Every day at 4 p.m., Youssef Ziadna receives a phone call from a psychologist. Every evening, he sits on his balcony drinking coffee, smoking, and replaying in his mind the worst things he has ever seen. [This] would have been unimaginable for Ziadna, a 47-year-old Bedouin Israeli resident of Rahat, just two weeks ago. A minibus driver, he filled his days ferrying passengers around Israel’s southern region.
But on Oct. 7, he was called to pick up one of his regular customers and raced headlong into Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel. He ended up rescuing 30 people, all Jewish Israelis, from [the Tribe of Nova music festival near Kibbutz Re’im], dodging bullets and veering off-road to bring them to safety.
“I would never wish on anyone to see what I saw,.. This is trauma for my whole life. When I sit alone and recollect, I can’t help the tears.”…
...at the same time, Ziadna is grieving a cousin who was murdered during the attack and worrying about four other family members who remain missing. He also received a threat from someone who claimed to be affiliated with Hamas, vowing retaliation for Ziadna’s efforts to save Jews after they were recounted in a local newspaper. And he is concerned that his fellow Bedouins, a minority that remains marginalized in many ways within Israeli society, are at risk given the lack of bomb shelters in Rahat….
...The hundreds of known hostages in Gaza include Bedouins...
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