An Israeli ambulance employee was fired after being caught by a camera spitting pictures of Jesus while visiting a Christian home to be tested for COVID-19.
The paramedic was seen removing his protective clothing and then spitting on three pictures that were hanging in the common entrance to an apartment building in Jaffa, Tel Aviv.
When confronted with the matter, the medic claimed that the images were a form of paganism forbidden according to the Torah.
The Israeli ambulance service said it “strongly condemns” the medic’s actions.
She said that the MDA employee “is not worthy of representing the organization,” and that he was immediately fired.
The accident happened on Sunday when the paramedic went to the Christian-only building, according to media reports.
Security surveillance camera photos show that the employee removed his face and overalls before turning around and spitting three times on the pictures.
Then, he was seen putting the muzzle back and entering the elevator.
As he was leaving the building, he was confronted by a resident of the building who filmed the conversation between them on a mobile phone.
When the building resident asked him why he spat on the pictures, the employee replied: “In Judaism, this is considered idolatry.”
The video tape shows the resident of the building protesting against the paramedic saying to him, “I spat on my pictures, which we believe in, in front of my eyes and on the camera. Why did I do that?”
The medic replied: “In our book, the Torah, it is written, we should avoid as much as possible from idol worship.” Then the medic blamed the inhabitant for not wearing a mask.
The incident was reported to Magen David Adom, who questioned the paramedic, then fired him.
In a tweet to her on Twitter, the ambulance service said that it “strongly condemns” what happened, adding that it works with and employs individuals from all religions and segments of society.
It is reported that Israel suffers from one of the highest rates of Coronavirus infection in the world and is currently gradually emerging from the second national lockdown.