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Israeli Officer Puts Her Feelings Aside to Help a Young Palestinian


Even though the teenager who needed medical care had just carried out an attack against an IDF soldier – and was then shot by the soldier in response – that didn’t stop Maya Stolero from carrying out her job and attending to the teen’s wounds. The teen had been shot right outside her Israeli police office, and she immediately knew she needed to help. Maya put her feelings aside, but this must have been difficult for her because she recently lost her father to a terror attack:

The teen, whom Palestinians later identified as 15-year-old Marah Bakir, is reportedly in stable condition in an Israeli hospital. The fact that Stolero helped save her life is another irony of living in a conflict zone where lives on both sides are closely intertwined.

“At that moment, I put my personal pain and views aside and drew on my training as a security official and on the values I was brought up with,” she said in an interview at her home in Maale Adumim, a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem, on Thursday.

For Stolero, a mother of three, Thursday was a difficult day. It was exactly 30 days since her father was buried, a traditional Jewish mourning day for the newly deceased. It was also the first court appearance for five Palestinian youths accused by Israel of pelting her father’s car with rocks, causing him to swerve across the road, hit an electrical pole and be fatally injured.

Tags: Inspiration , Crisis and Need

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