A Jewish couple rushing to the delivery room at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus this past Shabbat were viciously attacked by Palestinian Arabs.
Eliyahu Shtiebel told Channel 14 News that as his wife went into labor, they rushed from their home in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem to Mount Scopus in the north of the city. But a wrong turn put them in the Arab neighborhood of Isawiya, where Jews are not tolerated.
“After driving a short distance, I realized that I didn’t know how to get out of the area, so I opened a window to ask, ‘How do I get to Mt Scopus from here?'” Shtiebel recalled. “Immediately, a bottle was thrown at me. When we started moving toward the exit, a shower of stones, glass bottles and fireworks rained down. It was indescribable evil.”
Shtiebel said it was clear to anyone with two eyes that his wife was pregnant. But it was also clear that she was Jewish (the Shtiebals are Orthodox Jews), and so the Arabs attacked.
“After that, a 16-year-old boy came and opened my door violently, grabbed my head and tried to pull me out of the car – all while punching me in the face,” he continued. “Thank God nothing happened to me.”
Shtiebel lamented that on what was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, the young couple was instead nearly lynched.
After finally arriving at the hospital, the wife was rushed to the delivery room, while Eliyahu had to first be treated in the emergency room, rather than accompany her.
In remarks to The Jewish Voice, Shtiebel said the truly absurd thing was that in the maternity ward some of the other patients were Arabs from Isawiya, some of whom mockingly smiled when he told them what had happened. “How could we be sure that something wouldn’t happen right there inside the hospital? It’s just crazy,” he said.
But in the end, Shtiebel gave thanks to God, noting that not only were he and his wife miraculously saved, but that the story ended with the birth of a healthy baby boy.
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