2016-08-31 / Mideast

Israeli man buys Palestinian new bike

An Israeli Jewish man bought a Palestinian girl a new bicycle after border guards took and broke hers.

Sami Jolles donated the pink bike, according to The Times of Israel. He told the news website the girl’s experience reminded him of when anti- Semites attacked his father in 1920s Europe and threw his bike in the river.

“I think that my father would be proud of me,” Jolles said.

Two Border Police officers in the West Bank city of Hebron were caught on film July 25 taking 8-year-old Anwar Burqan’s bicycle and putting it in nearby bushes. The bike was damaged beyond use, according to the girl’s family.

After reading about the incident, for which the border guards were suspended but not charged with a crime, Jolles said he decided to “close that circle” between Anwar and his father.

He contacted Israeli peace activists, who together with Palestinian activists delivered the bike, along with a “good lock,” to Anwar’s home, one of the Israeli activists, Lonny Baskin, told The Times of Israel.

“She’s a shy little girl, but she was so appreciative; her eyes were shining,” Baskin said. (JTA)

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