Two paramedics in Israel, a Muslim and Jew, take a break to pray together. One prayed in the direction of Mecca, the other toward Jerusalem. A photograph of the moment garnered attention from around the world.
Two paramedics in Israel, a Muslim and Jew, take a break to pray together. One prayed in the direction of Mecca, the other toward Jerusalem. A photograph of the moment garnered attention from around the world.Jerusalem (CNN)There was barely any time to pause. Avraham Mintz and Zoher Abu Jama just finished responding to a call regarding a 41-year-old woman having respiratory problems in the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva. Before that, they were checking on a 77-year-old man. There would be more calls ahead. Of that, there was no doubt. As the clock neared six in the afternoon, Mintz and Abu Jama realized it may be their only break of the shift. The two members of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's emergency response service, paused to pray. Mintz, a religious Jew, stood facing Jerusalem, his white and black prayer shawl hanging off his shoulders. Abu Jama, an observant Muslim, knelt facing Mecca, his maroon and white prayer rug unfurled underneath him.Warnings over harm to Israel's 'democratic system' amid coronavirus crisisFor the two paramedics, who routinely work together two or three times a week, the joint prayer was nothing new. For so many others, it was an inspiring image in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.Read MoreA picture of the two men snapped by a co-worker quickly went viral, garnering thousands of likes on social media and appearing in international media coverage. One user responded on Instagram:"I'm proud of all of the rescue services, it doesn't matter from what community or religion." On Twitter, another user said:"One fight! One victory! Let's unite.""The fact that it is so simple makes it so powerful. I believe that Zoher and I and most of the world understand that we have to raise our heads and pray. That's all that's left," Mintz told CNN. A father of nine who lives in Be'er Sheva, the 42-year-old is a full-time MDA worker who trains volunteers. For the colleagues, the joint prayer was nothing new. For others, it was an inspiring image.Abu Jama, a father of seven from the nearby Bedouin city of Rahat, was one of those volunteers. He left his job as a driving instructor to help out as much as possible now."In terms of belief and personality we believe in the same things and we have something in common," the 39-year-old told CNN."I believe he is a person that gives and takes the feeling of honor and that is important."Across Israel, MDA teams have fielded 100,000 calls on peak days, more than 10 times their normal volume, according to Zaki Heller, a MDA spokesman.Israel is deploying spy technology to track the virus, prompting fears of privacy invasionIn addition to the normal work of paramedics and EMTs, MDA teams are responsible for getting coronavirus patients to hospital or to designated quarantine hotels, carrying out coronavirus tests, collecting blood donations and more. Earlier this month, they even staffed polling stations for those in self-quarantine.MDA Director General Eli Bin beamed with pride when talking about his team, comprised of 2,500 full-time employees and 25,000 volunteers."The people of MDA are facing the virus, looking it in the eye. The workers of MDA are working with their hands and their gloves and their masks," he told CNN."We are the heroes of Israel."If Mintz and Abu Jama see themselves as heroes, they certainly didn't let it show. They know their job, and they know their faith."Everyone is afraid of the virus," said Mintz."So are we, but we have the belief that everything is under the control of God, blessed be He. We both believe this." Abu Jama echoes his partner."I believe that God will help us and we will get through this. We should all pray to God to get us through this, and we will get through this world crisis."The two prayed for about 15 minutes. Then it was back into the ambulance. And back to work. Read more: CNN
People should start their own business like insurance company maybe big profit in coronavirus epidemic we all are the human race.. created by the same creator..live in the same planet No Kalashnikov, otherwise... Joke They can never pray together They dont serve the same God The only issue which divides semetic peoples are their respective religions .
❤️ Their picture move me so much! If they can work together, we can work together too. PLEASE WORK TOGETHER! We can get through this. Wonderful. These 2 people each deserve a special citations, one from each government Wonderful to see humanity at work. With this example there is hope for the future.If only people could follow this example.
Just love, not hate. 💖 Garnered attention? Must be really strange to see!
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They did help the people in Palestine too or it was another lockdown? 👏👏👏👏 Well, and we in the US can't come together during the crisis. What a shame! and then he pulled the vest That's why Israel is a great nation. This is a time that we all come together. So they both prayed to two fake things, to a fake god. Yay!
