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Israeli Medical Association: Doctors Must Treat the Worst Injury First, Including Terrorists

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) An appeal of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has led to a dramatic change in the guidelines of Israel’s Medical Association, imposed by its Ethics Bureau: from now on, medical teams must provide medical care to victims at the scene of a terrorist attack, including the terrorist perpetrators, according to the severity of their injury.

To date, EMTs were instructed to treat all the victims of an attack first, before the attacker, in line with the rule of “The poor of your city come first” (the rabbinic version of “charity begins at home”); but from now on, according to the dramatic resolution, reported by Israel Hayom, the medics must triage only according to the severity of the injury.

The IMA Ethics Bureau is the only entity in Israel in charge of setting the standards of medical ethics for all doctors and medical teams. Its instructions have a profound influence on all the emergency medical professionals, including paramedics, medics, nurses and administrators. However, the change in the existing triage procedure that was decided earlier this week was not publicized, but was merely entered in the guidelines published on the IMA website, for fear of “political and public criticism of the decision during the widespread wave of terror,” Israel Hayom reported.

The dramatic decision was made after a long discussion that took place at the Ethics Bureau last week, at the request of Physicians for Human Rights, a not-for-profit NGO whose stated view is that “Israel’s prolonged occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations. For this reason we oppose the occupation and endeavor to put an end to it. PHR-Israel stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights – the right to health particularly – in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.”

Between 2008-2014, the anti-Zionist New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $1,275,815 to PHR-Israel, according to NGO Monitor. The Israel PHR has received additional donations from the Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Diakonia (Sweden), Medico International (Germany), Bread for the World (Germany), the European Union, HEKS-EPER (Switzerland), Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and UNHCR. Its operating budget is assessed at between $1 and $2 million annually. It buys a lot of ethics.

PHR-Israel addressed the IMA Ethics Bureau, saying that the former directive seriously contradicts the principles of internationally accepted medical ethics and international humanitarian law. Chairman of the IMA Ethics Bureau, Dr. Tammy Karni, told Israel Hayom that the reason for changing the rule is that “doctors are not judges. The meaning of keeping the directive intact was to tell the doctor to investigate who is to blame and punish them by denying care. In a multiple-injury event it’s very easy to make mistakes in identification, and the treating physician clearly can’t do a precise identification of the victims. The doctor must be focused on saving the lives of as many people as possible. It isn’t decent to add to the doctor’s triage task criteria that are unrelated to the health of the casualties.”

The principle of “The poor of your city come first” at the scene of an attack was part of the guidelines of the Ethics Bureau that were written in 2008. The earlier directives were formulated by a group of doctors, including Prof. Pinchas Halpern, director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, and a leading expert in emergency medicine in Israel. According to Halpern, removing the former directive was a mistake, and instead there needed to be a hearing on the issue which in the end would specify the guiding principles for treatment of an enemy.

U.S. Leftist Refuses Treatment at Israeli Hospital after Car Accident

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

An unidentified American human rights activist whose vehicle overturned Sunday morning refused to be evacuated to an Israeli Hospital, TPS news agency reported.

The activist, who lives in Bir Zeit near Ramallah, must have shuddered at the thought of riding in a Jewish ambulance of the “occupation” that had been sent from the Nevei Tzuf community in Samaria.

Instead, he waited for a Palestinian Authority Red Crescent ambulance to take him to his preferred destination, a hospital in Ramallah.

Whether he likes it or not, initial aid was offered by Magen David medics.

He is lucky he did not lose consciousness, in which case he would have woken up in one of those Zionist hospitals.

 

Hatzolah Member Stabbed in Crown Heights, Bklyn – Motive Not Clear

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

A volunteer medic with the Hatzolah emergency medical response organization was knifed in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section on Tuesday evening. The attacker escaped.

David Katz, 34, was stabbed in the back by a man who sneaked up and ambushed him from behind at around 8:20 pm on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Rogers Avenue.

The masked stabber who fled the scene was described as a six-foot-tall black male. It is not yet clear whether the attack was racially or simply criminally motivated, or had some connection to the radical Islamist attacks taking place in Israel in the current wave of terror.

Katz radioed fellow Hatzolah members for help. Those who responded treated the injured victim for stab wounds to the upper right side of his back before evacuating him to Kings County Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Investigators from the NYPD Intelligence Division & Counter-terrorism Bureau are working on the attack with the Hate Crimes Task Force and are scrutinizing CCTV footage from the area.

Crown Heights is a mixed-ethnic integrated community comprised of Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic Jews, Carribean-American, African-American and Latin-American Jews.

British Tourist Dies During Anti-Israel Bicycle Trek

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

A 50-year-old man on a bicycle trek, organized by the anti-Israeli organization, MAP-UK, died as his group passed by the settlement of Karnei Shomron, on Monday.

The man had passed out a short time earlier, but reportedly, other members of his bicycling group told him he was OK to continue the bike trek.

After the man collapsed a second time on Highway 55 and they called for an ambulance, emergency medical teams from nearby Karnei Shomron and the IDF came out to save him.

Despite working on him for around an hour, the emergency crews were unable to save his life.

Israeli Ambulance Attacked in Hebron Hills

Monday, July 27th, 2015

A Magen David Adom ambulance was attacked Monday night as it traveled through the Hebron Hills in Judea, about an hour south of Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists hurled rocks at the Israeli emergency medical response vehicle as it traveled the road between the Jewish communities of Adorayim and Negohot.

No one in the vehicle was physically injured, but the ambulance was damaged in the attack.

Palestinian Authority Terrorist Fires on Jewish Ambulance in Samaria

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

A Palestinian Authority terrorist fired on a Magen David Adom ambulance near Beit El in Samaria Saturday night.

The ambulance sustained damage, but no one was injured.

The IDF is searching for the terrorist.

Last week, Druze in the Golan Heights ambushed an IDF ambulance that was carrying victims that were wounded in the civil war in Syria.

Attacking an ambulance is a war crime, but the United Nations is unlikely to pay any attention since it was not an Israeli Jew who attacked the vehicle.

American Tourist Dies in Tragedy at Masada

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

An American woman visiting Israel has died while touring Masada National Park. Her name has not yet been released for publication.

The young woman, in her twenties, fell to her death while hiking around the wind-swept mountain fortress, according to Magen David Adom paramedics.

“She was showing no signs of life and there were injuries across her body,” said paramedic Uri Tzachi, who spoke with The Jerusalem Post. Tzachi said he found the woman lying near the base of a cliff when he arrived on the scene.

Paramedics who pronounced her dead at the scene said the woman also showed signs of heat stroke, Tzachi added. MDA said it appeared the woman had fallen from a height of approximately eight meters (about 26 feet).

A heat wave throughout Israel was especially intense throughout the Dead Sea area. A thermometer in the MDA ambulance showed the temperature in the vehicle reading 118 degrees.

At least 25 teenage female tourists from the United States were also evacuated to hospital from the same area due to dehydration. It’s a common occurrence for those who are unused to dealing with the dry, hot desert conditions in southern Israel.

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