July 19, 2019
- Palestinian Penalized in PA for Rescuing Wounded Jews – Ruthie Blum
Three years ago, Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark, director of the Otniel Yeshiva, was shot and killed in a drive-by Palestinian terrorist attack while driving with his wife and two of his children in the South Hebron Hills. The car overturned and a Palestinian Authority civil servant from Hebron who happened by the scene of what he thought was a car accident rushed to assist the family. “There were children inside. There were people inside. I didn’t hesitate at all,” said “A.”
While “A” was tending to the Mark family, Palestinian drivers shouted at him to stop helping Jews, and threatened his life. The powers that be in the PA penalized him for rescuing wounded Jews and dismissed him from his job.
Israel Channel 12’s Ohad Hemo reported last week that “A” was treated to repeated death threats in the PA, where he is viewed as a traitor. He was given permission to reside in Israel temporarily, but with no means of supporting his wife and baby financially or of protecting them from the wrath of their hostile neighbors, “A” has been camping out in a tent on a Tel Aviv beach. “In one case, someone came to my house, shot at me and threw a firebomb,” he said. “The Palestinian Authority broke into my home and scared my family. If I return, I know that I will be executed.”
Following the broadcast, Israelis across the country contacted Hemo to offer help and donate cash. Tens of thousands of shekels as well as clothes and toys poured in. On Wednesday, Hemo reported that “A” is now reunited with his wife and son in an apartment in Samaria and his permanent-residency process is underway. (Jerusalem Post)