PALESTINIAN RIGHTS CHAMPION SARRAJ DIES

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GAZA CITY: Iyad Sarraj, an award-winning Palestinian psychiatrist and human rights campaigner who championed peace with Israel, has died of cancer aged 70, colleagues and relatives said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). In 1990, Sarraj established the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, which treated women, children and the victims of violence. Born 1943 in Beersheva, in what was then British-ruled Palestine, his family was uprooted and fled to the Gaza Strip with the founding of Israel in 1948. After studies in Alexandria, Egypt and London, Sarraj returned in 1977 to open a psychiatric practice in Gaza.

AFP

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