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The parents of Ahmed Khatib reminded us once again of the shared humanity of Palestinians and Israelis. As some Israelis and Palestinians had done before, they donated organs of their son, slain by Israeli soldiers by accident, to save the lives of Israelis. Wonderful acts such as these give us all hope for a better Middle East. Khatib's father stressed that this act stemmed from the ordeal of his own brother who died for lack of a transplant, and from his desire for peace and life for the children of Israel and Palestine. A beautiful gesture of love.
Not everyone is happy about these gestures of humanity.
Several years ago, the Iranian news service IRNA published an article that alleged that Zionists are killing Palestinian children in order to steal their organs. We kid you not.
Israel Kills Palestinian Boys, Steals Organs For Transplants
http:// www. rense.com/general19/israelkills.htm
You will find over 400 copies of the above article on the Web. The article was based on an admission by then Minister of Health Nissim Dahan that it was possible that some of the remains of victims had been used for transplants. He had said, "I couldn't say for sure that something like that (taking out the organs) didn't happen." Dahan is a member of the ultra-orthodox Shas party. We can't be sure that Dahan wasn't abducted by aliens and implanted with thought control either. Dahan's "admission" was probably part of a vendetta between ultra-orthodox Jews, who oppose organ transplants, and the pathology institute at Abu Kabir. The article implied that the children were killed purposely in order to steal their organs.
You read the article, and now you can see the movie. The Iranian government enlarged on the theme of the Zionist body snatchers, and fabricated a video that documents the alleged practice - http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=420. Apparently, this modern version of the blood libel has reached Berkeley California as well, judging from photos taken at an "anit-Zionist" demonstration. (from www. zombietime.com/bus_19_berkeley/ )
Background article - Organ donation untouched by religious conflict
The parents of Ahmed al-Khatib, a twelve year old boy killed by accident by the IDF in Jenin, have given a gift to the peoples of Israel and Palestine, and to peace. They have allowed the organs of their son to be used to help save the lives of Israeli children.
The boy's father said the decision to donate his son Ahmed's organs stemmed from ordeal of his brother, who died waiting for a liver transplant, and from his family's desire to help others regardless of nationality.
"I don't mind seeing the organs in the body of an Israeli or a Palestinian. In our religion, God allows us to give organs to another person and it doesn't matter who the person is," Khatib said. He added that he hoped the donation would send a message of peace to Israelis and Palestinians.
Al Khatib also said:
"I hope we can live a peaceful life without the killing of children. My children and the Palestinian children in the camp are dreaming of a peaceful life of freedom..."
"I am speaking my mind, not my heart. My heart is weeping for my son but my mind is telling me to do something important.
Elsewhere he was quoted as saying:
The most important thing is that I see the person who received the organs, to see him alive."
The shooting of Ahmad al-Khatib was a tragic error:
The soldiers thought they saw an armed man some 130 meters away, and one of them fired, hitting the suspect in the head. When the soldiers approached, they found Ahmed laying critically injured - with a toy gun. The IDF subsequently circulated photos of the gun to show how realistic it looked.
Ahmad's organs have so far saved the lives of six Israelis of different ages, including a Druze girl who got his heart, and two Israelis who received his lungs and liver.
There were many other cases too, apparently:
Palestinian boy's organs save four Israelis
July 31 2003
The family of a Palestinian boy killed in an accident has helped save the lives of four Israeli children by donating his organs, a rare act after 34 months of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Eleven-year-old Qaher Aoude died when he fell off the roof of his home near Nablus in the West Bank.
His family authorised the donation of his organs yesterday over the objections of many of their neighbours angered by Israeli crackdowns on a Palestinian uprising for independence.
"We want Israelis and Americans to know that while the Israeli army kills Palestinians we give life to Israeli children," Murad Aoude, one of Qaher's 17 siblings, said today.
The organs of several Israelis - some of them killed in suicide bombings and other Palestinian attacks - have been donated to Palestinians since violence erupted in September 2000, but donations the other way dropped off dramatically, Israeli health officials said.
"When (Palestinian) organs were donated it was in secret," said Tamar Ashkenazi of Israel's national transplant centre. "This may be the first time since it began it has been done publicly."
"Shared humanity" is not just a cliche. Here is to the memories of Ahmed al Khatib and Yoni Jesner, of Qaher Aoude and all the others, and to the generosity of their parents, whose acts ensure that "human" does not become a curse word, and who command us to make peace.
The article"Thank the al-Khatib family for their gift to peace" appeared at MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log
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