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Life Beyond Death
Produced by: Vera Frankl
Anne Khazam
" My son was dead, but six Israelis now have a part of a Palestinian in them, and maybe he is still alive in them" These are the words of the Palestinian father Ismail Khatib who donated his son Ahmed's organs to Israelis after the 12 year old was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while holding a toy gun. This remarkable gesture of humanity is not the first time victims of the conflict have given life to people on the other side of the Arab-Jewish divide. This year is the 5th anniversary of the death of Yoni Jesner, a 19 year old Jewish religious student murdered in the bombing of a Tel-Aviv bus. Part of his body went to save the life of a Palestinian girl from East Jerusalem. Presenter Vera Frankl of the BBC takes a closer look at the generosity and faith of these two families - the Jesners and the Khatibs - and we ask if a person can live on in some way through organ donation - here, in these two stories, part of a Jew alive in an Arab, and part of an Arab alive in a Jew.

Program Credits

Life Beyond Death was produced by Vera Frankl and Anne Khazam and was mixed by Jared Weissbrot.


Yoni Jesner Foundation
The Yoni Jesner Foundation has been set up in memory of Yoni Jesner, 19, of Glasgow, Scotland, who was killed in a suicide bombing on a bus in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 19th September 2002.

Funeral for bus death teenager
BBC article about the death of Yoni Jesner

Life and Hope Flow From Palestinian Boy's Death
In Peace Overture, Family Donates Organs to Israeli Patients

Palestinian's organs go to Israel
The parents of a Palestinian boy killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank have donated his organs for use in Israel, in the hope of promoting peace.

Body Shopping: The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood
by: Donna Dickenson 2009
Our tissues, genes, and organs are becoming are more valuable and profitable that once thought.

The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers
by: Scott Carney 2011

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