From my buddy Doris Wise Montrose:
A truly convoluted vision of coexistence. How touching. The savages and the victims of those savages get treated together. This is why the world is the way the world is today.
Meet the Jewish doctor who saves Palestinian attackers and the Muslim doctor who saves Jewish victims
From left, Ahmed Eid, head of surgery, and Elchanan Fried, head of the Intensive Care Unit, at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem on Thursday. (David Vaaknin/For The Washington Post)
By William Booth and Ruth Eglash October 26
JERUSALEM — This isn’t really a good-news story. This is a sad story about a special place where Jews and Arabs come together to heal the broken bodies of victims and their attackers, some of them children.
The staff call them “Bert and Ernie” or “Fried and Eid.”
Ahmed Eid, 65, is a Muslim from the Galilee village of Dabburiya. Elchanan Fried, 41, is a Jew from Petah Tikva in central Israel. They both live in West Jerusalem.
Eid wears green scrubs and a scrub cap. Fried wears green scrubs and a knitted kippa, or skullcap. Eid is the head of surgery at Hadassah University Hospital in Mount Scopus. Fried is head of the intensive-care unit. They both keep glancing at the time on their smartphones. They are on call.
[Israelis kill at least 4 Palestinians after reported knife attacks]
For the past month — during a wave of Palestinian attacks on Jews and harsh Israeli responses, including shoot-to-kill countermeasures — the two have worked side by side.
On Oct. 12, two Palestinian cousins, ages 13 and 15, from East Jerusalem stabbed a 13-year-old Jewish kid on his bicycle outside a candy store. They also wounded a 21-year-old Jewish Israeli man.
The 13-year-old victim, whose name is being withheld at his parents’ request, arrived at the hospital in terrible shape.
“No blood pressure. Pulse was 40. Ventilated at the scene,” said Eid, who rushed into surgery and began to work on his patient.
“More dead than alive,” said Fried, who came to assist.
So did a Palestinian anesthesiologist from the West Bank, who worked alongside Muslim, Christian, ultra-Orthodox Jewish and secular doctors and nurses, some from Israel, some from the Jewish settlements, others from Palestinian towns.
When the patient was stabilized, Eid went briefly to the waiting room to speak with the patient’s father.
Eid told him: “Listen, your son is still alive. It’s going to be okay.” Eid noticed the father was a religious Jew.
“I told him my name is Ahmed Eid, I’m director of surgery. Then I made a joke, I guess. I said, ‘An Ahmed stabbed your son, and an Ahmed is going to save your son.’ ”
Both doctors said they never ask whether the patient who comes through the door is a victim or an assailant.
“We don’t ask who you are. We treat the terrorist the same as we treat the victim,” Eid said.