Imagine arriving at the scene of an accident involving one of your family members to find them being treated by paramedics. What would you do:
A.) Pray that the Paramedics are able to help your family members
B.) Ask the Paramedics if there’s anything you can do
C.) Attack the Paramedics because you believe they’re responsible for the accident in the first place
If you chose “C” you might be deranged but you also might be a member of a certain Palestinian family.
An emergency medical crew narrowly escaped being lynched this week while responding on the scene of an injurious car accident near Jerusalem, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.
The fateful call came on Tuesday; a car carrying a group of Palestinian youths from east Jerusalem swerved off the road and hit a safety barrier near the village of Hizma.
Upon reaching on the scene the crew began treating two young women who were hurt in the crash. But their efforts were interrupted with the arrival of the victims’ family members, whose misguided attempts to defend the women quickly turned violent.
“Suddenly, a Volkswagen came to a screeching halt and three Arab youths emerged,” said S., a paramedic. “They started to curse and tried to discern who hurt the women.”
The crew’s account of the accident failed to pacify the enraged men, who upped the verbal attack.
“They started cursing the IDF, Magen David Adom and everything affiliated with the state,” S. said. “They called us ‘maniacs and f***ing Jews.’ We were shocked by how angry they were.”
Meanwhile, more Palestinians gathered around them. When some began hitting the ambulance, the paramedic took charge of protecting his crew mates – a female driver and a 16-year-old male volunteer.
“I told them to lock themselves in the ambulance while I remained outside to deal with the situation,” S. said, “The attackers cursed and pushed me. At one point more than ten people surrounded me and began punching me in the ribs and the head.”
In the words of Gold Meir…
“Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
Those words are a perfect fit for this story. That much hate needs one thing – a straightjacket.
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids