Friday, October 22nd | 16 Heshvan 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Yousef Haddad


A Christian Arab citizen of Israel who was born in Haifa, Yousef Haddad made history when he volunteered for the Israeli Army at the age of 18. He was accepted into the elite Golani brigade. where he served and completed a commander’s course, receiving an award for excellence. During the 2006 war between the IDF and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Haddad was badly wounded by shards from an exploding missile, losing his leg and sustaining multiple wounds all over his body and face. Now 33, Haddad has undergone a major recovery in Israeli hospitals, and is even able to play soccer again. As a result, Haddad founded “Vouch for Each Other,” an NGO dedicated to showcasing what he calls “the beautiful sides of the State of Israel and the true situation of Israeli-Arabs.” His aim is be the “catalyst of change, bridging between the Arab sector of Israeli society with Israeli society as whole.” (Photo: courtesy)


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