Another Intensive, Life-Saving Sign of Coexistence

The first mobile intensive care unit to serve a Druze community in the Galilee

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Druze, Coexistence
Photo: Magen David Adom

Editor’s Note:
Among the non-Jewish minorities in Israel, the Druze people have displayed an unusual degree of integration and loyalty in the broader Israeli society. The Druze have their own religion but speak Arabic (and Hebrew). Their young men serve in the Israeli army. This summer the Druze town of Julis inaugurated its first mobile ICU with Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency services [the Israeli “Red Cross”]. Each step like this helps empower peaceful and honorable coexistence in Israel. As Israel Today has reported in the past, multi-ethnic cooperation around MDA and life-saving medical care is flourishing in Israel.

This summer a mobile intensive care unit (MICU) was dedicated at a special ceremony at the Magen David Adom station in Julis. The MICU will provide an advanced medical response to the residents of the local council and the surrounding areas and will help to improve the medical response provided by Magen David Adom to the many motorists on nearby highways. Until now, only a standard ambulance operated at the station. The MICU will help with complicated medical emergencies.

Over 130 employees and volunteers, of which about 70 are youth volunteers, staff the MDA station in Julis. Some 150 residents of the local council have been certified as Life Guardians, including doctors, nurses and residents of the surrounding towns. The station is characterized by unique humanitarian activities for the residents of the area, such as collecting and distributing food for Muslim holidays and assisting MDA blood donation drives days.

MDA volunteer Lubna Kwas is the daughter of the late Suleiman Kwas, a resident of Julis who was an ambulance driver killed in a car accident in 1984. She spoke on behalf of the family: “We have taken on the important task of training life-saving teams here in the locality, to continue Dad’s path. I stand here today and my head is raised thanks to the fact that I grew up on life-saving values in Dad’s way… ”

Inauguration ceremony of the mobile intensive care unit in Julis

The head of the Julis Council, Adv. Wissam Nabwani: “…I strengthen the hands of MDA and thank you for the endless assistance. More than 50 [adult] volunteers are available in the locality to provide life-saving services to MDA. We honor all the volunteers and employees, without whom this would not have happened.”

Owner of the Merkaza store chain Mounhal Hamoud, who donated the MICU: “I stand here today excited and happy. It is a great honor for me to be a part of this important initiative. I wish good luck to everyone and thank the partners wholeheartedly. We will continue to help all the residents of Julis.”

The spiritual leader of the Druze community, Sheikh Mowafaq Tarif: “Almost every day the residents need an MICU. The launch of the MICU is important and it will help the holy practice of helping others. MDA has long become synonymous with donating, giving and helping others – for all [citizens whether Jew, Druze or Arab] …”

The round of speeches was closed by Samir Hamoud, son of the MICU donor, who moved everyone present when he addressed his father in a personal and emotional tone: “We thank you for the privilege of experiencing such special moments with you, we all hope that the new intensive care unit will provide … the good news of saving lives…

 

Excerpts of press report from
Zaki Heller
MDA spokesman

 

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