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Israeli-Druze Security Chief Recalls Adam Terror Attack: ‘It Hurts Me’

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Israeli security forces at the entrance to Adam, July 26, 2018. Photo: Hadas Parush / Flash90.

The Israeli-Druze security chief of the settlement of Adam in the West Bank recounted his pain over the murder of Yotam Ovadia, who was killed last Thursday by a Palestinian terrorist who had jumped the community’s fence.

Asked by Makor Rishon for his thoughts about the incident, Ali Hussein, who has served as Adam’s head of security since 2005, touched his stomach and said, “It hurts me here.”

“People here know me,” he continued. “I live with them. They know I run toward everything, every event. And suddenly it happened. It isn’t easy to lose a resident. Someone who you know his family, children, his father. My entire team feels this way, not good.”

Hussein’s family lives in the north of Israel and he says, “I have two families — the people of Adam and my family in the north.”

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He originally came to Adam while working with a private security firm in 2002. “I looked at the community and I connected to it quickly,” he stated.

“We were afraid something like this would happen,” he said of the terror attack. “We train for this scenario. We aren’t afraid, but we are vigilant.”

Hussein described the incident, saying, “The guard at the gate called me, and I heard him yell that three Bedouins who lived outside the gate said they saw someone jump the fence and enter the settlement. I rushed there and talked to the Bedouins. … They pointed out the direction the terrorist went. I informed headquarters that there was a suspicion of an infiltration.”

“When I got in the car,” he recounted, “a resident caught me on the telephone and said, ‘There’s a terrorist here.’ I arrived at the street and saw that the terrorist had already been neutralized by the residents. I asked how many wounded there were, I saw Yotam and ran to him. I gave him first aid and called Magen David Adom to come quickly.”

Asked what he thought about the terrorist, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy, Hussein said, “In my eyes, this is someone who bit the hand that fed him, because they give a living to hundreds of Palestinian workers in this community. The relations with them are very good, and in the end there’s a Palestinian attack. I don’t understand their minds.”

“The relations here are so good,” he stated, “that there were arguments between me and Arab workers, and the residents took the side of the workers. A few years ago, there was a major accident outside the community and some Palestinian children were killed. The chairman of the community printed out a mourning sign and hung it out for everyone to see. I don’t get it, why do they do this? The Jews and the Druze, we’re in the same boat against them.”

Asked whether he would like to live in Adam, Hussein replied, “Yes. Of course. My children were with me two weeks ago for a few days. But my wife works in Carmiel and my mother lives in the north, so it won’t happen. There are several Druze residents here. Two of my nephews live here.”

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