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Four Israelis inherit corneas of brothers killed in terror attack

“We wish the donors to see the world with goodness and joy, as our sweet Hallel and Yagel saw it,” said parents Esti and Shalom Yaniv.

Friends and family attend the funeral of the Yaniv brothers Hallel, 21, and Yagel, 19, at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Friends and family attend the funeral of the Yaniv brothers Hallel, 21, and Yagel, 19, at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

The corneas of two Israeli brothers killed in Samaria a week ago Sunday were transplanted into the eyes of four Israelis at Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tikvah on Wednesday.

“I’m so excited. I couldn’t have imagined. What a strong family. I’m so looking forward to meeting them already. Just to hug them,” said one of the recipients, Ziona Salzberg.

Ron Carmeli, another recipient, said: “When this terrible incident happened, I looked at the TV and saw their beautiful, big blue eyes. I never imagined even in my wildest dreams that I would be able to see again thanks to them. I appreciate them so much and this noble act.”

Esti and Shalom Yaniv, the brothers’ parents, said: “We were excited this morning to receive the news about Hallel and Yagel’s corneal transplants. We wish the donors to see the world with goodness and joy, as our sweet Hallel and Yagel saw it. The kind and beautiful eyes of Hallel and Yagel will continue to illuminate our world through [these] dear emissaries, and it fills us with satisfaction that even after their death they were able to do good to others.”

On Feb. 26, a terrorist opened fire on Hallel and Yagal Yaniv as they sat in traffic in the Arab village of Huwara in Samaria. They were evacuated to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The terrorist, identified by Palestinian media as Abdel Fattah Hussein Kharousha, 49, had been released from an Israeli jail only months earlier. He was killed by Israeli forces during an operation in Jenin on Tuesday.

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