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The BBC's Orla Guerin
"Bitterness and hate put aside"
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Tuesday, 5 June, 2001, 20:03 GMT 21:03 UK
Palestinian donor saves Israeli lives
Igal Cohen
Igal Cohen wants to meet his donor's family
A Palestinian family has made an unusual gesture of goodwill in the midst of the bloody violence and deep mistrust between Arabs and Israelis.


This noble family comes and teaches us that it is possible to do things in a different way

Father of Israeli heart patient
The Djulani family donated the organs of their dead son to five people, four of them Israelis, for life-saving transplants.

Mazen Djulani died after being shot in the head in east Jerusalem last week. An Israeli Jew has already received his heart.

David Cohen, the father of one of the recipients, said he was "very surprised" by the gesture.

"It is really touching, especially in these days when relations are so tense. This noble family comes and teaches us that it is possible to do things in a different way," he said.

Igal Cohen told Maariv newspaper that he would like to meet Djulani's father and brothers.

"If this can help advance the peace, then I've contributed my part," he said.

First donation

Israel's national organ transplant co-ordinator said this was the first such donation since the wave of violence which began last September.

Lufti Djulani, the dead man's father, was quoted as saying he wanted to save lives, live in peace with the Israelis and be rid of Jewish settlements.

The family gave permission for the lungs, liver, kidney and pancreas of the dead 34-year-old to be donated to an Israeli organ bank.

"I donated the organs to save the lives of others, no matter if they were Jews, Christians or Muslims, even though my son was killed by a Jewish settler's bullet," he told The Associated Press news agency.

Jerusalem police dispute this version of the killing, saying it was a criminal act committed by another Palestinian.

Scuffles between police and mourners were reported at Djulani's funeral on Monday.

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