Monday, July 11, 2011

Heart of Jenin

Esmael Khatib, Ahmad's father from the Jenin refugee camp

I deeply moved when I watched a heart wrenching documentary Heart of Jenin on Wide Angle program a few days ago.

The "12-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Khatib was killed in the West Bank city of Jenin by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for the real thing, his death could have been just one more blip on the news. Instead, Ahmed’s parents’ decision to donate his organs turned tragedy into hope for six Israelis and created a rare moment of optimism amid the violence and entrenched hatred surrounding an intractable conflict.

In Heart of Jenin, WIDE ANGLE tells the story of Ahmed Khatib’s tragic death and his father Ismael Khatib’s journey to visit three of the organ recipients two years later."

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