Film review: Kindness as vengeance in “Heart of Jenin” (IE)

090423-murphy Ismail Khatib in Heart of Jenin.
After his young son Ahmad was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the Jenin refugee camp in 2005, Ismail Khatib was propositioned by the Israeli doctor treating his son: would Ismail wish that his son Ahmad’s organs be donated to children (in Israel) who needed them? After some deliberation — including consulting his wife, the leader of an armed resistance group in the camp, as well as an Islamic authority — Ismail agreed to have his son’s organs donated.
Read The Rest Here (Electronic Intifada)
Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada, 23 April 2009


3 Responses so far »

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    What an incredible act of resistance, refusing to hate the people that killed your child, and helping those people even when they continue to hate you, when they still cling to their racism.

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    ivan said,

    what a philosophical and mythical way of responding to the enemies who hate you, it’s almost like an antic greek legend about gods and heros, that’s pure and total christianity, what jesus stand for – love you enemy like you love your closest ones! and it comes from a muslim! what a great man, what a lesson to mankind, great story!

  3. 3

    Catherine said,

    A sad story. A great man. No more to say…

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