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]