Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A Sign Of Hope

Last Thursday, during clashes in the West Bank town of Jenin, an Israeli soldier shot a 12 year old Palestinian boy who was holding a toy rifle. Ahmed al-Khatib died on Saturday. The boy's parents donated their son's organs to those in need.
Ismail Khatib said the decision to donate his son Ahmed’s organs Sunday was rooted in his memories of his brother, who died at age 24 while waiting for a liver transplant, and in his family’s desire to help others regardless of their 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.
Six Israelis have been the recipients of Ahmed's organs. This story even has Meryl Yourish feeling optimistic.