Christian Arab Officer Honored for Heroically Fighting Palestinian Terrorist

Amir Khoury managed to kill the Bnei Barak terrorist gunman, preventing even more deaths, but was himself shot dead

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Israeli Arabs, Arab Christians
Amir Khoury. Photo: Israel Police

Among the five people killed in Tuesday night’s terrorist shooting attack in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Barak was 32-year-old Amir Khoury, an Arab Christian who served as a police officer in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish town.

Khoury was one of two motorcycle response officers dispatched to confront the terrorist. They managed to quickly neutralize the shooter, but not before Khoury was hit in an exchange of fire.

Khoury was born and raised in Nof Hagalil, a mixed Jewish-Arab town on the outskirts of Nazareth. He leaves behind his parents and two sisters.

In a personal call to Amir’s father, Jaris Khoury, following the tragic incident, Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai said: “It is important for me to tell you that your son saved the lives of many civilians. His actions will become a legacy and memory of heroism for the whole country.”

The Jewish state’s praise for Khoury comes just days after a Church spokesman falsely claimed that Israel discriminates against and is trying to push out the local Christian population.

See: Church Spokesman Lies About Why Jerusalem’s Christian Population Shrank

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