Arab Paramedic to the Rescue

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 |  Aviel Schneider

When Palestinian youths threw stones at an Israeli car traveling in Samaria, 3-year-old Edel Biton was seriously injured, and her mother and two older sisters suffered moderate injuries. The first responder to arrive on the scene was Israeli Arab paramedic Muavia Kabaha.

Kabaha was also the first to arrive two years earlier when Palestinian terrorists broke into the Fogel family home as they slept in the settlement of Itamar, killing the parents and three of their six children, including a 4-year-old boy and 3-month-old infant. Kabaha, who has often heard chants of “Death to the Arabs!” at the scene of terrorist attacks, is caught between a rock and a hard place. “At these moments I am kind of split,” he says. “I help wherever I can. But I’m an Arab, and that’s just the way it is.”

Helping Jews wounded by his own people has taken its toll on this young professional. “I often cry at night when no one can see me.”

The full article appears in the latest edition of Israel Today Magazine.

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