Adele Biton, 3, critically injured in a stoning attack on her family car near Ariel in the West Bank, most likely would not have survived without the quick aid she received from a Magen David Adom paramedic who rushed to the scene. Monday her family decided to thank him by making him the guest of honor at their Mimouna celebration.
“I had been to Mimouna before, but this was the most emotional celebration ever,” said paramedic Muawiya Qabha.
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Hundreds of people celebrated Mimouna on Monday in the settlement of Yakir, but Qabha was the special guest. Aharon Cohen, who blessed him, said, “We dedicate this event to the recovery of Adele, and to Muawiya, who saved her, and who we hope will save many more lives.”
Paramedic Muawiya Qabha honored in Yakir (Photo: Gur Dotan)
Qabha was the recipient of many blessings – including one from the deputy commander of the IDF's Judea and Samaria Division and from the head of the Shomron Regional Council, who both attended the celebration.
In keeping with tradition, Qabha was honored with mufletas. “I may be an Arab, but because of the holiday I also was without hametz. I waited an entire week to taste these (the mufletas).” After the celebration in Yakir, he continued onto the Schneider Children's Medical Center, to visit the parents of Adele.
Adele remains in critical condition with a severe head injury, but Sunday she showed small improvements.
In addition to Qabha, honored guests, including the country’s leading politicians, were present at Mimouna celebrations nationwide: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was hosted at the Or Akiva Cultural Center, and former Knesset speaker Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin and other Likud-Beiteinu members celebrated in Ashkelon.
PM Netanyahu, wife Sara in Or Akiva (Photo: Avisag She'ar Yeshuv)
Deputy Welfare Minister Mickey Levy was hosted at the home of the deputy mayor of Rehovot.
The city of Rehovot organized a celebration at Founders' Park, which was attended by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni celebrated in Netivot, together with Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett.
Boaz Fyler and Neri Brenner contributed to this report.
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