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July 9, 2015 10:45 am

IDF Sets Up New Medical Unit Exclusively to Help Palestinians

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IDF soldiers treating a Palestinian man. Photo: wiki commons.

IDF soldiers treating a Palestinian man. Photo: wiki commons.

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserve company was recently assigned to exclusively provide humanitarian care and medical assistance to Palestinians. The company is comprised of medics and nurses, who are able to function like a civilian hospital staff.

Captain (Res.) Dr. Yishai Lev, the deputy commander of the company, explained that the idea for the unit came from IDF soldiers themselves. “The idea of adapting the unit actually came from our soldiers who recognized the need for it in the field,” explained Captain Dr. Lev. “This medical care stems from our commitment to the Jewish and modern value of human rights.”

The IDF captain further emphasized that when people are injured, they deserve treatment regardless of their race and nationality.

“We felt that medical care was needed for the entire population in times of need. Now, we provide first class care in a variety of situations: during and after riots, operations and even natural disasters,” elaborated Captain Dr. Lev on the IDF’s blog.

Furthermore, Palestinian patients are also offered an interpreter – and if additional care is required, patients can be sent for further medical treatment in Israeli hospitals.

The IDF company also works with Palestinian medical institutions in order to help setup and develop Palestinian medical infrastructure. “When people are in need of care, we can’t afford to be indifferent,” commented Captain Dr. Lev.

“My soldiers leave their families, children and jobs behind not just because they are obligated to carry out their reserve duty, but because they deeply understand the importance of fulfilling their mission and are happy to do so,” he further pointed out.

IDF paramedics and the Magen David Adom ambulance service regularly team up with Palestinian police and the Red Crescent to save Palestinians injured in traffic or work accidents or medical situations in Judea and Samaria.

In one case, an IDF doctor saved the life of a Palestinian baby in April 2014, when a Palestinian mother brought her one-month-old baby from the village of Beitin located northeast of Ramallah to a checkpoint. “The division headquarters received many phone calls from the villagers of Beitin who expressed their gratitude,” said the IDF doctor at the time of the incident, Sec. Lt. Ben Tzanani.




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  • Someone should remind everyone that the PA receives international funding from foreign donors which is promptly stolen by the PA and Abbas-

    this money could have been used to build PA hospitals. Instead it is used to wage war against Israel. So, I ask: Why should Israel taxpayers bear this burden- this is illogical

  • Deb L

    Noble sentiments from IDF and whose tax money do they propose to use to take care of our enemies- EU donors or Israeli taxpayers? Spokeman explains humanity ok but doesn’t explain why the Israeli tax payers and Israeli conscript soldiers should be paying for this with time or money.

    PA steals donor money , diverts it from hospitals and spends it on anti-Semitic propaganda. Hold donors to PA accountable!

  • Bat Levi

    Perfect opportunity o chastise PA donors for wasted money-where are their hospitals built with billions of foreign aid donations ?

  • deborah Fay

    Why should we treat our enemies with kindness –abusdity and stupidity will kill us all

  • Lenore Wachtel

    Good news!! Needs to be publicized!!

  • What Arab country would even think of doing a humanitarian service that Israel is doing? I wonder what UNHRC commission will say to that?

  • Sarah Olsen

    Long live Israel and her IDF! There is no country in the whole world that does what Israel is doing. To create a medical unit exclusevly for Palestinians!!!!!! Amazing!!!
    IDF is the most humane army in the world. They surely do what Adonai commanded to do. From Proverbs 24:17,18 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles:Lest the Lord see it and be displeased,and turn away His anger from him”.
    Proverbs 25:21,22 “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; and when he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you”.
    May IDF be blessed!

    • Lenore Wachtel

      Terrific commentqry!!

  • Reform School

    Palestinian forces offer similar surgical services to Jews, Christians, Kurds and others suffering severe headaches.

  • art frank

    Why on earth on they helping these arabs? They are the eternal enemy of the Jewish people. It’s like helping nazis. These people hate Jews. Crazy to provide them with any assistance. Each one is a potential murderer.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    The Arabs hate Jews and Israel and this new unit is a way of showing how nice the Jews are so please don’t hate us.

    STOP. It has never worked when the Jews were weak and it won’t work with the Jews being strong.

    Stop being nice to a people who hate you and let them die rather than help them.

  • Midrash Tehillim for Tehillim chapter 7, Paragraph 14 of 14 (last paragraph of chapter):

    Whoever grants mercy to the cruel, will eventually inflict cruelty on the merciful.

    מדרש תהלים מזמור ז
    שכל המרחם על אכזרי, סופו להתאכזר על הרחמנים