Kenora Daily Miner and News | JonThompson
Khatib’s 11-year-old brother, Ahmed, was murdered by an Israeli soldier with a bullet to the head in 2005. He was pronounced dead at the hospital in the Israeli city of Haifa. Khatib’s father didn’t hesitate when the doctor asked if Ahmed’s organs could be donated to help people who needed them.
Ahmed’s organs saved the lives of five Israeli children. Even though the 60-year conflict in the Middle East long predates Khatib’s story, he saw no nationality among the children whose lives were saved by his brother’s death. He saw only children in need.
“This is a humanitarian thing,” he said through an interpreter outside of Kenora City Hall on Friday. “This has nothing to do with religion, politics and war. It was going to young people. They had nothing to do with this (his brother’s murder) and hopefully, when they grow up, they will live in peace.”