Amer Abu Sabeila, a 25-year-old Israeli Muslim from a Bedouin village, sacrificed his life to save two little girls, aged 3 and 6, from murderous Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7.
The fact that the children happened to be Jewish didn’t enter his mind.
Amer was born into a Bedouin family, living in Abu Talul, a small Bedouin village near Beersheva.
He was in the city of Sderot for work on Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists invaded the southern border communities near Gaza in a surprise attack on Israel – with some eventually reaching the city.
A young Israeli family, Odaya and Dolev Swisa and their two young daughters, came under fire by the terrorists near the entrance to Sderot.
The father Dolev was shot and killed, while Odaya tried to flee in her car but fell into a state of shock and was not able to function at that moment.
When Amer saw the car, he ran over to them, got into the driver's seat, and drove Odaya and the girls to where he thought would be the safest place – the Sderot Police Station.
Tragically, he didn’t know that by that point, the police station was already under attack by the terrorists.
Amer and Odaya were shot point-blank near the police station, while the children survived but only after witnessing their mother being murdered.
When Israeli security forces arrived at the police station a while later, they found the girls still cowering in the back seat of the car and brought them to safety.
“Amer was an amazing person. He really liked to help. He works in Sderot; he arrived in the morning and found the car with the father’s body at the entrance to the city and the mother was shocked so he went over to help,” Amer’s father Ali Abu Sabeila told the Maariv news outlet.
“He drove them towards the police station in Sderot, but he didn’t know what was waiting for him there. He was an amazing kid. It is very difficult.”
Amer leaves behind a wife and two children, aged 2 and 4.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.