, Jihad added.

For the Dawahidi family, the war is not over. Ihab, 35, heads the laboratories at the medical clinic run by UNWRA, the United Nations refugee agency, on Al-Nasser (“Victory”) Street in Gaza. Despite the dangers involved, Ihab had continued to go to work even during the war. He and his pregnant wife Raghda Yousef have a daughter and two sons: Lian (9), Mahmoud (8) and Karim (5). In a photograph supplied by the family, in which Ihab is shown embracing his three children, he wears........

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