I woke up this morning and began surfing the Net. I checked my email. I checked some blogs. And then I checked the news and saw this . . .
In the middle of the recent conflict, I interviewed Dr Abuelaish for the BBC World Service's Outlook programme.
He told me all the glass had been blown out of the windows of his house, he could hear firing and explosions all around and he was desperately worried for the safety of his children.
Then on Friday afternoon, just a day before the ceasefire was announced, his worst nightmare came true.
"My daughters were just sitting quietly talking in their bedroom at home," Dr Izeldeen Abuelaish told me on the phone between sobs.
"I had just left the room, carrying my youngest son on my shoulders. Then a shell came through the wall.
Jabaliya Camp was hit repeatedly by Israeli strikes
"Tell me why did they have to die? Who gave the order to fire on my house?"
In a voice cracked with emotion, he added: "You know me, Lucy. You have been to my house, my hospital; you have seen my Israeli patients.
"I have tried so hard to bring people on both sides together and just look what I get in return."
The victims were Bisan, aged 20, Mayar, 15, Aya aged 13 and the physician's 17-year-old niece Nur Abuelaish.
"My eldest daughter was five months away from finishing her degree in business and financial management. She was looking forward to the future and I was so proud of her."
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The military's response was this,
A spokeswoman for the Israeli military said the incident is now under investigation.
"For the time being, all that I can tell you is that our troops fired on the house because they had come under attack from somewhere in the vicinity of the house. Possibly a sniper but I can't confirm that," the spokeswoman said.
Speaking from the hospital, Dr Abuelaish denied that any militants had been hiding in or firing from his house."Violence is never the right way. My daughters and I were armed with nothing but love and hope."
I hope that Obama's presidency forces Israel to face some hard truths, and that the people responsible for killing Dr Abuelaish's children are brought to justice.