Arab Plumbers Refuse to Charge Holocaust Survivor for Work
The situation in Israel can sometimes be complicated with the tension between Jewish and Arab Israelis due to the political situation. But every so often a story comes out that shows the humanity of most of the people in this country.
This is one such story.
Two Arab Israeli plumbers, who are brothers, were fixing a major leak at an apartment in Haifa for Rosa Meir, who is 95. While one brother was working, the other started talking to Meir.
“When we got there, we saw there was a large blast of water and we started fixing it,” said Simon Matari. “At some stage, while working, my brother Salim started to talk to Rosa about her life. She told us she’s 95, a Holocaust survivor and that she has a daughter.
“Her life story touched my heart. At that moment, I decided I won’t take a cent from her.”
After the work was completed, he wrote up the receipt: “Holocaust survivor, may you have health until 120 [years old], from Matari Simon and Matari Salim.” He added the cost of the service: “0 shekels.”
Rosa was brought to tears, according to the report.
“The brothers really surprised me,” she said. “It was so moving and uplifting, and I thanked them a lot.” Simon Matari said they did it “from their hearts.”
They also promised her a lifetime free plumbing service.