It may be just a folklore tale from the 'web, but doesn't it ring true for you?
- A Question of Blood
The piece is entitled, "A Question of Blood," written by Dan Gordon, and it appeared in The Jewish Journal on May 29, 2002.
Dan Gordon is a former sergeant in the IDF, the author of five books, and a screen writer.
He was in Jenin on April 16, and was told a story by Dr. David Zangen, chief medical officer of the Israeli paratroop unit that bore the brunt of the fighting in Jenin.
Dr. Zangen said that the IDF not only worked to keep the Palestinian hospital opened, they offered the Palestinians blood for their wounded.
The Palestinians refused because it was Jewish blood!! The Israelis, who could not have been faulted for saying, "You don't like it, do without...," instead flew in 2,000 units of blood from Jordan via helicopters.
In addition, they saw to it that 40 units of blood from the Mukasad Hospital in East Jerusalem went to the hospital in Ramallah and that 70 units got to the hospital in Tul Karem.
And on top of that they facilitated the delivery of 1,800 units of anti-coagulants that had come from Morocco.
This information was later confirmed by Col. Arik Gordin (reserves) of the IDF Office of Military Spokesman, who supplied the exact number of units and the names of the hospitals to which they were delivered.
- Dan Gordon concludes thus:
"So the question to ponder is... how do you negotiate with a hatred so great that it will refuse to accept your blood, even to save its own people's lives?
- How does an international community vilify a nation that offers its own blood to its enemies, while its own soldiers lie dying, and that, when faced with race hatred that brands their blood unfit, diverts military flights to bring blood more suitable to the taste of those who would destroy them?"
Takes my breath away.
How about yours?
Please, don't be quiet about this story.
Share it far and wide
first rev. 09.30.2002