A Palestinian boy, Ahmed Ismail Khatib, 13, died from
violence in Jenin,
His family chose to donate his organs to five needy Israelis.
Ahmed's parents met with the parents of children whose lives were saved by transplanting Ahmed's organs.
women, doctors, nurses and visitors at the Schneider Children's
Ahmed's father called on both Israelis and Palestinians to instill a new culture in our childrens minds.
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Published by Ynetnews.com -- Tuesday 15 Novemeber
'We are Samah's parents too'
Parents of Palestinian boy killed by IDF fire,
whose organs were donated to Israeli children,
meet with children who received their sons organs
by Meital Yas'ur-Beit Or
The parents of a Palestinian boy whose organs were donated to Israeli children after his death from injuries inflicted by IDF fire in Jenin, met with the children who received their sons organs.
Ahmed Ismail Khatib,13, was shot by IDF troops in the West Bank town of
home carrying a toy gun that soldiers mistook for a real one. He was taken to
The first meeting was with the parents of 12-year-old Samah, an Israeli Druze girl who received Ahmeds heart.
We are also her parents now, Ahmeds mother told Samahs mother Yousra, as she hugged her.
The joy is also shared by two fathers. We are one family. I hope you will accept me as your sister, Yousra said.
We feel as if we are looking at our son. If this girl asks you something and you cannot attend to it, come to us. We are her parents too, Ahmeds father said of Samah.
Mother: Samah received a new life
The meeting between Ahmeds parents and the parents of children whose lives were saved by transplant operations using Ahmeds organs was emotional. Men, women, doctors, nurses and visitors at the Schneider Children's
Fairouz Gaboua, whose 5-year-old son Mohammad received one of Ahmeds kidneys, came to thank the Khatibs. Tovah Levinson of
This amazing family gave Samah a new life, Yousra said. It is difficult to express in words whats in my heart. An Israeli soldier mistakenly killed Ahmed and they donated his organs to sick Israeli children, it is a bridge to peace.
Tovah Levinson said, We are really grateful to you for saving our daughters life. God will pay you back for that good deed.
We hope her wounds will heal soon. We hope that she will work to promote peace once she grows up, Ahmeds parents said.
Ahmeds father addressed the Israeli public through a letter in which called on both Israeli and Palestinians to instill a new culture in our childrens minds.
Ali Waked contributed to this report