One year ago yesterday (Thursday), Amir Khoury laid down his life to save those of Jewish civilians in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv.
Bnei Brak this year will inaugurate 23 new streets (some renamed).
Twenty-two are naturally being named after rabbis.
One is being named after a Christian.
In this way, Bnei Brak, perhaps the most Orthodox Jewish municipality in Israel, is looking to honor Khoury, an Arab Christian from the Nazareth region who served proudly in the Israel Police.
On March 30, 2022, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on unsuspecting pedestrians in downtown Bnei Brak. Several were killed in the initial burst of fire.
Khoury and a fellow motorcycle officer were close and raced to the scene.
The Christian officer immediately engaged the terrorist, barely thinking of himself as he sought to protect the people of Israel from this vile threat.
Khoury managed to kill the terrorist, but was fatally wounded in the exchange of fire.
Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews attended Khoury’s funeral to pay their final respects to the Christian hero.
In Bnei Brak his name continues to be blessed, and remains a source of hope and encouragement.
Some in the Arabic-speaking Christian community were quick to point out at the time that “there are no Arab Christians, just Christians.”
This growing community has renounced what they call an imposed Arab identity, and instead reclaimed the ancient Aramean identity of their ancestors. After all, there were Christians in this land long before the Arab Muslim conquest.
These Christians, like Khoury, enthusiastically volunteer for national service, including combat service in the IDF, and view the Jewish people as their brothers.
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