Near Kiryat Arba, a Palestinian stabbed a 19–year–old Israeli Defense Forces soldier in the neck. Bystanders at the scene immediately dialed 1-0-1 for help. The soldier’s carotid artery was cut, an injury which is normally a death sentence. A Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulance arrived in minutes and begin treating the soldier and quickly evacuated him. The soldier was losing blood at an alarming rate. A second ambulance carrying pints of O+ blood was dispatched to meet the first ambulance as it raced to the hospital. When the ambulances met and transferred the blood, the paramedics began a transfusion in the moving ambulance as it continued on to the hospital—saving the soldier’s life.
2-year-old Adelle Bitton was riding in a car that crashed after being attacked by stone-throwing Palestinians. Adelle and her mother, Adva, were on their way home to the settlement of Yakir. The assault left Adelle with a severe head injury, unconscious and struggling to stay alive. Muawiya Qabha, a 14-year veteran paramedic who was not on duty that day, was nearby and rushed to the scene. He performed CPR on Adelle, and stabilized her until the ambulance arrived minutes later. The toddler survived. The irony was lost on no one—Qabha, an Israeli Arab, saved the life of a young Israeli settler, who was attacked by Arab terrorists. But for Qabha, saving a life is the only thing that matters. The question of whose life needed saving never played into his thinking. “I needed to be there because we are all in this together, Jewish and Arab,” Qabha says. “I received blessings from both communities after the incident.” Today, Adelle is still recovering. Adelle’s mother, Adva, talks to Qabha regularly to give him updates on her daughter. “He’s an angel. God sent him directly at the right time,” she said. “He saved my life indirectly because me and my daughter — we’re the same connection. If he saved her life, he saved my life.”