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Why Are Israeli Jews Amazed Arabs Enlisted to Help at Mount Meron?

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05.05.2021

The Arabs in the north of Israel expressed shock and enlisted to assist the injured and the rescue services at Mount Meron. That was the essence of the radio report, I believe on Kan’s Reshet Bet channel, that I happened to hear.

The reporter sounded emotional, and it seemed as if he wanted to prove something. Arab drivers offered their help, Arabs were called on to donate blood, and Arab MKs Ahmad Tibi, Mansour Abbas and Ayman Odeh used social media to ask for help. Perhaps this was out of solidarity with a religious community harmed during a religious ritual, the reporter said, in an effort to explain the phenomenon. But during other disasters, too, he continued, Arabs enlisted to help. It happened during the Carmel Forest fire, and I think he mentioned another disaster in the north in which Palestinians who are Israeli citizens turned out to assist.

My first thought was that the report and the commentary that accompanied it were offensive. Why should Palestinians who live in the area not help the rescue efforts (assuming they don’t faint at the sight of blood or cries of pain), especially if they are employees or owners of private ambulance or bus companies? Why wouldn’t they be upset by the difficult sights, like anyone else? Are Palestinians not human beings who could also imagine in horror the slippery ramp, the unbearable crowding in the narrow........

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