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Man to cop who rescued son at Meron: ‘You saved my child, you saved the world’

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A man was reunited on Monday with the police officer who saved him and his son last week at Mount Meron when the officer paid a visit to their Bnei Brak home, where they were mourning a second son who was killed in the tragedy.

Avigdor Hayut told Rami Alwan that he wanted to thank him from the bottom of his heart for saving his child, paraphrasing the Talmudic phrase that “he who saves a life, saves the world.”

“Rami did not ask me what party I belong to, what stream [of Judaism] I belong to, or if I am a Bedouin or an Arab. Rami saved us,” said Hayut.

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“Anyone who saves a soul in Israel, it is as if they saved the whole world. Rami, you saved my child, and for me you saved the whole world,” he said. Rabbi Avigdor Hayut (C) and his son Shmuel (R) meet with police officer Rami Alwan (L) who saved their lives at Mount Meron, at their home in Bnei Brak, May 3, 2021 (Flash90)

Hayut recalled the moment amid all the chaos when Alwan found him and managed to rescue his son Shmuel.

“I was on the floor with all the mass of people who were on top of us. My son was to my right and my eldest son was a few meters from us,” Hayut said. “I saw Alwan and he shouted at me: ‘Give me a hand, I’m pulling you out.’ But I told him: ‘Save the boy.'”

Alwan said that the scene at the Meron disaster was difficult to describe and........

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