Testimony Num : 197

In retrospect it turned out that the fainting was just a ruse

at that moment I did not care whether she is the wife of a terrorist or not, she is a person and it was my job to take care of her. I pulled out my medical equipment, gave her water and measured her pulse, even though I felt that my life was at risk.א

It was near the end of my military service, after a terror attack in bus No.19 in Jerusalem. A suicide bomber got on the bus and blew himself up, leaving dozens injured and 11 dead, Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. After a few days the IDF Intelligence traced the head of the terror squad who was from Bethlehem. My unit’s mission was to capture him. The operation itself was very complex and dangerous. We arrived the terrorist’s house by surprise around noon and entered inside. In one of the rooms we found the terrorist’s wife along with the grandmother and his three children. The wife was pregnant and when she saw us she fainted, or at least that was what we thought.

 

I was the team’s medic and at that moment I did not care whether she is the wife of a terrorist or not, she is a person and it was my job to take care of her. I pulled out my medical equipment, gave her water and measured her pulse, even though I felt that my life was at risk. The assumption was that there might be more people with the terrorist since senior terrorists like him are never alone.

 

In retrospect it turned out that the fainting was just a ruse. The terrorist’s wife simply wanted to create a commotion in order to alert her husband about the raid. At first, she talked and screamed, then suddenly became silent. Since I was only a medic and not a physician I wanted a doctor to examine her just to be 100% sure she is ok. We called our doctor and in the meanwhile conducted a search inside the house, later we learned that it had a double wall inside. It all happened very fast, the terrorist came out from the double wall and opened fire. Several of my teammates were hurt and me as well. I took one bullet to the eye that came out from the back of my head and one bullet to the chest that hurt my spine.

 

I am lucky to be alive. Had I have not called the doctor of fear to the terrorist wife’s life, who pretended to faint, I do not know if I would have survived. What saved me eventually was that doctor who was called for the impersonator and ended up taking care of me. Within 20 minutes I arrived at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem in critical condition and until this day I am paralyzed from the chest down.