The family of Scottish terror victim Yoni Jesner is "happy and delighted" that one of Yoni's kidneys went to an eight-year-old Arab girl, said Ari Jesner, Yoni's eldest brother, on behalf of the family yesterday.
"The principle of saving a life is one of the greatest principles and values of Judaism and one of the greatest principles and values on which the State of Israel is based," said Jesner, 26, at a press conference in Jerusalem.
"The fact that in this instance it was an Israeli Arab girl from East Jerusalem is of no consequence. Race, religion, culture, creed is not what's important here."
Jesner added that the family's role extends only to deciding to donate the organs and that they had no role in deciding who receives them. Yoni's second kidney and pancreas went to a 33-year-old diabetic man, his liver went to a 54-year-old man, and both his corneas were donated as well. Approximately 1,000 Israelis are waiting for organ donations.
The decision also reflects the life plans that Thursday's suicide bus bombing in Tel Aviv prevented Yoni from fulfilling. Yoni, who was spending a second year of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion, was planning on studying medicine in London next year and then practicing as a doctor in Israel. Here, "Arab and Jewish doctors work side by side," said Ari Jesner, "and nobody chooses the patients which they take care of."
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