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Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Kol hakavod, Christopher Reeve!

Superman Actor on solidarity visit to paralyzed Israeli victims of terror

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Superman actor Christopher Reeve is to arrive in Israel on July 28 for a solidarity visit with paralytics and victims of Palestinian attacks, the Israeli press reported.

The Hollywood icon is due to meet a young Ethiopian Jew who has been in a wheelchair since he was wounded in a suicide attack in May 2002 and with whom Reeve has been corresponding.

The last son of Krypton will tell attack survivors that "life doesn't end with a physical injury and that they can still live a full and interesting life," the Yediot Aharonot daily quoted him as telling Israeli officials preparing his visit.

The 50-year-old actor, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a fall from a horse and bucked the odds earlier this year by recovering some sensation in his body, is also expected to meet a scientist from the Weizman Institute, who is a leading expert on the central nervous system.