Sometimes a flicker of hope appears in a sea of darkness. Last week, 5 yeshiva students took a wrong turn in Hebron on their way to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs. They were attacked, their car firebombed and were nearly torn apart by an enraged mob in the predominantly Palestinian city. Then, out of nowhere a miracle happened.
The group was whisked away by a local, who let them hide in his house until Israel security forces arrived to extract them.
The two injured ultra-Orthodox students were evacuated for medical treatment.
“I heard shouts outside, I left my house and saw the five Jews frantically leaving their car, which was attacked by stones,” Faiz Abu Hamadiah, 51, told the NRG news site. “They were very anxious, one was injured and bleeding from his face. I reassured down. I told them in Hebrew that it will be okay, I gave them water, and I helped the injured man.
For his act of decency and humanity, Hamadiah has been branded as a collaborator and is now facing threats to burn his house down and cut his head off.
“I was afraid… that men in ski masks would come and give us trouble. [But I knew I would defend them], even if it risked my life and the lives of my children,” Hamadiah said…
Hamadiah had initially dismissed concerns that he would be branded a “collaborator” by his neighbors. “I did the right thing,” he said on Thursday. “We need to live here together.”
Meanwhile, as a tiny flame is lit, a gale force wind blows at it from Europe. In Wales, during a lower league (minor league) soccer match between Wales and Israel…
The display, sponsored by the Israeli Embassy in Britain, was visible for one day before it was taken down. The Cardiff City Council, controlled by the Labour Party, which made the decision, explained that following “a complaint” it had reviewed the material and the exhibit was withdrawn.
…a photographic exhibition called “Low football-Jewish-Arab football: diversity and coexistence through lower-league football,” that was to be displayed ahead of the game at Cardiff’s Central Library. The exhibition was created by two Israelis who visited a number of football grounds in Israel to record the interaction of Jews and Christian and Muslim Arabs in games. Its photographs were intended to show how sport in Israel can overcome political differences.
Despite the fact that evidently Israeli football squads are roughly 20% Arab, which is proportional to the population, and that Arabs have been participating in Israeli professional sports for well over 40 years and…
The football club Cardiff City showed a different spirit by resisting calls to cancel a game on July 21, 2015 in the Netherlands with an Israeli team, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona, in spite of anti-Israeli demonstrations organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War Coalition. Again, there is a singular irony about this team in a town, two miles from the Lebanon and eighteen miles from Syria. It is managed by a well-known Arab player.
“This is my worldview,” he explained. “Either you are human, or you don’t do it and then you aren’t human.”