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Posts Tagged ‘MDA’

Massive Rock Throwing Near Ofra – One Injured

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

On Thursday evening Arabs launched a massive rock attack on Israeli cars driving on Highway 60, near Ofra. Numerous cars were damaged and one Israeli was injured. MDA services treated the injured Israeli on the spot and then evacuated him to a hospital.

IDF forces are searching the area for the rock throwers.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Rockets Hits Sderot Industrial Zone

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

At 9:05 AM, a barrage of 2 rockets hit Sderot, and hit two factory grounds in the industrial park.

One of the rockets, hit a building. This is the second this year that factory buildings was hit.

MDA treated one person with light injuries.

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

Magen David Adom Races To Bulgaria

Friday, July 27th, 2012

“Wherever there are Israelis in trouble…we are there to help them,” said Yoni Yagodovsky, a spokesman for Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA), told The Jewish Press.

Roughly eight hours after the terrorist attack in Bulgaria, a team of 12 MDA professionals arrived in Bulgaria to help their countrymen.

“Some of them burst into tears and clapped their hands in joy when they saw our medical team arriving,” Yagodovsky said about the dozens of Israelis who escaped the attack but were holed up in Bulgaria’s Burgas International Airport due to security concerns.

MDA officials proceeded to visit the injured in two Bulgarian hospitals, offering assistance wherever they could. “Unfortunately, we’ve gathered a lot of experience in dealing with terror attack victims,” Yagodovsky said. MDA also set up a call center for families in Israel who were worried about their loved ones.

Asked whether Bulgaria resented MDA’s involvement, Yagodovsky said, “Not at all. They were very helpful and friendly. All the people I spoke with said only good things about the Bulgarians.”

Elliot Resnick

Two Women Run Over in Two Different Israeli Cities When Standing at Attention for Yom HaShoah

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Walla News reports that a 64-year-old woman was run over by a car Thursday morning, Yom HaShoah, on King Shaul Street in Be’er Sheva, as she was standing at attention during the memorial siren. She was trapped, unconscious, under the car that hit her and was rescued by MDA teams.

The woman was rushed to Soroka Medical Center in critical condition, suffering from multi-system damage.

Another woman was injured during the siren, on highway 44 between Holon and Azur. As she was getting out of her car to stand at attention, a car hit her from behind. Her condition is medium to light.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Truth, Lies, and Saving Lives

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

In recent months, I’ve been contacted repeatedly regarding news reports that Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical response and national blood service, is removing its logo from ambulances in Judea and Samaria, or ending all operations there entirely. It’s been a frustrating time because the reports haven’t been accurate, and the misrepresentations have created a backlash that’s bad for Israel – and for all Israelis. As an Israeli living in the Judean mountain region of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, I want to set the record straight.

First, two points of clarification. People ask me about Magen David Adom’s services in Judea and Samaria because I serve as the representative in Israel for American Friends of Magen David Adom (www.afmda.org), MDA’s American fundraising affiliate.

While reports about MDA removing its logo or ceasing activities in Judea and Samaria are the catalyst for recent rumors, all this originates from reports that MDA signed an agreement in 2005 that enabled it to be accepted as a member of the International Red Cross, righting a six-decade wrong of MDA and Israel being excluded from that international body. The decision to sign the agreement largely originated from Israel’s government at the time. MDA does not make political or diplomatic decisions on behalf of the State of Israel.

Except for the borders with Egypt and Jordan, Israel has no internationally recognized borders, and MDA’s role, by law, is to provide equal services to all Israelis, regardless of on which side of the Green Line they live.

The truth is, MDA has not changed its operations in Judea and Samaria at all. It’s never ceased working in these areas or providing equal and full lifesaving services to Israelis (and Palestinians) who live here. Anyone suggesting otherwise simply does not have their facts straight or is deliberately misrepresenting them. As a result of the latter, there is an increase of the former.

The facts are unambiguous. MDA operates more than 60 ambulances based in 14 stations throughout Judea and Samaria, serving an Israeli population there of more than 250,000. On a per capita basis, the number of ambulances in Judea and Samaria is much higher than in Israeli cities with comparable populations.

The fact is that MDA responds to dozens of calls daily in Judea and Samaria, serving Arabs and Jews without discrimination.

