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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Israelis Sitting Shiva For Fogel Family Help Save Palestinian Baby

What a contrast to the brutal murder of the Fogel family, including their 3 month old baby daughter.

Via Ynet News:
After massacre, settlers help bring new life into world: IDF forces and local paramedics helped save the life of a Palestinian woman and her newly born infant Wednesday, at the settlement where Fogel relatives are sitting Shiva for the five Israelis brutally murdered last week.
Just as IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz arrived in Neve Tzuf to offer his condolences, a Palestinian cab raced towards the community's entrance. In it, soldiers and paramedics discovered a Palestinian woman in her 20s in advanced stages of labor and facing a life-threatening situation: The umbilical cord was wrapped around the young baby girl's neck, endangering both her and her mother.

The quick action of settler paramedics and IDF troops deployed in the area saved the mother's and baby's life, prompting great excitement and emotions at the site where residents are still mourning the brutal death of five local family members....
Gadi Amitun, who heads the Magen David Adom team at Neve Tzuf, said this was not the first time settlers assist Palestinians in distress. "They know we have a skilled medical team here, and in any case of accident or injury they arrive and we help them," he said.

The paramedic noted that on the day of the Fogel massacre, settlers saw fireworks and celebrations in nearby Palestinian communities, but added that the local medical team is committed to assisting anyone in need.

"Two years ago, we also made sure to treat a terrorist who attempted to place a bomb on the road and was shot by soldiers," he said.

Palestinians from the nearby village of Nabi Salah gathered around the paramedics along with the new grandmother and could not hide their joy.
Shiva is the week-long period of mourning.

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  1. this is also awesome:
    For now, the Fogel family is sitting Shiva, the hardest, most intense part of the mourning. People come to visit and usually, food is put out somewhere. Some people spend hours sitting and talking - and many try to encourage the family to eat something. You talk of the loved ones, you see pictures. People come and tell you stories you had never heard before about how special they were. Your heart breaks a thousand times, and then a thousand times more.

    Quietly, over the last few days, a man has been coming to the house bringing food and stocking the kitchen. His name is Rami Levy and he owns a chain of supermarkets. I've heard amazing stories about him in the past but this one beats all I have ever heard.

    Every day, Rami Levy comes by the shiva house to the Fogel family and fills the cupboards and refrigerator himself with food for the family and guests. Today, one of the relatives thanked him for this incredible kindness and his response brought me to tears,"You will get used to my face," he told this family in mourning, "I have committed myself that every week I will deliver food and stock your home until the youngest orphan turns 18 years old."

    The youngest orphan of this tragedy is a young 2 year old boy...

    What Rami Levy has done is commit to 16 years of kindness. If this was a week in which the Palestinians should be ashamed, and it was, than this is a week in which we Jews have the right to be so proud.

  2. Highlighting the difference between civilized and barbaric. May God bless these wonderful people who know the meaning of love and life.

    And, Foxfier, thank you for the inspirational report. Bless Mr. Levy.

  3. Two beautiful stories--the original post and foxfier's. I hope the local Palestinians take something away from this.

  4. I wonder how many of the Palestinians who could not hide their joy at the new addition to the family had been expressing joy at, shall we say, a subtraction from another family?

    Luke, the Palestinians won't take anything from this. Palestinians have been treated by Israeli doctors and in Israeli hospitals for decades and they haven't taken anything away from that. There was that case a few years ago...I always think of it when I read about the horrid, dehumanizing checkpoints...of a young woman from the Gaza area who was being treated at a hospital in Beersheba.

    From all reports she had received treatment that was both kind and effective. And when she was coming in for a follow up she was intercepted at a checkpoint carrying a bomb; this was her response to help.

    And that, I regret to say, is the sort of people they are.