A Muslim Doctor’s Harrowing Experience: Saved by IDF
In a remarkable tale of bravery and unity, a Muslim doctor who selflessly volunteers with the United Hatzalah National Volunteer Organization found himself in a life-threatening situation. Dr. Abu Arar, while responding to emergency calls alongside Jewish colleagues, was captured by Hamas terrorists, as reported by Walla News.
“They shot at me until I prayed in Arabic, and they understood that I am Arab,” he said. “I started praying in Arabic, and suddenly I heard him say, ‘Stop, he’s an Arab.’ Fifteen terrorists came out of the trees, checked me, and wanted to confirm that I was an Arab. They asked me about Muhammad and the fatwa (Islamic religious ruling), and then they said, ‘We have a hostage, this way the IDF won’t assassinate us from the air.’ Then the most difficult moment began – they shot at every car that passed by the intersection, simply slaughtered them. I witnessed all of this for about two hours, while I was tied between the trees.”
The situation grew even more dire as one of the terrorists shot Dr. Abu Arar in the leg, ominously signaling that his next bullet would be fatal. Bleeding heavily and fearing for his life, the doctor prayed fervently for a miracle.
“I began to bleed quite heavily. During all this time, I prayed for a miracle. I was convinced that I was about to die. It lasted for about 45 seconds or so, and then a Yamam (Israeli counter-terrorism unit) force arrived at the scene. They eliminated the terrorists and rescued me alive. A paramedic put an artery tourniquet on my leg, and the ambulance that arrived took me to Soroka hospital, where I was treated and released a few hours later.”
Reflecting on the traumatic ordeal, Dr. Abu Arar expressed the profound impact it had on him.
“This was the worst experience of my life,” he concluded. “I dedicated my entire life to helping others and saving lives, both professionally as a doctor and in volunteering with United Hatzalah. I was forced, against my will, to witness the terrible massacre that took place in front of my eyes and I couldn’t do anything. It was horrifying. I have no words to describe it. Just terrible.”
How does Dr. Arar’s story challenge stereotypes and biases about Muslim extremism?
“Allahu Akbar,” hoping they would think I was a Muslim extremist and spare my life,” Dr. Arar recounted.
Dr. Arar’s story is a testament to the resilience and bravery of individuals who put the needs of others before their own, regardless of their religious or ethnic backgrounds. Amidst the ongoing conflict and tensions between Israel and Hamas, this incident highlights the power of unity in the face of adversity.
Dr. Arar’s dedication to saving lives knows no boundaries, as he actively serves both his Jewish and Arab communities through his work with United Hatzalah. This organization, composed of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian volunteers, provides emergency medical services to anyone in need. Together, they serve as a shining example of coexistence and mutual respect in a region often marked by division and conflict.
It is unfortunate that even in a time of crisis when lives are at stake, some individuals and groups are driven by intolerance and violence. Dr. Arar’s harrowing experience further exposes the dangers faced by individuals who strive for peace and harmony. It is important to acknowledge and appreciate those individuals like Dr. Arar, who risk their own safety to save the lives of others, regardless of their faith or cultural background.
The actions of Dr. Arar and his Jewish colleagues demonstrate the power of empathy and compassion. In the face of danger, they put their faith in humanity above religious differences. Their actions challenge the prevailing stereotypes and biases that fuel hatred and perpetuate conflicts.
The IDF’s role in Dr. Arar’s rescue underscores the significance of security forces in maintaining peace and safeguarding lives. The IDF’s commitment to protecting all citizens of Israel, regardless of their religious or ethnic backgrounds, serves as a reminder that unity and collaboration are essential in overcoming the challenges faced by society.
This incident serves as a call to action for individuals and communities worldwide. It highlights the importance of promoting understanding, tolerance, and respect among different faiths and cultures. The courage and selflessness displayed by Dr. Arar and his colleagues should inspire us to come together as a global community, contributing to a more peaceful and inclusive world.
In a world often plagued by division and conflict, stories like that of Dr. Arar provide a glimmer of hope. They remind us that individual acts of bravery and unity can transcend the boundaries of religion, culture, and ethnicity. Dr. Arar’s experience serves as a powerful reminder of the shared humanity that unites us all, and the profound impact that unity can have in the face of adversity.
As we navigate a complex and ever-changing world, it is crucial to remember the importance of standing together, supporting one another, and embracing diversity. By embracing these values, we can work towards a future where stories like that of Dr. Arar become more commonplace. Only through unity and understanding can we truly overcome the challenges that lie ahead.
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