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One glimpse of peace

by Jerome a Paris Tue Nov 8th, 2005 at 07:26:18 AM EST

From the diaries ~ whataboutbob


Six Israelis receive organs of Jenin boy shot in error by IDF

The vital organs of a Palestinian boy mistakenly killed by the Israel Defense Forces last week have been transplanted into the bodies of six Israelis, after the boy's family donated his organs "for the sake of peace between peoples," Israel Radio reportedp>

Ahmed al-Khatib, 12, was fatally shot during clashes in Jenin last week, when IDF troops mistook the toy gun he carried for a real rifle.

Three Israeli girls, two Jewish and one Druze, underwent surgery Sunday to receive Al-Khatib's lungs, heart and liver. Twelve-year-old Samah Gadban had been waiting for a heart for five years when doctors called her family late Saturday and told them of the Al-Khatib donation. By Sunday afternoon, the Druze girl had a new heart and was recovering at Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikvah. .

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The boy's liver was divided in two and given to a 6-month-old baby and a 56-year-old woman; his kidneys were given to a 5-year-old boy; and his lungs were given to a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, the radio said.

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"I don't mind seeing the organs in 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," said Jamal al-Khatib, the boy's father, who added that he hoped the donations would send a message of peace to Israelis and Palestinians.

"I had an older brother who suffered from kidney failure," he told Channel 2, "and there were no transplants available. When the doctor told me that my boy was clinically dead, I remembered my brother."

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Let us hope that cooler heads hear the message on both sides of that tragic divide.

We all bleed the same color.
by budr on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 01:48:26 PM EST
what an incredibly loving act!  It's the kind of gift that could open hearts that have been closed for decades.  I hope this gets proper publicity in the Middle East.
by wchurchill on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 04:54:17 PM EST
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Same link - Israel open for change and for peace?

Solidarity with Murad and Munir
By Dror Mishani - Last update - 13:09 07/11/2005    

Anyone following the reactions in Israel to the riots that have been taking place during the last 10 days in France, could err for a moment and think that the radical left's vision of the End of Days has come true: Never has a political struggle of Muslims and blacks enjoyed such broad support among the Israeli public. "Finally, good news," "What a celebration," "Great!" and "I'm so happy!" - these are only a few of the typical reactions on local Web sites to the news of the incendiary nights in the poor suburbs of Paris.

Reading the reactions in full demonstrates, of course, that this is not solidarity with a political protest. This is only schadenfreude, and mainly an opportunity to express - and this time in the hope that "the world will understand and identify" - hatred of Islam and the Muslims in its most virulent form. Many Israelis feel the time has now come when Europe will be riper than ever to absorb the "knowledge" that has accumulated here during the decades of "coexistence" with Islam, that same knowledge that is the principal merchandise Israel has been seeking to export to the world, since the attacks on the Twin Towers.

"Islam did not come to Europe in order to become part of it, but in order to take it over", "France has been occupied by Islam, and Spain, Great Britain and Scandinavia now have as well" and "Anyone who lies down with dogs should not be surprised at getting up with fleas," are the popular versions of this knowledge, as they appear on the news sites. But this is exactly the merchandise being exported by some of our politicians, in more polished language, in well-paid lectures at research institutes and in books in fluent English, which seek to share with the West the Israeli experience of dealing with "terror".  

Talking about racism and propaganda all in one! How so not a clash of civilizations?

See a comment of mine today on Israel and Mossad assassinations of Palestinians. Export product like the Iraq campagne?

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

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by Oui on Tue Nov 8th, 2005 at 06:00:11 AM EST
i was stunned to see how young the arab kids were, playing with toy guns.

the other eye-opener was how militarised israeli society is.

i thought the italian submachine guns for traffic stops were over the top, but this was a whole new level.

i had to write a song about it, it hit me so hard:

 Oh Jerusalem!       2001

Now I've found the love of my life, it slowly keeps growing
Stumbled on the secret at the heart of the strife, there's more that keeps showing
My memories keep opening wide, images changing
Tugging at me like the turning tide
Oh, Jerusalem!

Took the road up to Galilee, cold rain made us shiver
All the power of history had us a-quiver
From the Jordan down to Sinai there sounded a warning
Touch of trouble on the border tonight
Oh Jerusalem!

Brothers can love one another

Trying to make it through to Bethlehem, millenium midnight
Stop and touch and go, you and us and them; 'can't let you in, ain't got no invite'
Religion, politics side by side: uneasy equation
The darker the shadow, the brighter the light
Oh Jerusalem!

See the children playing, they're having fun, but what are they playing?
Practicing with their plastic guns, when they're not praying
Mother Nature doesn't separate one child from another
We can teach them to love or we can teach them to hate
Oh Jerusalem!

Brothers please love one another

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Nov 8th, 2005 at 07:24:52 AM EST


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