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Palestinian men seen protecting Israeli policewoman from violence in viral photo are called “traitors”

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With Israeli-Palestinian tensions heightened following the tragic death of a Palestinian baby, two Palestinian men are facing criticism for protecting an Israeli police officer, captured in an image that has gone viral. The female officer was part of a team of Israeli soldiers that arrived after Israeli settlers tried to stop Palestinians from farming in the area. TheBlaze reported that Palestinians threw stones at the Israeli officers, who retaliated with tear gas. After the female officer appeared to be frightened by the violent outburst, two Palestinian men felt the need to protect her. One of the men was Zakaria Sadah, a field coordinator with Rabbis for Human Rights who said, “There are those who are writing against me in the Palestinian social media because we protected a policewoman, as if we’re traitors.” Sadah continued, saying, “I don’t care what people say or do. For me a person is a person. A life of a person is important. At the same time I protected both the policewoman and Palestinian lives. Both are important to me and I will continue my peace activism.”

Read the full story at TheBlaze.

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