Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Small Story Of Hope: Israeli And Palestinian Doctors Save A Child's Life



"Amidst all the violence and confrontation, Jafar's healthy, beating heart is a symbol of healing and the humanity and cooperation that take place despite the raging conflict."

Amen. 

The story (h/t Haaretz) of Israeli and Palestinian doctors working together to save the life of Jafar, a Palestinian baby, captured in the video above, is especially moving during the current conflict. I know that every topic in the Middle East becomes politicized, but I think that an event like this offers hope. It's a small story in the midst of regional events, but it's also the largest one in the world: the saving of a child's life. 

This endeavor involved the cooperation of people of goodwill on both sides. Such goodwill and hope will also be needed for 2009 to end on a much more positive note for the Israelis of Sderot and the Palestinians of Gaza City.

The Israeli organization that carried out this operation, Save A Child's Heart, has provided free treatment to more than 2,000 children suffering from heart disease around the world.

2 comments:

mjmand said...

Thank you for this link. Frankly I'm tired of all the killing and the diminution of the value of human life on both sides. A story such as this is clear indication that there can be cooperation for the greater good. I guess I'm just a naive optimist.

Jeff Tone said...

MJM: You're welcome. We need stories like these to boost a sense of optimism, especially now.