10 Muslims to Join Zaka

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zakaThe reflective vest is folded in the car, where they hope it will stay.  They also hope their radio will remain silent. But if it goes off on Shabbos or Yom Tov, Zaka, the organization that cares for human remains after disasters, will know that its Muslim colleagues are on their way to the bloody scene.

A group of 10 Negev Bedouin recently completed training to become Zaka volunteers, which means they arrive at the scenes of accidents or terror attacks prepared to take on tasks few are capable of handling.

“We’re not doing anybody any favors, we’re just fulfilling our mission as human beings,” said the group’s founder, Sheikh Akel al-Atrash.

Yehuda Lorber, the head of Zaka in the Negev, said the group was formed quickly. There is no difference between Jewish and Muslim religious attitudes toward treatment of the dead, he explained.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/Haaretz}

5 COMMENTS

  1. “There is no difference between Jewish and Muslim religious attitudes toward treatment of the dead”
    BUT there surely is a difference in attitudes towards the treatment of the living.

  2. Last week a Muslim doctor in Israel refused to treat a patient named Kahane! Better ask these new Muslim workers if they intend to check the names of the people before they administer help to them.

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