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Soldiers in the Bedouin reconnaissance battalion

Fallen Bedouin Soldier: 'Hamas Makes No Distinction Between Jew and Arab'

Sergeant First Class (res.) Ahmad Abu Latif, 26, from Rahat, is remembered as a man with endless pride for his service in an IDF Bedouin battalion, which gained renewed vigor after the October 7 massacre. He left behind his wife and one-year-old daughter.

He was among the twenty-one soldiers killed in the recent building collapse in southern Gaza. In a Facebook post, which went viral, he told Israeli media about his determination to fight Hamas. “I am proud to be an Israeli Bedouin. As far as I am concerned, the people that I live with and work with are my brothers and sisters, and we all live together and respect one another in our land.”

“Since the war broke out, we have heard much about the involvement of Arab civilians, and that the fallen include Bedouins, Druze, Muslims, and Christians, who died as heroes defending the state, and there is nothing greater than that,” he added.

“The Bedouin community mourns the civilians killed despite having done no wrong, Jews, Christians, or Muslims. I would like to take this chance to wake up everyone who read this - we are all part of the same destiny, and we all need to be together and united.”

“Unfortunately, there are those who do not believe in cooperation between races, and attempt to intimidate, incite, and destroy our relationships, our trust. Do not believe them, and do not let that happen. Gaza is completely different today. There are murderous terrorist organizations that make no distinction between Jew and Arab.” (INN / VFI News)

“My eyes have grown dim with grief; my whole frame is but a shadow.” - Job 17:7