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Saving an Arab Baby

Saving an Arab Baby

IDF paramedics save life of an Arab woman giving birth in settlement where Fogel relatives were sitting shiva.


IDF forces and local paramedics helped save the life of a Palestinian woman and her newly born infant Wednesday, at the settlement where Fogel relatives are sitting Shiva for the five Israelis brutally murdered last week.

Just as IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz arrived in Neve Tzuf to offer his condolences, a Palestinian cab raced towards the community's entrance. In it, soldiers and paramedics discovered a Palestinian woman in her 20s in advanced stages of labor and facing a life-threatening situation: The umbilical cord was wrapped around the young baby girl's neck, endangering both her and her mother.

The quick action of settler paramedics and IDF troops deployed in the area saved the mother's and baby's life, prompting great excitement and emotions at the site where residents are still mourning the brutal death of five local family members.

IDF Corporal Levin and
Palestinian baby, Jude

Corporal Haim Levin, 19, an IDF paramedic, was the first medical team member at the scene and recounted the dramatic situation he faced.

"When I arrived, I saw a woman covered by a blanket in a yellow Palestinian van. I moved closer and saw the baby's head and upper body," he told Ynet. "The umbilical cord was around the baby's neck; the baby was grey and didn't move."

"It felt amazing to hold girl in my arms, know we did something good."

"I first removed the cord from the neck and at the same time asked paramedics to prepare the baby resuscitation kit. I pinched her to see if she's responding, and she started to cry," he said. Paramedics also treated the mother, who was in good condition at that point, Levin said.

Paramedic: We treat everyone

Meanwhile, ambulance driver Orly Shlomo raced to the scene. "We joined the military paramedic and helped him cut off the umbilical cord…without the medical treatment, the fetus and woman faced genuine life danger," she told Ynet.

"It was touching, but I couldn't help but think that a few meters from there, people were sitting shiva for another baby, who was murdered," she said. "I was touched to see the face of the new baby, but I also thought about the face of the murdered baby."

Gadi Amitun, who heads the Magen David Adom team at Neve Tzuf, said this was not the first time settlers assist Palestinians in distress.

"They know we have a skilled medical team here, and in any case of accident or injury they arrive and we help them," he said.

The paramedic noted that on the day of the Fogel massacre, settlers saw fireworks and celebrations in nearby Palestinian communities, but added that the local medical team is committed to assisting anyone in need.

"Two years ago, we also made sure to treat a terrorist who attempted to place a bomb on the road and was shot by soldiers," he said.

Palestinians from the nearby village of Nabi Salah gathered around the paramedics along with the new grandmother and could not hide their joy.

"They thanked us and told us they named the girl Jude," Corporal Levin said. "I volunteered for Magen David Adom since age 15 and it's the first time I witnessed childbirth. It was an amazing feeling, to hold the girl that was just born in my arms, and to know that in this complex place we did something good."

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March 20, 2011

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Visitor Comments: 29

(21) Wassim, March 25, 2011 9:22 AM

Love overcomes Fear

@Judith, there's a small difference between a young woman with her umbilical cord wrapped around her baby's neck in the middle of labor on the back seat of a cab ... and a man placing a bomb on a road ... wouldn't you agree? I think it's a clear indication that humanity can prevail when there is no threat to security. With the changing political dynamics in the Middle East due to this so-called "Jasmine revolution", who knows how the newly empowered generation of Arabs will think about Israel, and how this will change over the coming decades. I'm afraid they've fallen in love with the idea of "universal rights", I mean even the Islamic Empire had similar dreams of grandeur. Now they want to vote, they want to influence policy... who knows, it might prompt some of them to start thinking for themselves. Their independent voice is just being awakened. In the next 2 decades you may see the acceptance of Israel's existence. I don't mean to imply that you *need* their acceptance, but it sure would help things along in the right direction, for everyone concerned. I urge you to keep an open mind and an open heart to the possibility that everything we want is on its way here, but the problem is that the change we're waiting for is intergenerational. At least some of them are now being given a little latitude to develop some independent thinking. Crowd behaviour is a huge problem in the Arab and Muslim world in general. Critical thinking becomes vulnerable when social acceptance is a priority, we know this from our teenagers, right? Shalom.

(20) Anonymous, March 24, 2011 9:21 PM

Has this news been sent to the International press - just in case they may condescend to publish it?

(19) Judith, March 24, 2011 1:12 AM

This is sick

"we also made sure to treat a terrorist who attempted to place a bomb on the road and was shot by soldiers," he said." Utterly sickening. When will we learn that "if you have compassion when you ought to be cruel, you will be cruel when you ought to have compassion"? A terrorist who tries to place a bomb on the road should be killed, not given medical treatment to undermine the work of our soldiers.

ladydi, November 21, 2011 7:00 PM

Yes Judith - you are so right. It is sickening. The fogel infant was innocent as this newborn baby.....but its innocence didnt stop the Arabs from decapitating her and her little brothers. Shame on them. May they rot in hell.

(18) Cathryn, March 23, 2011 3:00 AM

The meaning of the baby's name

I think it is probably very telling that the mother named her daughter 'Jude', which is a name with the same meaning as 'Judah', which is where the word 'Jew' comes from. Jude means 'praise'...

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