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Hamas Prime Minister's Granddaughter Treated in Israel


The Rabbis say that to save a single life is to save an entire world. There aren’t many stories that come out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that give us reason to hope, but today carried a small one: the granddaughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was treated yesterday for a deadly disease in an Israeli hospital. The one-year-old child unfortunately couldn’t be saved; she was transferred back to Gaza in an incurable condition, but not before the story made waves over social media. The Times of Israel reports:

On Sunday, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, known as COGAT, received a phone call from the Palestinian Authority’s liaison office in Gaza requesting to admit the baby to an Israeli hospital, after her medical condition deteriorated. The baby was immediately transferred to Israel, accompanied by her maternal grandmother, and admitted to Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petah Tikva.

“She was brought into Israel, but returned to Gaza after her condition could not be stabilized. She is in critical condition,” Major Guy Inbar, a spokesman for COGAT, told The Times of Israel.

The news first broke when the child’s father, Prime Minister Haniyeh’s son, posted on his Facebook page, “Aamal was transferred into the Green Line (Israel) now. I pray that God cures her.” The post has since been removed, but photos of the child being visited by her father and grandfather can be seen here.

Aamal was treated at a hospital near Tel Aviv in a city called Petakh Tikva, one of the first settlements started by Jewish refugees who escaped pogroms in Czarist Russia in the late 19th-century. Today, the descendants of those refugees are also quietly treating dozens of injured refugees from the Syrian civil war.

Acts of kindness on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict will never dominate the headlines like stories of bloodshed or glitzy diplomatic initiatives, but they’re likely happening more often than you think.

[Image of Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petakh Tikva, Israel courtesy of Wikimedia]

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  • Petra Marquardt-Bigman

    “Acts of kindness on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict will never dominate the headlines…but they’re likely happening more often than you think.” Yeah, they are happening more often than many may think, but not really on “both sides” — no matter how fashionable and politically correct this kind of even-handedness is…

    But here is a story of an adorable boy from Gaza who is severely handicapped due to the Palestinian custom of family intermarriage, and who has spent much of his young life in an Israeli hospital because his parents don’t want him back. When Israeli TV reported on him, there were even offers to adopt him:

  • Corlyss

    Show us some Palestinian’s doing similar acts of kindness, then I’ll think this kindness stuff will get the conflict somewhere. There’s money behind the conflict so it’s going to take something more powerful than kindness and American presidents nattering about “peace” every time the latter get in trouble domestically to change the current situation.

    Petakh Tikva – one of a handful of cities that had a baseball team a few years ago when some wealthy baseball-loving Americans tried to bring the sport to Israel.

  • Fat_Man

    Name one act of kindness by the Palestinians.

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