There is another Hassan Nasrallah, and he is saving Israeli lives – not destroying them.
When most people hear the name Hassan Nasrallah, they think of the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist organization and respond negatively. They are reminded of a man who has the blood of many Israelis on his hands. While that man may live in infamy, the name is shared by another individual, an Israeli Arab who has chosen to dedicate his life to saving the lives of Israelis.
The Israeli Hassan Nasrallah, a 24-year-old from the Israeli-Arab town of Qalansuwa, serves as an EMT with United Hatzalah, a national volunteer EMS organization. He is part of the organization’s Arab Taibe chapter and provides emergency medical treatment to both Jews and Arabs who live in the area.
Nasrallah, who has been a volunteer EMT for the past five years, said that he grew up in a house that emphasized the importance of helping others, no matter who they are, where they are from, or what religion they believe in.
Nasrallah said that people do a “double-take” when they hear his name. “It sometimes makes people skip a beat, but afterwards they treat me like everyone else. When I go out to help people, it isn’t my name that makes a difference, it is the medical knowledge and equipment that I have been given by the organization that makes a difference. Jew or Arab, we are all the same when it comes to saving lives, and we work together.”
“I always tell people that it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are from, or even what your name is. What matters is how much you can do for others. The work that I am able to do as a volunteer EMT is what truly gives me a sense of meaning,” Nasrallah explained.
He thanked United Hatzalah for the opportunity “to volunteer with them and save lives.”
Nasrallah’s efforts were recently praised by the CEO of United Hatzalah, Moshe Teitelbaum, who said that” Nasrallah is doing life-saving work with our organization. His efforts, along with the efforts of every volunteer who leaves their daily routine to head out to save lives, is very much appreciated and applauded.”