The presence of Jews, and especially Israeli soldiers, in the biblical city of Hebron is portrayed by the Palestinian leadership and the mainstream media as an obstacle to peace.
Both the soldiers and the settlers there are painted as aggressive racists who bear nothing but ill will for the Palestinian Arab residents of the city.
And yet, stories like the following are not uncommon, though they receive almost zero attention in the foreign press.
On Sunday night, Israeli soldiers manning a position at the Cave of the Patriarchs in central Hebron, a site holy to both Jews and Muslims, heard screaming from a nearby Palestinian house, reported the Israeli news portal 0404.
Rather than ignore the shouts for help and leave the Palestinians to their fate, the Israelis rushed over to provide whatever assistance they could.
Inside, the soldiers found a panicked family surrounding a 9-month-old baby who was unresponsive and not breathing. They immediately began administering CPR while calling for their unit's medic.
The Israeli army medic arrived and moved the child outside, where he continued life-saving treatment that resulted in the Palestinian boy regaining consciousness and breathing again.
This is not the kind of thing most people hear about Israeli soldiers. But, it is the way most Israeli soldiers behave toward Palestinian Arabs. Most Israeli soldiers prefer to preserve life, rather than take it, contrary to how the mainstream media portrays them.
PHOTO: Illustration. Israeli soldiers providing life-saving medical assistance to Palestinian Arabs is far more common than the media would have you believe. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)