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Palestinian family's tragedy saves 3 dying Israelis
Published Monday 06/09/2010 (updated) 08/09/2010 09:32
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Abdul-Hayy Salhout [courtesy Ynet]
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – On 27 August, a Palestinian four-year-old, Abdul-Hayy Salhout, fell from a balcony at his family's home in the Jabal Al-Mukabbir village in occupied East Jerusalem.

Doctors at the Hadassah Medical Center spent eight hours trying to revive the toddler in the intensive care unit, where he died six days later. Abdul-Hayy's parents decided at the time to donate his organs.

According to the Israeli news site Ynet, the boy's liver has since been successfully transplanted to a critically ill seven-year-old Israeli boy. A kidney was given to an eight-year-old girl, also Israeli, whose body has accepted it. The other kidney went to a 55-year-old Israeli man, and he is in good condition too despite concerns of rejection due to the age difference.

"My son arrived at the hospital in very serious condition, and it was impossible to save his life. But we're so happy to see him alive inside other people," Abdul-Hayy's father told Ynet. "It makes no difference to us whether the recipients speak Arabic or Hebrew, because saving a human life is the same."
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1 ) Mahmoud / Palestine
06/09/2010 20:30
I pray that the people who received these organs (and their families) grow and realize the the majority of Palestinians are kind-hearted and want to live side by side with Israelis. Let's hope they don't grow to become like the majority of brainwashed idiots who think Arabs and Muslims are "after them".

2 ) Nour / One-State
06/09/2010 21:50
God bless the family. I bet Ben Wacko and southparkidiot have no comment on this one. Their full time job is hating Palestinians and provoking them.

3 ) Daniel Shir / Israel
06/09/2010 22:50
Mahmoud, the majority of people I know do not hate Palestinians or think they are after us. In fact, saving a life, any life is a gift. I hope peace will come soon. However, i do know that it is a small minority on either side that will try to do anything to stop it. It is people on both sides of the fence that should strive to be more like Abdul-Hayy's father. People need to realize that hating and scapegoating only brings down a people and closes their eyes to reality.. May G-d bless you!

4 ) Estrellita / Colombia
06/09/2010 23:07
The difference between these people and those in conflict, IF they are blessed by God and the death of his son in this way has proved once again that more is achieved will and love to hate and resentment ... God bless this family and fill a lot of resignation in his heart

5 ) Cassie / UK
06/09/2010 23:40
Awww that innocent smile made me cryyy (((((:

6 ) Julie / USA
07/09/2010 00:01
#1 and #2 - very well said! this IS the majority of palestinian thinking and doing and being. ole jibber jabber jabo and southpukebear wouldn't dare touch this, it's too real, too true for their false and evil personas. and if they do, they will only prove once again how anti-God and anti-peace they truly are.

7 ) Ido Nehav / Israel
07/09/2010 01:30
All the Israeli media should have report this , in the headlines We, the people love peace to both the Palestinian and Israeli. Some people may not be like the government and its decisions and I am personally an Israeli living in Tel Aviv and I interrupt the products of the settlements.

8 ) Robert Haymond / Canada/Israel
07/09/2010 07:04
Part I: This was a beautiful and compassionate action on the part of the Salhout family. I am an Israeli and a Jew. This is an illustration of how we could be living together, assisting and bringing life to one another. The only thing I regret is Julie's #6 ugly post. It wasn't necessary. Again, to Abdul-Hayy's mother and father, I am very sorry for the loss of your child. As a father and grandfather, I can't imagine anything more painful. Thank you for your generosity and courage.

9 ) Robert Haymond / Canada/Israel
07/09/2010 07:17
Part II: The Salhouts' actions remind me of something which occurred in my own childhood. There was charity called CARE. For $10, we could have the charity assist a sick person anywhere we chose. I opted to have CARE help someone in Israel. About one month later, I received notification that the package was delivered to a Palestinian who was suffering from tuberculosis. I complained to my father. I told him I meant to help a Jew. He said, "No matter who you help, what you've done is good."

10 ) Eli / Israel
07/09/2010 11:26
To Mahmoud, Nour and Daniel, I too have a strong desire for peace and have great respect for people like Mr. Salhout who are able to brave the divide and do great things like this. However, When I do meet my Arab neighbors, whether on buses or around town, I can't help but wonder whether the truth is as you say, or if Mr. Salhout and those like him are only a minority.

11 ) Jennifer / U.S.A.
07/09/2010 13:09
God bless you and your beautiful son. I'm so sorry for your loss.

12 ) Eli / Israel
07/09/2010 13:26
To Mahmoud, Nour and Daniel, I too have a strong desire for peace and have great respect for people like Mr. Salhout who are able to brave the divide and do great things like this. However, When I do meet my Arab neighbors, whether on buses or around town, I can't help but wonder whether the truth is as you say, or if Mr. Salhout and those like him are only a minority.

13 ) Jafri Basron / Singapore
08/09/2010 00:02
The Israelis people must realize that the Palestinian people have long be oppressed and abused by the Israelis Government and some its people. Love and peace must prevail for the benefits of both side. Israelis must stop their aggression, please.

14 ) sabra / canda
08/09/2010 01:58
No words thatn I may write will assuage youyr grief at the passing of your beautiful son. Know only that through the passage of time that the pain you feel with his memories today, will in time be memories of joy and bring a smile to you.

15 ) Kathy Felgran / U.S.
08/09/2010 19:02
The Salhout framily has done a wonderful and loving thing and brought about something beautiful from their grief. Nothing can heal the pain of such a loss, but perhaps their example of selflessness will help Israelis to see Palestinians as "real people" and not as "the other". I hope this is widely reported in Israel and that it softens the hearts of hardline Zionists. We are all one human family, meant to share everything, including justice and peace.
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