In a rare sight, Muslim and Jewish paramedics pause to pray together as they deal with coronavirus patients

Abu Jama, 39, a Muslim, knelt facing Mecca, with his prayer rug underneath him, and Mintz, 42, a religious Jew, stood facing Jerusalem.

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Jewish and Muslim paramedics in Israel prayed together in a rare moment of rest from dealing with the coronavirus patients. 

Avraham Mintz and Zoher Abu Jama had just responded to a call from a 41-year-old woman who was suffering from respiratory problems.

At 6 pm, the two members of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency response service, realized it might be their only break during their shift, and so they stopped to pray.  

Abu Jama, 39, a Muslim, knelt facing Mecca, with his prayer rug underneath him, and Mintz, 42, a religious Jew, stood facing Jerusalem.

A photo of the two men taken by a co-worker went viral and now has thousands of likes on social media. 

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Speaking to CNN, Mintz said, “The fact that it is so simple makes it so powerful. I believe that Zoher, I, and most of the world realize that we have to raise our heads and pray. That’s all that’s left.”

However, Abu Jama told the source, “When it comes to belief and personality, we believe in the same things, and we have something in common.”

The two men prayed for about 15 minutes before getting back into the ambulance and going back to work.  

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