An MDA team in action. (Meir Vaknin/Flash90) (Meir Vaknin/Flash90)
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Israelis helping Palestinians – you won’t hear about this from the mainstream media. 

By: United with Israel Staff

Israeli residents of the community of Efrat in Judea saved the life of a Palestinian who arrived at the front gate seeking emergency medical treatment.

A number of residents of the neighboring Palestinian village of Wadi Nis arrived at the southern gate of Efrat on Wednesday night while carrying a resident of the village who had fallen from the second-floor balcony of his home and was suffering from severe wounds to his face.

Security guards arrived at the gate, and an MDA medical team made up of Efrat residents provided on-site initial treatment before taking him for more advanced treatment at the emergency room located in the city.

As the dramatic event unfolded, many of Efrat’s residents gathered at the gate and offered their help, while IDF and security personnel helped manage the situation.

The wounded Palestinian was subsequently evacuated to a hospital.

Efrat municipality head Oded Revivi thanked the members of the security and rescue forces, adding that he was proud of the city’s residents for saving a life.

Not a Singular Event

This incident is by no means a unique instance of Israelis providing Palestinians with medical treatment. Israeli hospitals and medical teams have a long track record of treating Palestinian patients.

Israel and the IDF regularly offer medical services and expertise to Palestinian care providers and patients, in many cases free of charge.

In July 2015, the IDF established an entire reserves company with the sole mission of providing medical care and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population.

IDF medical teams and Israeli civilian emergency units in communities in Judea and Samaria regularly treat local Arabs, often after car accidents, for a broad array of ailments and injuries.

Walking to an IDF checkpoint or to the front gate of an Israeli community for medical treatment is common practice among Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority-administered territories. During some months, Israeli medics treat more Palestinians than Israelis.

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