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Condition of Poisoned Brothers Improves

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Both brothers who were in life-threatening condition from the same poison that killed their two younger sisters last week now are breathing on their own, doctors at Schneider Children’s Medical Center said Wednesday.

Five-year-old Yitzchak woke up from from unconsciousness, but his seven-year-old brother Michael, remains sedated.

Although their condition is better, doctors said they cannot yet declare that they are out of danger.

Their sisters, Avigail, 1, and Yael, 4, were buried last week after succumbing to the poison, which is lethal when coming in contact with water. It had had been left behind by an exterminator.

Poison Victims Buried as Brothers Struggle to Stay Alive

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Two girls, ages 1 and 4, were buried Thursday afternoon after dying from poison that was used in their family home, and their two brother, ages 5 and 7, are alive in Schneider Medical Center in Petah Tikvah with the help of life support machines.

Meanwhile, a Jerusalem court has extended the remand of the exterminator who used poison at the home of the Gross family. His lawyer said that the poison has been used before without an resulting problems. The poison, when mixed with water, releases a dangerous gas.

Avigal and Yael Gross died Wednesday from the poison. Their parents and a third brother also were affected by the extermination but are in stable condition.

Report: Arafat Poisoning Tests Paid by Widow, PA

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The widow of Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority paid for the Swiss medical tests on the late Palestinian leader’s body that showed he did not die of natural causes.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Friday that a spokesperson for the University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne told the newspaper that Suha Arafat and the P.A. paid for the tests.

The tests “moderately” supported the notion that Arafat had been poisoned with polonium, a radioactive substance.

Al Jazeera America reported last week that it believed the Swiss lab conducted the tests for free as a public service, according to the Free Beacon.

Polonium is a highly toxic substance that is rarely found outside military and scientific circles. The substance was found in Arafat’s ribs and pelvis, and in the soil beneath where his body was buried, according to Al Jazeera America.

A report issued Friday by a team of Russian scientists found insufficient evidence that Arafat was poisoned with polonium.

Arafat led the Palestine Liberation Organization for 35 years and became the first president of the Palestinian Authority in 1996. He fell violently ill in October 2004 and died two weeks later, at the age of 75, in a Paris military hospital. His remains were exhumed last year

Suha Arafat had filed legal action in July 2012 asking French authorities to look into claims that her husband was poisoned. The following month, French prosecutors opened a murder inquiry into the death of Arafat.

Poisoned Letters and Death Threat Sent to Obama and Bloomberg

Friday, May 31st, 2013

A  third letter stating a death threat and possibly containing ricin poison was intended for President Barack Obama and bore the same postmark as two similar letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last Friday and this Sunday. Both the president and the mayor favor stiff gun control laws.

The anonymous letters to Bloomberg were opened in New York on Friday at the city’s mail facility in Manhattan and on Sunday at the Washington office of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that Bloomberg founded.

The letters bore the postmark of Shreveport, Louisiana, according to CBS.

Secret Service director Edwin Donovan said, “The White House mail screening facility intercepted a letter addressed to the White House that was similar to letters previously addressed to Mayor Bloomberg in New York.

“This letter has been turned over to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.”

At least one of the letters to Bloomberg stated, “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional, God-given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”

Mayor Bloomberg said that one of the letters “obviously referred to our anti-gun efforts, but there’s 12,000 people that are going to get killed this year with guns and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we’re not going to walk away from those efforts.”

The people who opened the letters were not harmed by the poison, but three police officers who examined the letter to Bloomberg felt minor symptoms. Ricin is a poison that is easily produced because it can be found naturally in castor beans.

If ingested, it can cause  breathing difficulties, vomiting, internal bleeding and liver and kidney failure, leading to death.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/poisoned-letters-and-death-threat-sent-to-obama-and-bloomberg/2013/05/31/

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