When Hamas began its massacre, 5-year-old Attallah Abu Madigam was with his father and older brothers in the greenhouse of an agricultural community on the Gaza border. Osama Abu Madigam, shouted at them that they were Arabs, but they called him more Jewish than the Jews and shot him to death.
Attallah and his four brothers ran for shelter with the help of their uncle, not before the young boy was wounded. This was just the beginning of Attallah's amazing story of how he survived the massacre.
"We were told to go towards Ofakim and there to join and reinforce the communities that were fighting the terrorists," commander of the Police Negev Desert force Magen, Chief Superintendent Ronen Halfon said.
Near the greenhouses, a man came out of the shelter calling to us, shouting that he was from Rahat and was sheltering with his 5 nephews after their father was murdered. We made him lie on the ground while we searched him and then saw the kids and the little boy was hurt. Faced with a dilemma, if we should rush to join the fight or be delayed. We saw motorcycles used by the terrorists, nearby and understood they were in the area. We called for an ambulance to evacuate the boy who was shot in the chest. He was in bad shape and the medic said he died a couple of times on the way to the hospital.
The fighting continued for days, but a tense silence settled down after a few days. Halfon finally had time to enquire after the boy. "You won't believe it," his uncle said. "An hour ago he opened his eyes. He is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva and is talking.' Halfon said he started to cry. "I lost a fighter, other fighters were injured, and I was moved to tears to know that we saved a life. "
Halfon, his soldiers and the Negev Region commander visited little Attallah. The boy kissed the policemen, and told him that he wanted to join the force when he grew up.