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After attack, soldiers and Arab woman unite in peace dance

In spontaneous response to stabbing in downtown Jerusalem, Hawala Jaber from Umm al-Fahm vents her anger at ‘bullsh*t they do here to the Jews’

Umm al-Fahm woman Hawala Jaber (right) hugs and kisses a female IDF soldier a short time after a terror attack in Jerusalem on November 23, 2015. Jaber was earlier interviewed by Channel 2 and criticized the recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks. (screen capture: Channel 2)
Umm al-Fahm woman Hawala Jaber (right) hugs and kisses a female IDF soldier a short time after a terror attack in Jerusalem on November 23, 2015. Jaber was earlier interviewed by Channel 2 and criticized the recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks. (screen capture: Channel 2)

A Channel 2 reporter covering the Jerusalem stabbing attack on Monday afternoon stumbled on an unusual sight, even for unpredictable Jerusalem: An Arab woman dancing to a Hebrew song with several IDF soldiers, embracing them, and preaching coexistence.

Hawala Jaber, a resident of Umm al-Fahm in her 50s, has been working in Jewish homes for many years, said veteran Channel 2 reporter Moshe Nussbaum, calling the incident “one of the most surreal scenes I have seen.”

Jaber, who was passing close to the scene of Monday’s terror attack in Jerusalem when she broke out into dance, told the TV station she is “very angry at the bullshit they do here to the Jews.”

Two Palestinian girls, aged 14 and 16, stabbed a Palestinian man in his 70s with a pair of scissors, thinking he was an Israeli Jew.

The older Palestinian teenager was shot and killed at the scene, whereas her younger cousin was badly injured by the gunfire. An Israeli security guard, 27, was lightly injured by friendly fire at the site of the attack outside the Mahane Yehuda market on Jaffa Road.

Speaking Hebrew tinged with a heavy Arabic accent less than an hour after the attack, Jaber told Nussbaum: “We live here together, we are all flesh and we are all blood. Under the blood, there is no such thing, Arab or Jew. It is all nonsense, we all live together. In the Old City, you have Jews here and Arabs here and just a road between them. All our lives we live together.”

Jaber said the terrorists are “crazies, no brain. They must be giving them pills that make their heads turn,” drawing applause from Israeli civilians gathered around her.

As the Channel 2 crew continued filming, two young female soldiers who were nearby spontaneously burst into a traditional song. The lyrics: “The eternal nation is not afraid of the long road ahead.”

An Israeli man joined them and they started dancing in a circle; he then grabbed Jaber, who joined them in the dance. An ultra-Orthodox man and other shoppers looked on. In the footage, Jaber is also seen embracing and kissing the troops.

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