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Updated: Building Collapses in Tel Aviv – Multiple Injured [video]

Monday, September 5th, 2016

A parking lot structure collapsed on Nehoshet Street at the corner of Habarzel street in Tel Aviv, in the Ramat Hachayal neighborhood, on Monday morning just before 11:30 AM.

Dozens of people have been trapped and injured.

The 4-level underground parking lot was under construction at the time. There is speculation that a crane on top of the structure may have caused the collapse.

As of 1:30 PM, it is known that 3 of the floors collapsed, and rescue workers haven’t yet been able to reach the 4th level.

Moshe Levy, a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah reported from the scene: “When I arrived I found numerous hurt individuals who were conscious and who extricated themselves from the area of the collapse under their own power. It appeared to me that the roof of a parking garage had collapsed in the building site. While members of our ambucycle unit who arrived first on scene were treating the injured, reports came in of other people who were unaccounted for and likely still trapped inside. Firefighters and rescue teams are working to extricate them. At this time the wounded we are treating are suffering from minor injuries and are all fully conscious.”

According to MDA, 18 people have been treated and sent to the hospital with injuries. Among them: 1 seriously injured worker who was sent to Ichalov hospital, 1 moderately injured person who also sent to Ichalov hospital, and 16 lightly wounded people who were sent to Ichalov, Tel HaShomer and Wolfson hospitals.

Four of the people were rescued from under the rubble. Two of them guided the rescue teams to their position. The rest were found above ground.

9 people are still missing. 7 workers are known to be trapped under the rubble.

Rescue forces have established communications with 2 people trapped under the rubble.


Photos below the videos.

Tel Aviv Building CollapseThe building that collapsed. Photo: Eitan Elcharaz / TPS

Tel Aviv Building CollapseThe roof of the garage that collapsed. Photo: United Hatzalah

Tel Aviv Building Collapse
Rescue teams at work. Photo by Kobi Richter / TPS

Building collapse in Tel Aviv
Rescue teams at work. Photo by Kobi Richter / TPS

Building collapse in Tel AvivThe rescue staging area. Photo: Eitan Elcharaz / TPS

Building collapse in Tel Aviv
Rescue workers inside the collapsed structure. Photo by United Hatzalah

Building collapse in Tel Aviv
IDF Rescue unit on site / IDF Spokesperson

Jewish Press News Briefs

Knesset Committee Convenes to Prepare for Lag B’Omer Mt. Meron Fire Festival

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The Knesset Public Petitions Committee headed by MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) convened Wednesday to evaluate preparations for the big pilgrimage to Mt. Meron next week. At a March committee meeting on the same topic, concerns were raised about the lack of cooperation among the organizers, and the lack of funds, lights, roads, parking places, and benches, to name but a few problems. Last night the committee convened again to receive answers and summarize the preparations for Lag B’Omer in Meron. The CEO of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the CEO of the National Center for the development of holy places, police officials, representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Hatzalah volunteers attended.

Committee chairman Eichler opened the meeting, saying, “This year the hearings were extremely optimistic. Unlike previous years, when everyone complained and threw the responsibility on the shoulders of others, this year we received written responses and constant updates of the performance in the field. Concerns were raised at the previous hearing. This time there is a feeling of freshness and acceptance of responsibility and cooperation that the preparations have been better organized, and I hope not to be proven wrong.”

Oded Plus, CEO of the Ministry of Religious Affairs said, “In past years the holy places center could not start work because they had debts of millions of shekels. We made sure to cover all the debts from previous years. A team led by myself and involving all the relevant factors formulated a budget of 25 million shekel ($6.46 million). I’ve been told that at this stage of the game preparations have never been up to where they are today.”

“We put up light poles on Route 89 and Route 866 and many more roads that were not properly lighted. We expanded the parking lots significantly,” Plus continued. “We added benches, drinking facilities and rescue centers in all the parking lots. All the tasks were carried out and we were on schedule. I’m optimistic. But we have to be careful. Certainly there may be problems. We have tried to anticipate them and prevent them. We have learned a lot of lessons from the previous years.”

Rabbi Yosef Schwinger, CEO of the National Center for the development of the holy places said, “This is the first year that we had a set budget two months before the event. In the past, we emphasized the people as a whole, this year we put an emphasis on the individual and the family. There will be dozens of drinking stations manned by multilingual stewards, dozens of shaded areas, hundreds of toilets connected to a sewer, and water infrastructure. We have established a special area for women to drink and rest. There are 12 diaper changing and nursing rooms with attendants on hand to help. We went down to the details in terms of individual treatment.”

Senior director of public transportation at the Transportation Ministry Dror Ganon reported that starting next Wednesday afternoon, May 18, busses would start to run from 14 destinations across the country, including two new subsidized destinations in Beitar Illit and Modiin Illit. He added, “Last year we finished the event with 7,000 trips and upwards of 300 thousand passengers. This year we expect an increase of 15 percent. We almost reached the maximum capacity of buses in Israel! 80% of the people use public transportation to get to Meron. We take almost 1,500 buses from private companies. There will also be a lot of stations leaving  the major cities, in Jerusalem itself there will be 7 stations. There are nearly 250 officials routing transport for the event.”

Officer Yossi Chemo, commander of police operations in the north, said, “We plan on deploying 5,000 police officers throughout the week in Meron. There will be 12 ambulances of Ezer M’Zion and another four of Lev Malka. There will also be volunteers of United Hatzalah and MDA. We ask the public to help them in their work and to obey their instructions.”

