Wednesday, November 09, 2005

From Love, comes Hope

Things have been looking pretty grim lately, and I was happy to read on the BBC news website about Palestinian parents who donated their murdered child's organs to Israelis awaiting transplants.
The parents of a Palestinian boy killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank have donated his organs for use in Israel, in the hope of promoting peace.

Twelve-year-old Ahmed Ismail Khatib was shot in the town of Jenin by troops who mistook his toy gun for a real one.

His organs were transplanted into five Israeli children and a woman aged 58.[...]

"I have taken this decision because I have a message for the world: that the Palestinian people want peace - for everyone," he told the AFP news agency.

"We have no problem whether it is an Israeli or a Palestinian [who receives his organs] because it will give them life," added the boy's mother, Ablah Khatib.

Ahmed's kidneys, liver, heart and lungs were transplanted into Israelis including Jews, Arabs and a Druze girl, medical officials said. [...]
Mr Khatib has done a very noble thing and shown that even in the midst of such intense hatred and conflict, individual people can choose a different way of being. Perhaps it is only through learning to respond to hate with wisdom and love, will humanity ever stand a chance of maturing spiritually.

Mr Khatib, thank you.

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