Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Some People Are Beyond Me

A few days ago my mom told me a story she saw on German TV. It was about a 12 year old Palestinian boy who was shoot dead in the head by an Israeli solider because he has mistaken him for a gunmen. The parents of the boy "Ahmed Al- Katib" have given a gift to the people of Israel and Palestine, and to peace by allowing their sons organs to be donated to save the lives of children on the Israeli side . The father said that he hoped the donation would send a message of peace to Israelis and Palestinians.

Ahmed's organs have saved the lives of six people of different ages, including a Druze girl who got his heart, and two Israelis who received his lungs and liver. One of Ahmed's kidneys saved the life of Mohammed Kabua, a Bedouin child who lives in Israel's southern Negev desert.

His kidney also saved Menuha Levinson, the toddler daughter of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem. But her father's initial discomfort at the idea of an Arab donor shows the deep personal suspicion that stokes this conflict.

Yaakov Levinson says shortly after his daughter's life-saving operation that he would would have preferred a Jewish donor and remarks that he would never allow his children to be friends with Arabs for fear of "bad influence". This remark has struck me deeply, a father who has lost his son for nothing by their people has saved their little daughter's life, how can this man still say something like this? How can someone be so full of hate? This is beyond me.

If such an act of kindness can not bring peace then what? what is there to do?

This story has been filmed and it is called "The heart of Jenin", a
German-Israeli documentary film, shows the story of Ahmed, his father, and three of the five people who received the donated organs.

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