The Religious Jew From Israel And The Syrian Child

Ariyai Halevi xray tech

Syrians are taught that a religious Jew like this will eat them. The reality is somewhat different.

This status update was posted on Facebook by Ariyai Halevi who works as an X-Ray technician at a norther hospital.

There’s just so many elements of the inherent good in Israel and the revolting misconceptions about Israel and Jews that have been taught in the neighbouring countries for so many years.

So there’s a 12 year old girl from Syria in the pediatric ICU for some time. I had the opportunity to do several xrays on her. One night, I arrive and the security guard (a guard or soldier is posted by each Syrian patient) tells me that the father has been brought in by the Shabak to be with the daughter.

I walk up to the bed and the father greets me with a smile and a handshake. He then proceeds to speak to me in Arabic. Apparently, he’s never seen a religious jew before and with my head cover and beard assumed I was some sort of Muslim. When I didn’t respond fluently his smile turned into a puzzled look.

The guard (a druze who spoke arabic) brought him to the side so I could do my job. Believe it or not, I have a very good bedside manner, especially with kids.

After I was done, the guard came and told me that when he brought the guy to the side that he asked what I was with the getup and all. When he explained that I’m a very religious Jew and thats how we look, the dad got nervous.

However, when he saw how nicely and kindly I treated his kid, he started crying and said that he can’t believe that none of syria’s arab neighbors like lebanon or jordan will take them in but the religious Jew from Israel treats his kid like his own daughter. If only he would pass on his revelation to the rest of his country.

And did you notice the cameo appearance by the Druze (i.e. Arab Israeli) soldier guarding the child? So much apartheid failure, so little time to document it all.


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.

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