Another fact is that MDA does not play politics when it comes to saving lives. People on the right of the political spectrum who are worried that MDA has left Judea and Samaria need to know that hasn’t happened and that MDA serves all Israelis equally. People on the left of the spectrum, who don’t believe Israel should be in Judea and Samaria, need to know that MDA serves all its residents equally, regardless of their citizenship – as it does within the Green Line between Israeli Arabs and Jews.

Misrepresenting these facts, calling for a boycott of donations to MDA, and damaging support for this critical organization do nothing other than harm Israelis. Every donor lost makes it harder for AFMDA to provide resources to save lives in Israel. There seems to be myriad ill-defined political agendas driving these news reports. Few of them have been factual. And their motives are malicious.

To some degree, these inaccurate stories have been fed by MDA’s decision to remove its logo from community ambulances throughout Israel at the same time that details of the agreement with the Red Cross have come to light. Previously, community ambulances bore the MDA emblem, even though they weren’t operated by MDA. Now, emblems on those community ambulances are being replaced with another insignia, which like the MDA logo also features the iconic Star of David. So the accusation that MDA is removing the Star of David from its ambulances – whether they’re operating in Judea and Samaria or anywhere else in the country – is false.

Sadly, the misinformation continues, and some people have deliberately misrepresented the facts, doing great damage to MDA, its reputation, and our ability to continue to help Israelis with medical emergencies – a particularly dangerous scenario given the resumption of rocket attacks from Gaza and daily threats from Iran.

Israel lives in a dangerous neighborhood, sandwiched by enemies to its north and south. The mission of saving lives has to be immune from politics and political games. If people have legitimate issues with MDA or the government’s international diplomacy, they should voice them in the proper forum and not misrepresent the facts. Let people of goodwill who care about Israel continue to support MDA – not because it’s my job to say this, but because MDA, more than any other Israeli organization, truly saves lives and benefits all Israelis.

Jonathan Feldstein is an Israel-based representative of American Friends of Magen David Adom, the American fundraising affiliate for Israel’s emergency medical response organization. He lives in Efrat in Judea.

MDA, These Are Your Friends – Red Crescent Employees Arrested for Attack on IDF Soldiers

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This should serve as a cautionary note to Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) service, which so eagerly cooperates with the Palestinian Red Crescent, to the point of transferring to the latter the medical authority in the district of Samaria. The folks you’re in bed with might just shoot you.

JTA reports that the goalie of the Palestinian Olympic soccer team and Palestinian Red Crescent employees were among 13 West Bank residents arrested for an attack on Israeli soldiers.

The arrests in the Jan. 20 shooting attack against Israeli troops were announced Monday by the Israel Defense Forces. No injuries were incurred during the attack but a vehicle was damaged, according to the IDF.

Omar Abu Rois, 23, the goalie, is affiliated with the Hamas terror organization and works for the Red Crescent, according to the IDF. He carried out the attack  with Red Crescent guard Salih Bar’al using AK-47 rifles procured by Munzar Abbas, 41,  an officer of the Palestinian “General Intelligence” in Ramallah who is responsible for security at the Red Crescent.

The IDF said the group, who all live in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah, intended to carry out similar attacks in at least six other locations.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Residents of Samaria to US, Canadian, Donors: MDA Enemy of the Settlements

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

For more than half a year, the Samaria Residents Committee has been struggling against Magen David Adom following its agreement with the Red Cross, in which MDA has committed to remove the red Star of David symbols from ambulances serving Samarian towns, and to transfer medical authority in the district to the Palestinian Red Crescent. According to articles in Haaretz and Israel Army Radio, MDA also committed to blocking contributions coming from abroad to acquire ambulances in Judea and Samaria.

The Samaria Residents Committee published an ad in the North American weekend edition of the Jerusalem Post under the headline “Follow the money.” The ad informs potential MDA donors overseas of the damage the MDA agreement is causing settlement in Samaria, and notes that this is an unprecedented act of an Israeli national organization stating openly that it would block services to a large part of Israel’s population.

Benny Katzover, Chairman of the Samaria Residents Committee, told the website Datili that the ad’s purpose was to inform North American Jews of MDA’s behavior. The bulk of MDA donors in North America may not be aware that their money was stopped at the “green line” and that the organization they supported took part in curbing medical treatment of Israeli Jews.

Yori Yanover

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