New group of Bedouin women become EMTs in Israel’s Galilee

Haredi-run United Hatzalah trains seventeen Bedouin, including thirteen women, as first responders.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

One of the newly trained Bedouin women performs CPR on a mannequin
One of the newly trained Bedouin women performs CPR on a mannequin
Moshe Biton/United Hatzalah

A new team of 13 Bedouin women and four men from the Arab towns of Shibli and Umm al-Ghanam completed their training to become EMS first responders with United Hatzalah.

The group will respond to medical emergencies in their vicinity, volunteering as medical first responders in their hometowns and vicinity with the national EMS volunteer organization United Hatzalah.

“The new group of volunteers are very close-knit and very excited to learn these new skills and be able to provide EMS services in their communities,” said EMS instructor Samara Allah, the United Hatzalah instructor who taught the group of new EMTs. “The women in the group are especially excited as it allows them to help those in need around them, something which they all have a strong desire to do.”

United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer expressed his appreciation for the new volunteers.

“One of the main reasons why we felt that this project was important is because the women who make up the crux of this course often stay at home or work in their towns during the day, much more than the men do,” he said. “Thus, these new volunteers will be able to provide an emergency medical response in their towns during the daytime hours something which has been lacking thus far. They will provide EMS services in their own towns of Shibli and Umm al-Ghanam as well as the Arab and Jewish towns in the vicinity, including Kfar Tavor and Ein Dor.”

“We continue to work to increase the number of volunteers in the Galilee and Israel’s periphery, in an effort to reduce EMS response times across the area and especially in outlying Bedouin villages that often have long waits for ambulances. It is important to us to provide fast and professional emergency medical response to all of Israel’s citizens, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender.”

Two newly trained Bedouin women perform CPR o a mannequin
Moshe Biton/United Hatzalah



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