David Israel

Hatzalah’s New Psycho-Trauma Unit Aiding Shock Victims

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

On Monday, April 21st, during the bus bombing attack in Jerusalem, EMS organization United Hatzalah, deployed its’ new Psycho-trauma Unit. This new unit is a part of the larger emergency first response volunteer organization. It has the specific goal of utilizing trained personnel to provide emergency first response for those suffering mental anguish, trauma and shock in the field before they are transported to hospital.

“Over a decade of work in the field has taught us that those suffering from shock are casualties in all senses of the word,” said Moshe Teitelbaum, CEO of United Hatzalah. “We saw the need to provide emergency treatment to those stricken with shock in addition to those physically injured. We established the Psychotrauma Unit in order to provide immediate treatment for those suffering shock.”

The unit boasts 30 volunteers from across the spectrum of mental health care professionals and was founded with the understanding that immediate and proper emotional stabilization can help victims who are suffering from shock recover faster and return to normal functioning.

“We need to do everything we can in order to ensure the wellbeing of everyone at the scene of an emergency,” said Miriam Ballin, Director of United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma Unit. Ballin is also a medic and psychotherapist and is part of the on-site response team. “Emotional injuries, just like physical injuries, cannot be left untreated,” explained Ballin. After the bus bombing, Hatzala volunteers were active in providing first response treatment to five people who were suffering from severe shock following the bus explosion.

By stabilizing the victims of shock, distress and mental trauma at the emergency scene, the unit also allows the EMTs, paramedics and doctors on location to work as quickly and effectively as possible. “We work to stabilize the patient so that they can then mentally deal with the situation, get medical treatment and be safely and rapidly evacuated,” said Ballin. “We also work closely with all of the necessary agencies in the field in order to provide the best treatment for those who need it.”

Dr. Adam Ballin, a member of the Psychotrauma Unit, as well as a responder in the Advanced Life Support Unit of United Hatzalah, said, “Don’t look just at what we are doing, look at what we can do. Providing psychological first aid in the field, together with medical treatment, is something that United Hatzalah is uniquely positioned for,” explained Ballin.

“The management of acute pyscho-trauma casualties is a problem that has vexed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worldwide,” Ballin said. “United Hatzalah has a broad and deep skill set that, coupled with our culture of adaptability and rapid response infrastructure, has allowed us to deploy this new capability quickly and effectively. We believe that this will become the new standard of care in EMS in Israel and around the world, decreasing the emotional distress of these critical incidents and promoting early recovery.”

Jewish Press Staff Reporter

Israel Uncensored: On the Front Lines Saving Lives with Hatzalah Yehuda and Shomron [audio]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Yehudit Tayar has been a veteran spokesperson for the communities of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, for decades. She is also one of the founders of the community of Beit Horon outside of Modi’in. On top of all that, she is an emergency first-responder for Hatzalah Yehuda and Shomron on-call 24/7. Tayar joins Josh Hasten in her home community and shares her candid thoughts on saving lives during this current wave of Jihadist violence.

The Land of Israel

Nepalese Mark Anniversary of Devastating 2015 Earthquake

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Diplomats, government officials and citizens gathered Sunday in sadness at a pile of remains from the once-proud Dharahara Tower in Kathmanda to mark the first anniversary of last year’s deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The event comes just two days after Jews in Kathmandu celebrated the miracle of survival and escape from slavery at a festive seder on the first night of Passover.

Nine thousand people died in the massive earthquake and its aftershocks; even more were injured; it took days to rescue the wounded among the hills and valleys high in the Himalayas. In Kathmandu, 132 people died in the collapse of the iconic Dharahara tower on April 25.

Israeli rescue planes were on their way by the time a second earthquake – measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale – struck the country, killing 2,000 people.

United Hatzalah, ZAKA and IsraeLife as well as other agencies were among those who joined the IDF in the rescue effort.

Approximately 400 Israelis were in Nepal at the time of the disaster; many elected to stay and help in the rescue efforts. The earthquake was the worst to hit the country in 80 years.

Hana Levi Julian

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.


Mistaken for Terrorist, Man Killed in Jerusalem

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

It was a tragic, horrible case of mistaken identity that ended in rage and tears.

Witnesses say two security officials began to board an Egged bus in the Romema section of Jerusalem late Wednesday night — but a passenger who was disembarking became suspicious, and asked them to show their IDs.

One of the soldiers responded by asking the passenger for his ID as well.

An argument then ensued, with the passenger possibly attacking the soldier, and may have tried to grab his gun.

A shot rang out.

And now a Jew is dead.

The current wave of terror has brought everyone’s tolerance for tension to the edge, with each person looking twice at the next and double-checking even himself in the mirror in the morning before breakfast.

Some children and even adults are reporting difficulties with falling and staying asleep, and mental health professionals are reporting a higher-than-average incidence of anxiety among populations in larger cities, particularly in Jerusalem.

People who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are at particularly high risk for a recurrence of symptoms during these times, and should not hesitate to seek assistance if they experience flashbacks or any other upsetting feelings at any time.

In Jerusalem, Shaare Zedek Medical Center is available to provide support to anyone who is experience extreme anxiety, regardless of medical insurance coverage or ability to pay, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply go to the hospital emergency room and request assistance at the desk.

Likewise, Health Ministry mental health clinics around the city are also providing supportive counseling as well for those who feel overwhelmed by the current situation.

Hana Levi Julian

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