During a ceremony held at the Knesset on Tuesday to honor kidney donors, Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said, ”It broadens the heart to see so many good people in one hall; people who have made it possible for others to live; people who have profoundly chosen to live not only for themselves, but for others as well. It is hard to think of a nobler or more moving act than [kidney donation], and for this we thank you deeply.”
Health Minister Yakov Litzman, MK Yoav Ben-Tzur and Rabbi Yeshayahu Heber, Chairman of Matnat Chaim – Volunteers for Kidney Transplantation, also attended the ceremony along with many kidney donors and recipients. The event was initiated by MK Ben-Tzur.
Minister Litzman said ”It is a great honor to stand here among the donors. When someone donates from his body to someone else`s, it is not the same as donating money. It is something on a scale that is hard to measure. I hope this event will contribute to raising the general public`s awareness about the issue.”
MK Ben-Tzur said, ”The people here sacrificed an organ to save the life of someone they do not even know. Money is giving, but a kidney donation is a sacrifice.”
According to Matnat Chaim, so far more than 300 people have donated kidneys due to the organization`s efforts, and some 800 people in Israel are awaiting kidney transplants.
The Knesset plenum also discussed the issue during Tuesday`s session.