Paramedic Awad Darawshe, 23, cousin of a leading figure in efforts to bridge gaps between Arabs and Jews, was murdered at the Supernova music festival close to the Gaza Strip on Saturday as he treated wounded party-goers.
Hamas terrorists targeted the rave on Saturday morning as they began their indiscriminate onslaught, opening fire on thousands of partygoers, most of them young adults, and murdering over 260 of them.
Darawshe was “near the site of the music festival massacre,” according to a Foreign Ministry post on LinkedIn, which said that his friends begged him to leave, but he insisted on staying to treat the wounded.
After he was murdered by Hamas, his ambulance was stolen and driven into the Gaza Strip, said the post. The Foreign Ministry called him “a hero” and wished for “his memory [to] be a blessing.”
Awad’s cousin Mohammad Darawshe is the Director of Strategy at the Givat Haviva Center for Shared Society and a previous Co-Executive Director at the Abraham Fund Initiatives.
بالرغم من الحزن والأسى الذي خيَّم على قريتنا اكسال بالأمس أثناء جنازة فقيدنا الغالي عوض موسى دراوشه، الا ان المشهد…
Photos and video clips from the party-turned-nightmare showed panicked crowds running through fields, cars pocked with bullets, and a road strewn with dead bodies.
By the end of the massacre, 260 people were murdered — some, survivors say, after being raped.
Others were captured by the attackers or wounded by the gunfire. Missiles rained down on the area throughout the attack.