They have 16 kids between them? I’d pray too and I’m a non believer. Yes lets all pray together for we are one , One lovely family , one world , one world Cool. Now they just need the other millions of Arabs and Jews to do the same. Shouldn't be much of a problem.
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🌍🌎🌏... 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Great picture In Israel. The most peaceful people in the middle East. It’s not people it’s policy that causes conflict Real Men Men that's what it is all about...... 🙏🙏👍 Wow you did a nice story for a change. So why are they still fighting?... Nice👍 ! If there is any good Covid 19 has done it is giving us a sense of true humanity and unity. Hope we learn from this and get to love ourselves more in peace and unity, regardless of race or ethnicity we are one human race fighting a common enemy - covid19 ✌
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Who fucking cares Both Muslim and Jew have the same ancestor who is Abraham, his two sons created this two nations , nobody knows why fighting for thousands of years This is awesome. It touches my heart and gives a bit of light in these dark days. This should be on every leading news channel BBCWorld SBSNews abcnews markets AJENews foxandfriends
AlphaMind101 3- You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. AlphaMind101 4-God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
AlphaMind101 1- “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” hates off AlphaMind101 2- “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
That's an action what we should do. Pray together. It doesnt matter about our religion, it all about how we fight together and believe that we can pass this condition prayhours togetherwestand
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HN96901740 Why does marvel at the fact: Jews and Muslims actually get along and are productive members of a world community together. We are your doctors, your lawyers and produce all the movies you love but godforbid we should ever consider becoming President. This is antisemitism. Clearly shows that its a war of regimes and not of its people...
I wish people can understand it's humanity before religion or color of skin, the world will be a better place then. Sadly both of them are looking in the wrong direction. John 3:31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. Jesus is the only way.
Won’t last 🤔 May Allah bless them both n their families n loved ones. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Love it! Bravo! 👏 both same praying to the stone There I was hoping this pandemic would be the one to dispell the God myth. How can anyone believe it is beyond my thought process
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🙏🙏🙏 ...and that SHOULD BE normal, not even mentionable normal...like two men prayed... to whom, to what direction, IT DOES NOT MATTER normal... bc its just an everyday thing to do... Dajjal I wish covid-19 could be a defining moment for people to come together, delete the past and come together as humans..
Nonsense. Only jesus christ, in his second coming, will solve the jewish aran problem. This doesn't mean that Israel can murder Muslims!!! Where is the wall ? It is our selves two paramedics in lsrael, a Muslim and Jew, take a break to pray together. One prayed in the direction of Mecca, the other toward Jerusalem. One direction to pray for Mankind
if you don't know, muslims don't pray with shoes. and also we use something like a little rock to pray. what a muslim who pray with shoes!!!! Keep up the good work. Humanity first. More importantly, I can’t tell which one is a Jew and which one is a Muslim. We are all the same.
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Religious people are not sane. There is no positive news story to be squeezed out of a blatantly false view of reality. It doesn’t matter in which direction they prayed, there is only one God and their prayers will meet on high. And that is how it's done. Respecting each others beliefs. Understanding what makes us the same, not different. God bless you both
This news makes me feel like I’m actually living in the world right now iloveit thankyou israel palestine 💖💜🇮🇱🇵🇸 Let's hope this COVID tragedy reshapes mindset of occupier Israel and we will have to see Palestine an independent state soon. Muslims are only who believe upon the The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad SAWW the last prophet, no prophet after Him. In Israel and Europe who show the people as Muslims with them mostly Qadiani, non-Muslims.
They have 16 kids between them Muslim and other religions lived peacefully together until the cancerous tumor of Israel came! And Israel's destruction is near Gaza yeah for sure Cnn Great! lesson to all mankind, pray before doing anything then almighty God help us especially praying with brothers.
The invisible virus is bringing humanity back again! Like, finally. What's your point? Neither GOD does anything. Bacon sandwich for each of them on a great job.. They should pray towards China China saved the world Muslims are no less than virus May the blessings, peace & mercy of Allah be upon us (world population )! This is an exemplary action!!! Let we pray together all!
