Israeli Health Worker Suspended After Spitting on Christian Icons in Jaffa

Employee of Magen David Adom spat on pictures of Jesus after entering building to administer a COVID test, saying it was 'idol worship'

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Footage of the Magen David Adom employee in the building in Jaffa.
Footage of the Magen David Adom employee in the building in Jaffa.
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An employee of the Magen David Adom emergency services who came to a building in Jaffa to collect a sample for a coronavirus test was filmed spitting on Christian icons placed in the hallway.

suspended the Jewish worker, who said he did it because the symbols were “.”

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Security cameras showed that after the man collected the sample for the test, he took off his hazmat suit and changed his mask as required. He then spat twice at pictures of Jesus which were hanging on the wall.

One of the residents of the building who saw the act via security cameras confronted the employee as he got out of the elevator. At first the employee tried evading questions but eventually admitted he did it because Christianity was “idol worship.”

“I apologize, it is written in our Torah that we need to keep far away from idol worship,” he told the resident.

Magen David Adom called it a serious incident and said the employee was summoned by management. “It was made clear to the employee that he was not worthy of wearing the organization’s uniform and he had no place [in the organization] and was suspended immediately.”

Senior officials in the organization contacted a representative of the Christian community and expressed their shock.

“In Magen David Adom, Christians, Muslims, Druze and Jews, religious and non-religious, work alongside one another in limitless dedication," said a statement, adding that as the national rescue organization, [Magen David Adom] will continue to act to save lives everywhere and at any time with representation of all religions and communities in Israel,” said a statement 

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