Zoher Abu Jama and Avraham Mintz are two paramedics whose focus has swiftly turned to helping patients suffering from the Coronavirus. They’re both partners, working together for the Magen David Adom (MDA) — Israel’s emergency response service. Abu Jama is Muslim and Mintz is Jewish, and multiple times a day, they stop what they’re doing and pray. Abu Jama faces Mecca and Mintz looks to Jerusalem.
A co-worker snapped a photo of the two men in prayer (pictured) and it quickly went viral. One poster wrote on Instagram: “I’m proud of all of the rescue services, it doesn’t matter from what community or religion.” On Twitter, another said: “One fight! One victory! Let’s unite.”
Abu Jama, who’s a father of seven and hails from the Bedouin city of Rahat, concurs with his fans, speaking highly of his partner. “In terms of belief and personality we believe in the same things and we have something in common… I believe he is a person that gives and takes the feeling of honor and that is important.”