An Arab paramedic who treated Israelis injured by Hamas militants is remembered as a hero

When Hamas unleashed its assault on hundreds of Jews attending a audio pageant in southern Israel previously this thirty day period, an Israeli Arab paramedic insisted on remaining at the scene to test to preserve lives.

In the end, he gave his have.

Awad Darawshe was 23, one, handsome — but he wasn’t at the Tribe of Nova festival to dance. He labored for Yossi Ambulances and was amid a crew of paramedics assigned to work the competition in a tent on the site’s periphery.

He was killed when Hamas militants slipped undetected into Israel from the Gaza Strip and butchered their way via the festival crowd and into nearby villages, settlements and kibbutzim.

Shortly right after dawn on Oct. 7, rockets pierced the skies. Grenades went off. Gunfire ricocheted everywhere you go. Hurt, bleeding revelers raced to the paramedics’ station. But the chaos promptly escalated. As the scope of the Hamas attack grew to become apparent, the station’s chief ordered the paramedics to evacuate.

Darawshe refused to leave. He was shot to death while bandaging a single of the wounded.

Days later, soon after his body was discovered, the surviving paramedics told Darawshe’s spouse and children why he had chosen to remain. He felt that, as an Arab, he could in some way mediate with the attackers.

“He reported, ‘No, I’m not leaving. I speak Arabic, I believe I can control,’” explained his cousin, Mohammad Darawshe, who spoke to The Involved Press by phone from his property in northern Israel.

That fateful selection has still left the Darawshe spouse and children reeling with sorrow, their only ease and comfort the bravery of Awad’s actions.

“He brought us a large amount of ache, he brought us a good deal of agony, he introduced us a lot of sorrow,” his cousin said. “But he also introduced us a great deal of pleasure — simply because he chose to stay with his mission until the final minute.”

A funeral was held Friday in Iksal, a compact Arab-greater part village about 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Nazareth. Several thousand mourners attended.

The Darawshe spouse and children has lived in Iksal for generations. They are aspect of Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority that would make up about 20% of the population. They are the descendants of Palestinians who stayed in the state right after the 1948 war bordering Israel’s generation. Not like Palestinians residing in the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza, they are whole citizens of Israel, but they face common discrimination. Tensions between them and Jewish Israelis flare repeatedly, especially in situations of war.

The festival assault still left at minimum 260 Israelis dead and an undetermined range had been taken hostage. In Saturday’s brutal assault by Hamas, extra than 1,300 Israelis were killed entirely, the worst massacre in the country’s heritage. Israel declared war on Hamas the subsequent working day. As of Sunday, the conflict has also still left additional than 2,300 Palestinians lifeless and the Center East on the precipice of a wider conflagration.

Darawshe’s dying was confirmed by the Israeli International Ministry in social media posts, which explained Hamas not only killed Darawshe but stole his ambulance and drove it to Gaza.

“A hero,” the Overseas Ministry explained of Darawshe. “May his memory be a blessing.”

Mohammad Darawshe is the director of technique at the Givat Haviva Centre for Shared Modern society, an firm that works to bridge the gap between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens — the ethos of the Darawshe family for which Awad produced the supreme sacrifice.

“We are incredibly proud of his steps,” Mohammad Darawshe claimed. “This is what we would anticipate from him and what we assume from every person in our household — to be human, to keep human and to die human.”


Sampson described from Atlanta.