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Spanish Soccer Star Ramos Visits Baby Ramos, Orphaned Son of Israeli Officer Shot by Terrorists

Because you know you need a little bit of feel-good news today

by
Liel Leibovitz
October 11, 2017
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On Friday, July 14, 2017, Israeli Border Police First Sergeant Hail Stawi reported for duty. It was supposed to be his day off, but a buddy asked him to trade shifts, and Stawi was happy to help out. He left his wife and their three-week-old son in their home in the Druze village of Maghar and traveled to Jerusalem to begin his shift. Shortly after 7 a.m., shots were fired close to where Stawi was standing, on the Temple Mount. Instinctively, he ran towards the fire. The terrorists, three Israeli Arabs armed with rifles, planted themselves outside the Al Aqua mosque and fired again. Stawi was killed immediately, as was fellow officer Kaamil Snaan.

Stawi’s infant son, Ramos, will never know his father, but earlier this week he got to meet the man after whom he was named, Spanish soccer star Sergio Ramos, who the late officer admired. In Israel for a match against the national team as part of the World Cup qualifiers, the Spanish captain was contacted by Stawi’s family. Moved by their story, he decided to come and pay the littlest Ramos a visit. Here, in case you need a little shot of faith in mankind, are Ramos and Ramos, suggesting that maybe not all is lost:

Liel Leibovitz is editor at large for Tablet Magazine and a host of its weekly culture podcast Unorthodox and daily Talmud podcast Take One.