Monday, November 14, 2005

Jihad al-Khazen's blog

Jihad al-Khazen has started a blog (a few months ago, I am a little behind schedule here :). I must say that I have mixed feelings about this fellow. He often repeats himself, which is a little boring, but quite understandable given that it is not easy at all to write an opinion piece (for al-Hayat) on a daily basis and come up with something original every time. I also find him not critical enough of countries like Saudi Arabia. However, as a veteran journalist and astute observer, and as someone who knows very well both arab mentality and the workings of arab politics, and who has the courage to say a few things (about arabs and muslims) that many others in our region won't dare to discuss, he is someone whose articles, from time to time, will have some great insights and analysis. His blog is not as interactive as, say, Xavier Ternisien's was, but you may still want to have a look and leave him some feedback :)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Generosity

Organs of slain Palestinian boy donated to Israeli patients
By The Associated Press

The parents of a Palestinian boy shot to death by Israeli soldiers has donated his organs to three Israeli children waiting for transplants.

Ismail Khatib said the decision to donate his son Ahmed's organs was rooted in his memories of his brother, who died at age 24 while waiting for a liver transplant, and in his family's desire to help others regardless of their nationality.

"I don't mind seeing the organs in the body of an Israeli or a Palestinian," Khatib said. "In our religion, God allows us to give organs to another person and it doesn't matter who the person is."

Ahmed, 12, was shot by Israeli soldiers Thursday while they were conducting a raid in the West Bank town of Jenin. The soldiers said the boy was carrying a toy rifle and they mistook him for a militant.

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Karim says: I find it truely amazing that these parents have accepted to donate the organs of their son, who has been murdered by Israeli soldiers, to Israeli patients. Now, that's one very humane and magnanimous act of generosity. I am totally impressed.

If I might ask: suppose that you were in the same situation as one of these parents (God forbid), would you have acted in such a magnanimous way ? I personally am having a very hard time answering this question...

Friday, November 04, 2005

Eid Mubarak!

Here is a little Eid present to the readers of this blog... Click on this link to see it (you will need to have the Flash plug-in installed).

Eid Mubarak everybody!