Family honour Shimon Peres cornea donation request as Israel prepares for state funeral


Shimon Peres's family have donated his corneas, at his request, to Israel's National Transplant Centre.

The statesman registered as an organ donor with the Centre when he was President, encouraging others to follow suit.

Robby Berman, of the Halachic Organ Donor Society, commented, "One cannot deny that Peres thought of other people, of Israelis in particular, and he did not let death stop him - he gave to the other even in death."

Israel, Mr Berman said, had "one of the worst organ donor registration rates in the Western world and that's because of a lot of misperceptions about Jewish law."

Mr Peres’s casket was brought to the Knesset in Jerusalem today, and will lie in state until 9pm. Continue reading
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