Palestinian Hero and Family Granted Israeli Residency
Stand for Israel | August 7, 2019
While Palestinian terrorists (incited by Palestinian leadership) do create much violence and grief in Israel, stories like this one warm our hearts. In 2016, a terrorist attack left a beloved Israeli rabbi dead and his family severely wounded. The good Samaritan who came to the family’s rescue was a Palestinian. Now, JNS reports, three years later and after having lost his job and faced death threats from his fellow Palestinians because of his act of kindness, this hero and his family are at last Israeli citizens:
A Palestinian man who faced death threats after saving the lives of Israeli children following a terrorist attack which killed their rabbi father was awarded Israeli residency by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Tuesday.
The unnamed 28-year old man and his wife—who has a nursing degree—were traveling in the vicinity of their home near Hebron on July 1, 2016, when they encountered the overturned vehicle of Rabbi Miki Mark and his wife, Chava, which had gone off the road near Otniel after being sprayed with bullets in a terrorist attack.
Rabbi Mark was killed and Chava seriously wounded in the attack.
Despite tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the region, the couple immediately stopped and helped evacuate the couple’s trapped, injured and frightened teenage children from the car, assuring them that they were there to help and administering first aid, comforting and waiting with them until emergency medical services arrived.
“I took the boy and I hugged him. I gave him some water and applied iodine, and just kept telling him that everything was going to be OK,” the man said. “It doesn’t matter to me if it was an accident or a terror attack, it’s irrelevant. These are people, children, who need help, and if I can help, I will help them.”
“The girl told me, ‘God sent an Arab to help us,’” he added…