A Palestinian Medic Rushed Toward a Hurt Protester. An Israeli Cop Shot Him at Close Range

Palestinian paramedics are often attacked by Israeli soldiers, who prevent them from fulfilling their duty during clashes. Mohammed Omar was beaten and arrested in 2018 – a year when three of his colleagues were shot to death in Gaza protests. Recently he too was hit by live fire

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Mohammed Omar, this week. Every few nights he gets an alert from the social networks or rescue services about an IDF incursion in his city of El Bireh or a nearby village.
Mohammed Omar, this week. Every few nights he gets an alert from the social networks or rescue services about an IDF incursion in his city of El Bireh or a nearby village.

Mohammed Omar is a friendly 29-year-old who managed to extricate himself from life in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah, where he grew up, and move to the adjacent city of El Bireh. He has only a primary-school education, makes a living selling coffee at a kiosk that he owns, and is currently engaged to be married. For the past eight years he has volunteered several times a week as a paramedic with local firefighters. Having no prospect of entering university, he has taken courses in first aid and firefighting, so that he can contribute his share to the community and be a better citizen. “There are those who donate money – I volunteer,” he says.

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