Den drusiske gränspolisen Madhat Yusef
mördades 2000 när han försvarade Josefs
Grav, en av judendomens heligaste platser
i Shechem ("Nablus"), mot en arabisk mobb.
Igår anslöts sig hans bror Tarwat till samma
Staten Israels säkerhet.
The brother of a soldier whose death on October 1,
2000, is a painful chapter in the IDF's history, has
joined the military and has entered the ranks of
the Border Police, in which his late brother served.
Eleven years ago, Madhat Yusef, a Druze soldier,
was wounded when an Arab mob stormed Joseph's
Tomb in Shechem.
The IDF did not mount an operation to rescue him,
instead trusting assurances by the Palestinian
Authority (PA) that it would do so itself.
The PA did not assist him, however, and he bled to
death slowly, over the course of four hours.
Madhat's death is considered to be a stain in the
annals of the IDF, and as contradicting the ethos of
leaving no soldier behind on the battlefield.
He was one of the first casualties of the bloody terror
war that broke out in September 2000, which has come
to be known as the Oslo War or the Second Intifada.
Border Police Commander Maj.-Gen. Yoram Halevy
uncovered Tarwat's combat soldier's pin, newspaper
Yisrael Hayom reported. "My father Salman served
in the Border Police for 28 years," said Mahdi, Tarwat's
father, at the ceremony in which Tarwat was sworn in.
"The Border Police is our home. I am proud of my son
Tarwat who decided to continue in the path of my father
and Madhat, and to protect the security of the State of