Arab saves Jewish bomb Jewish victim

AP International - 04/23/2001

 Arab Visits Jewish Boy He Saved

| AP-NY-04-23-01 2045EDT by KEVIN WACK, Associated Press Writer KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) --

Michael Milman, a Jewish 14-year-old, lay bleeding on the street after an Arab suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Israelis. Moawiya Kabha, an Arab ambulance driver on duty nearby, rushed to the scene, gathered the unconscious bleeding boy in his arms and delivered him to the hospital emergency room Sunday -- just in the nick of time. ''The doctors said one more minute and he would have lost all his blood,'' said Kabha, 24. It wasn't even the first time he has saved a Jewish child.

Three weeks ago, he rescued a badly injured Israeli youngster after another Palestinian suicide bombing. On Monday, Milman's parents welcomed Kabha at the hospital where their son was recovering in the intensive care unit. ''We are all human and we have to treat each other with respect,'' Kabha said. ''There is no Jewish and Muslim. There are only people.'' An Israeli doctor, Mario Goldin, 53, was killed in the blast and 50 others wounded. Milman, who was nearest to the suicide attacker, was the only one seriously wounded. The Islamic extremist group Hamas took responsibility for the attack, identifying the bomber as an 18-year-old from the West Bank city of Nablus. Kabha, an Israeli Arab, lives in a village north of Tel Aviv. Arabs make up about one-sixth of Israel's population.