Posted by: azizabusarah | September 6, 2010

Fighting Stereotypes; Palestinian organ donation saves 3 people

I have often been asked why Palestinians promote a culture of death. This a loaded question based on stereotypes. The following story by Dr. Itay Gal is about a Palestinian man who is donating his son’s organs to Jewish and Palestinian patients. This story is only one example of how Palestinian culture values life regardless of nationality, and there are many more stories like it. What is unique about this story is that it has gained media attention, providing hope that the American public will eventually recognize and reject the stereotype of a “Palestinian culture of death.”

“Giving life through tragedy”
by Dr. Itay Gal

Three people have been granted the opportunity for a new life, after the family of a Palestinian child who died in a mishap donated his liver and lungs.

The tragic incident took place about 10 days ago, when three-and-a-half-year-old Abdul Hai Salhut of east Jerusalem’s Jabel Mukaber fell and sustained grave injuries near his home. His family drove him to a local hospital, and from there he was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Karem medical center.

“My son reached a state where it was impossible to save him,” Moussa Salhut, the dead boy’s father, told Ynet. “We’re happy to see him alive in other people, regardless of whether they are Arab or Jewish. It doesn’t make a difference when you save life. In the shadow of our difficult loss, we are touched to have saved lives.” Read full article on YNETNEWS

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