I treated knife at­tack vic­tims — but

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SANDY RASHTY

ILAN KLEIN’S job is hard — but his coun­try is strong. That was the mes­sageth­eMa­genDavidA­dom­para­medic gave in the wake of the terror at­tacks in Is­rael.

Mr Klein, who has worked with Is­rael’s lead­ing emer­gency ser­vice for 20 years, last week treated nine vic­tims of stab­bings in Jerusalem — as well as one ter­ror­ist who had car­ried out an at­tack.

He said: “I treated one fe­male ter­ror­ist in the Old City. When I was treat­ing her, she was quiet. She let me treat her.

“We have to try to sep­a­rate the sit­u­a­tion, and un­der­stand that we need to treat peo­ple who need it. Af­ter­wards, it’s very hard. I know she tried to kill a Jew — but in that sit­u­a­tion, you have to treat her like any­one else.”

Mr Klein also treated an Is­raeli po­lice­man and male civil­ian as well as other vic­tims.

He re­called: “I saved a life last week be­cause I stopped the bleed­ing. I put pres­sure on the back of a man’s neck, where he was stabbed by a ter­ror­ist. He’s now go­ing to be okay.

“It’s hard be­cause you know it could have been you. In one in­ci­dent, I was at the scene 10 min­utes be­fore the at­tack took place.

“But you un­der­stand that you are part of a war. You un­der­stand that you

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

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