Presidential Residence Jerusalem, Israel – Oct. 2, 2019: Leaders of the Druze Veterans Association met today with the military liaison to the president of Israel Brig. Gen. Dr. Ala Abu Rukon at the presidential residence in Israel’s capital of Jerusalem and commemorated the memory of Border Police Cpl. Madhat Yusuf, 19, of Beit Jann, who died of gunshot wounds sustained in a gun battle with Palestinian security forces at Joseph’s Tomb in Shchem (Nablus) 19 years ago.
Joining BG Abu Rukon and the DVA leadership at the commemoration were DVA Int’l Friends Board Member Hezi Kalo, Director General Bank of Israel, and Koftan Halabi, Founder and CEO of the DVA.
Border Police Cpl. Madhat Yusuf, 19, of Beit Jann is one of 505 Israeli-Druze to have sacrificed their own lives in the battle for the safety and security of Israel and the Jewish people. We salute him! We salute them all!
The DVA will continue in its effort to help build a better economical, technological and academic future for all the Israeli-Druze men and women as they find their way after military and national service into the private sector economy and workplace.
About Border Police Cpl. Madhat Yusuf, 19, of Beit Jann
On Oct 1, 2000 Border Police Cpl. Madhat Yusuf, 19, of Beit Jann, died of gunshot wounds sustained in a gun battle with Palestinians at Joseph’s Tomb in Schchem (known in Arabic as Nablus).
Madhat died of wounds sustained during fierce fighting at Joseph’s Tomb between 12 Israeli defenders and dozens of rioting Palestinians attempting to take over the compound, which, under the agreements signed between the parties, was under Israeli sovereignty and jurisdiction. Madhat was wounded in the neck by a bullet at around 15:00 and died five hours later after Palestinian security forces supporting the rioters prevented his medical evacuation despite political, military and international involvement.
In repeated attempts to evacuate Madhat from the compound, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yitzhak Eitan spoke time and again with senior Palestinian security officials with a demand to halt the gunfire. Despite repeated promises – the halt never came. Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Shaul Mofaz arrived at a field headquarters set up nearby to supervise the operation, and the IDF warned it would enter the city if the Palestinians failed to comply.
Border Police Cpl. Madhat Yusuf was buried in the military section of the cemetery in the Druze village of Beit Jann, the largest military cemetery in the Israeli-Druze community.