A medic was suspended on Sunday after he was filmed spitting on a picture of Jesus that was hanging in a building in the central city of Jaffa, where he had been sent to administer a coronavirus test.
In the footage, the worker from the Magen David Adom emergency service can be seen twice spitting on the pictures, which apparently included images of Jesus and Mary, before replacing his mask.
The incident occurred after the unidentified worker finished taking a sample from a resident and had removed his protective clothing. He was filmed on the building’s security cameras spitting on the sacred images as he waited for the elevator.
Coronavirus is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets.
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A tenant confronted the man over the incident.
“You spat on the pictures in front of my eyes on the camera,” the unidentified resident said. “You know we believe in this.”
The medic responded: “In Judaism it is idolatry.”
“But you are entering a private house,” said the tenant. “You enter my house, why did you do that?”
According to Channel 12 news, the incident took place in a residential building in Jaffa, one of a number of buildings that belong to a church in the city. All the residents are Christian and apparently include Supreme Court judge George Kara.
Magen David Adom (MDA) responded to the incident, saying that the worker had been suspended immediately and that the organization had reached out to leaders in the Christian community.
“This is a serious incident for which the employee was called in for clarification by management. It was made clear to the employee that he was not fit to wear the uniform of the organization and that he had no place in its ranks, and he was immediately suspended,” the statement read.
“MDA officials contacted the community representatives and expressed shock at the act. In MDA, Christians, Muslims, Druze and Jews, religious and secular, work side by side with endless devotion. As the national rescue organization, we will continue to work to save lives anywhere and at any time, while representing all religions and communities in the State of Israel.”