A bereaved and bewildered family in the Israeli village of Hadid sit in Shiva, mourning the loss of a man they say was wholeheartedly.
Yigal Yehoshua has been lynched. He was 56 years old, a wife and two children. He was one of six brothers from a close-knit family.
An Arab mob attacked him on his way to his home in Lod, one of Israel’s mixed towns where violence erupted last week.
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“He was a man of charity,” his brother, Efi Yehoshua, told Fox News. “Just because he had such a big heart, we said we would donate his organs. We were honored to do so. They will live because of him.”
Yigal was stoned and beaten, apparently just for being Jewish, in a community that became ugly overnight.
Severely beaten, Yigal somehow manages to get away from his attackers. He came all the way to his driveway, where he collapsed. Yigal never woke up and after several days in a coma he succumbed to the attack.
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But his family likes to think that Yigal lives in others. One of its organs is already helping someone: an Arab woman. Randa Oweis is 59 years old. She had been ill for nine years and had been expecting a kidney for seven years, on a very long list. It was her turn when Yigal died and by chance she got her kidney. He was transplanted Tuesday at Hadassah Hospital.
“I never believed I would take the kidney of a person who was killed in such a way, in such a criminal way,” Randa told Fox News from her hospital bed. “It hurts for the family. I feel like I am taking the kidney from someone who is like family to me. Now I have a family, a different family, a Jewish family.”
Randa has five children and can’t wait to get home and recover. She is grateful to a man she will never have the chance to thank. Like others there, she is tired of the fighting, the anger, the turmoil.
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She and Yigal’s brother both said they just wanted peace.
The riots that broke out last week in several of Israel’s mixed Arab-Jewish towns stunned many in Israel. It was a shocking first, they said. Arabs have long bristled over living conditions in Israel, where many call themselves second-class citizens. But many also say they have so far coexisted peacefully in mixed cities of Israel. The perfect storm of blockages and grievances and the explosion of tension that led to this latest war between Israel and Hamas has caused blood to boil in the streets of several cities. Property was damaged, people attacked, cars set on fire, hate speech thrown everywhere and people felt insecure for the first time in their lives. Residents whom reporters spoke to said it would take time to return to the status quo.
Yigal’s niece works as a doctor. She was working the night her uncle was killed. In fact, she was treating an Arab with a head wound after a fight with the police. She said the next call that arrived at the emergency dispatchers – she will find out later – was the call regarding Yigal.
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