The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lutheran doctor killed in Middle East

'Alleluias' replaced bombs and bullets at Jerusalem-area church

Harald Fischer, 68, a German physiotherapist and paramedic, was killed by Israeli rocket and machine gun fire Nov. 15 during 12 hours of Israeli raids on Beit Jala, near Jerusalem.

 "Sometime during the night we heard our neighbors, the Assaf family, cry out for help," Fischer's 17-year-old son, Daniel, told the Chicago Tribune. "Their house was hit and on fire. Dad ran out into the street. He made it only halfway to the Assafs. We couldn't even get any ambulance into the street. The Israelis were firing at it."

Fischer was the first Lutheran to be killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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