In memory of fallen police officer, Israeli-Christians celebrate Jerusalem Day with hospitalized children

May 31, 2022 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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A group of Arab Christians and members of the Israel Police visited the oncological ward at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in honour of Jerusalem Day on Sunday for a special event held in memory of Officer Amir Khoury.

Khoury’s family and freinds at Hadassah Ein Kerem. (TPS)

Khoury, an Israeli-Christian police officer, 32, was killed in March while confronting a terrorist who was on a shooting rampage in the city of Bnei Brak. Khoury was the first to arrive at the scene of the deadly shooting attack in Bnei Brak in which five people were killed.

The group, members of the Jerusalemites’ Initiative which is active in bridging gaps between Arabic speaking Christians and Jerusalem’s Israeli society, arrived together with Koury’s family, his fiancée Shani, his brother Michael and his mother Samiya,  and police officers, to give gifs to the children hospitalized in the ward and celebrate with them on Jerusalem Day.

At the conclusion of the event, Elias Zarina, a member of the Jerusalemites’ Initiative, wished “only unity to this nation, together we are strong, and we have no other country.”

Khoury, an Arab-Christian policeman from Galilee, made a significant impact on Israeli society as a whole and is celebrated as a hero and role model, and the Ultra-Orthodox of Bnei Brak even decided to name a street after him.

“Khoury did not hesitate for a moment, stormed and stopped the terrorist’s brutal murderous campaign,” the city stated.

The Jerusalemite Initiative operates to empower Arabic-speaking Israeli Christians, of all denominations, who “are proud of belonging to Israel and support the full integration of Christians in the country.”

Explaining the rationale, Greek Orthodox priest Father Gabriel Nadaf said in 2014 that “in the Middle East today, there is one country where Christianity is not only not persecuted, but affectionately granted freedom of expression, freedom of worship and security. …It is Israel, the Jewish State. Israel is the only place where Christians in the Middle East are safe.”

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