Wonderful😍🥰 I want to reply to the hot search just now. It was materials donated by Chinese and Chinese-funded enterprises in the United States, and Pompeii also said that it was 'assisting transportation', not materials donated by the U.S. government. If only Adam and Eve were Chinese, they could have eat that Snake from the Apple Tree in the Garden of Eden!
So, year after year why the public is dying? All the deaths, because of the LEADERS there? From pregnant women, kids till olds, are killed only for the sake of some people's power? Nice to see two human's smiling faces to the 'power n money greedy' people (so-called leaders). That's what I'm talking about! There's enough room in this world for everyone!
Only God can make this happen Their gods reside in different cities. Yeah,i.e.,all with God. Praying is essential for hope Doesn’t matter what your religion you were brought up to believe in Faith is positive and powerful
Bravo! Leading for peace by example. May this trend. Amen. If you believe that there can be coexistence between all the religion of the world if truly they claim they are for peace and there is only 1 God like and retweet Follow 🙏😂 One God ... wow Peace in the world! There is no change in feelings of happiness
Way to go, guys! John Lennon dream! Imagine! Viruses do not differentiate. It is nice to see that these people saving lives also do not differentiate Nice story 💕
Covid-19 uniting nations👍🏾 icashmir Such act doesn't make israel secular.. it is built on betrayal and blood of innocent Palestine people. This is just beautiful. I hope Trump doesn't take credit for it. RonnieFieg Man. No words. 🙏🏽 ❤️❤️❤️ The positive side of corona virus... it has melted down all barriers and buried differences...between all races and religions... the whole world is now united against their invisible enemy !! God bless all
Together we can make the world 🌍 better place 🙏🏾 LorieMeacham This is the norm in the West GOD is Love Jesus is Love one praying in the direction where Adams remains The other where Jesus was born. They know the Covid.19 does not look at religion, does not make a distinction of race, creed and skin color. We are all human beings who are born, grow and die. The human being is the one that has put the barriers in the heart. God, Allah, Jesus, bless you all. We are all one.
cummunity of shared future of mankind why don't report about the Holocaust IDF netanyahu is perpetrating against the people of Gaza as we speak. This is a good one, a good example. In the face of this virus war, we're all the same. God bless them We are in the same world. We medics don’t look at the world like most of you do. Every life is precious to us. These two honor our profession. ❤️❤️❤️💋💋💋
That’s how you do it. They have everything in common. But the Politician separates them Let love lead As far as aim concert I see two people working together for the benefit of a better 🌎 let’s put aside all differences and come together before it’s too late Beauty lies in Humanity.... not in religion.... which is faith we follow and pray to Almighty. Salute the Warriors.
Wow, world peace. But both share a love of smoking a dangerous amount of cigarettes daily. 🕊🥰 You can be enemies now .. Jesusbepraised 除了英美，没有人希望民族发生战争和屠杀 Incredible......🙏🏼 Neat. I sprinkled pixie dust. Beautiful. God bless them. Beautiful. Hopeful. Inspiring. Peace, Shalom, Salaam. ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻 The dawn of religious reconciliation
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This is such a heartwarming and inspirational story; it proves that peace and coexistence are possible! Sadly, there's currently only one country in the Middle East where a Muslim and a Jew can pray together, side by side, in peace: Israel. 🇮🇱 ✡♥☪ 🕊 Saving lives have nothing and everything to do with religion. We must forget our difference and fight together, because one said that exist in all cultures and religions is love.
Amazing, how the world should work! Excellent solidarity! What a beautiful thing!. This is a very difficult period for everyone but it can turn out to be something that makes us better than before This brought a tear to my eye. I wish everyone could everyone could live like this! In harmony! Love this🤣 All I saw were 2 human beings trying to save lives
GovHowardDean They look like brothers too This doesn't bring the palestinians rights back, does it? People are striving to have this so called co-existing and peace stretching over to reach every single palestinian.
I love to see this...thank you PTeach111 Thank you for being together in this crisis. If they can get along and accept each other’s different then the Middle East should be able to do the same. This demonstrates that we are all one regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or sexuality. May your God, that you pray to, Bless this World and it’s people.