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      IMDA Remembers Fallen Paramedic Hero

      Amit Mann Z’L

      By Yishai Mizrahi                                  in memory of MDA paramedic Amit Mann z”l, who was   Alon Hazan, Ofir Haim, Maor Buzaglo, Stav Elimelech,
                                                         murdered by terrorists in Kibbutz Be’eri’s clinic on the black   Alon  Harazi,  Eviatar  Iluz,  Omer  Buxenbaum,  Shuli
      Dear Friends,                                      Saturday while saving lives. The tournament was attended   Giblard  and Yifat  Cohen. Against  MDA  soccer  team
         The last 3 months have                          by Israeli Soccer Union Chairman Shino Zuaretz, Maccabi   accompanied  by Amit’s  relatives,  Eyal  Golan, Yavne
      been very difficult, as on the                     Israel Chairman Ofir Pines-Paz, Maccabi Israel Director   mayor Roey Gabay, Aharon Itzikzon, Itzik Pe’er, Guy
      morning of October 7th,                            General Naor Galili, Yavne mayor Roey Gabay, relatives and   Bublil, Lior Levy, Deddy Chandaly, Yuval Shabtai, Roey
      we all awoke to the horrors                        friends of the Mann family, MDA Deputy Director General of   Shukrani, Ami Ivgy, Ariel Cohen, Avraham Mamo, Niro
      of the Hamas attack. As                            Management and Purchasing Tzvika Benedik, MDA senior   Ayash, Sa’ar Shai and Moshe Gabay.
      of the time of this writing,                       management, staff and volunteers. The tournament, held in      Liran Liyani and Itzik Cohen refereed the match, which
      1,400 Israelis killed, with                        Yavne’s Ralph Klein Sports Center, was initiated by MDA   began with lighting the Chanukah candles and singing
      hundreds more unidentified,                        volunteer Meir Levi, senior’s league manager in the Israeli   ‘HaTikva’, and the actor Bell Agam hosted the event.
      240 plus kidnapped, 129 still                      Soccer Union Adiv Sharabi, MDA EMT Michael Dor and   At halftime, a special ceremony was held where MDA
      remain in captivity. We all have been glued to the television   MDA Senior EMT Itzik Peer, in cooperation with Yavne   volunteers in Yavne received certificates of appreciation, and
      sets, watching, crying and listening, checking on our families   sports department manager Sha’ul David and his team.  after the match, which ended in a 5:4 Israel soccer national
      as this war unfolds. The heroes of Magen David Adom have                                             team seniors win, a ceremony took place in which the Mann
      been doing the same, working around the clock, and running                                           family gave out trophies and commemorative shields.
      towards danger in order to care for the injured. Magen David                                            Yavne mayor Roey Gabay commented “Our lives in this
      Adom alone has lost over 12 personnel in the line of duty                                            country are possible thanks to the heroes in the emergency
      working to save lives.                                                                               services and defense forces who risk their lives in the defense
                                                                                                           of our nation, in this war that was forced upon us. The story
                                                                                                           of Amit’s short life is one that expresses the dedication and
                                                                                                           love of this country, the dedication and altruism.”
                                                                                                              Rachel Mann, Amit’s mother, commented “Amit is a
                                                                                                           hero, and she and her fallen friends are today’s Maccabees
                                                                                                           who guard Am Israel, since we have no other place. My Amit
                                                                                                           could have run away from the inferno but she told everyone
                                                                                                           she will not abandon her role, we will keep your memory
                                                                                                           alive and take care of ourselves. We thank everyone who
                                                                                                           instigated this moving evening.”
                                                                                                              Maccabi Israel Chairman, Ofir Pines-Paz, commented
                                                                                                           “Dear Mann family, there are so many stories, painful
                                                                                                           and  moving,  and Amit  entered  our  hearts. We  tracked
                                                                                                           the situation all along that black Saturday. Amit had rare
      Ambulance Airlifted to Israel during the War                                                         courage, devotion and infinite dedication. I want to bless the
                                                                                                           instigators of this moving project. I want to thank Yavne city
         I wanted to share with you another incredible story   Rachel Mann at the tournament.              hall, the wonderful people in MDA, and the Israel soccer
      in the aftermath of these horrific events as we continue                                             players who thrilled everyone on the pitch. A prayer for the
      to honor one of our fallen emergency paramedics, Amit      Participating in the tournament were ex-members of   hostages – may we see them soon healthy in their homes with
      Mann Z’L.                                          the Israel national soccer team including Yossi Benayoun,
         During Hanukkah, a special soccer tournament was held   Baruch Dego, Moshe Sinai, Liran Shtrauber, Guy Luzon,   IMDA Remembers on page 5

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