MDA volunteer Naftali lost friends in terrorist attacks

HEROIC: Naftali Gross, his wife Tchiya and baby daughter Tzion with King David High School deputy headteacher October Wright and pupils

MAGEN David Adom volunteer Naftali Gross shared his experiences to King David High School pupils on Friday.

Naftali was born in 1989 in Long Island, New York, but was taken to live in Jerusalem when he was six months old.

He started volunteering with MDA at 15 during his high school studies.

During his 14 years of volunteering, he responded to many terrorist scenes where he lost several friends.

In 2009, Naftali was drafted to the 890 Battalion of the voluntary paratrooper unit and served as a sergeant commander.

Four years ago, Naftali, together with 70,000 reservist soldiers, was drafted to operation Protection Edge, arresting Hamas terrorists and ensuring the safety of Israel’s southern cities and villages.

He shared his stories as a medic and paratrooper in the Israel Defence Forces, confronting people with the difficult moral and ethical dilemmas a Jewish soldier has in the battlefield facing terrorist organisations.

Naftali is currently a sixth year student in the Hebrew University’s medical school, treating, as a doctor’s assistant and ambulance paramedic, all races and ethnicities in Jerusalem.

In his free time, Naftali enjoys hiking, biking and travelling.

His wife, Tchiya, and four-month-old daughter, Tzion, joined him on his trip, as they were travelling to Scotland for a week’s holiday.

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