Photo of Israeli medics, one Jewish and one Muslim, praying alongside each other triggers outpouring of thanks

One person wrote 'One fight! One victory! Let's unite!' after seeing the image



A photograph of two Israeli medics - one Muslim and one Jewish - praying during a break in their shift has 

Avraham Mintz and Zoher Abu Jama, who are both paramedics with the emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA) in the city of Be'er Sheva, stopped after attending to a 41-year-old woman with breathing problems, to pray, facing in opposite directions towards Jerusalem and Mecca.

A colleague took a photo of Mr Mintz in his prayer shawl and Mr Jama kneeling on his prayer mat that went viral. 

"I'm proud of all of the rescue services, it doesn't matter from what community or religion," wrote one person on Instagram.

On Twitter, someone wrote: "One fight! One victory! Let's unite."

Mr Mintz told CNN: "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."

The MDA, which has around 2,500 staff and 25,000 volunteers, has been fielding around 100,000 calls on peak days across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, ten times its usual number, a spokesperson said.

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