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November 30, 2015 / 18 Kislev, 5776
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Woman Stabbed Near Jerusalem Central Bus Station, Terrorist Dead

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

A 72-year-old woman was stabbed by an Arab terrorist Wednesday evening as she was boarding a bus on Jaffa Street near the entrance to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem.

The bus driver made sure to get her aboard the vehicle and then quickly closed the door so the terrorist could not board and continue attacking that victim, or others.

The victim was seriously wounded but remained conscious throughout her ordeal. She was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics before being evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

She is now listed in fair condition.

The terrorist was shot and killed by a special ops police officer who spotted him running away from the scene with the knife in his hand.

At least 31 Israelis at the scene were taken to a local hospital to be treated for severe shock and trauma. Dozens of others at the scene and elsewhere are also suffering milder symptoms of trauma and anxiety. The attack came less than two hours after the funeral for the victim for Tuesday’s terror victim and about an hour after a failed terror attack by a 19-year-old Arab stabber at the Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City.

Mental health professionals and security personnel are making efforts to reassure the local population and calm the atmosphere after an evening in which there were two attempted terror attacks in the city within less than an hour.

Tears From 2 Security Officers, Refusals to Expel Sa-Nur Families

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

More than 200 Israelis — including 20 families from the original town — were forcibly removed from the ruins of the former northern Samaria town of Sa-Nur Wednesday night. But at least two of the security personnel tasked with the assignment broke down in tears and refused to carry it out.

IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers entered the fortress where families and their supporters had barricaded themselves Monday night, 10 years after the residents were expelled.

Sa-Nur was among the four northern Samaria communities destroyed along with all of the towns in the Jewish region of Gush Katif during the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

Ten years after that nightmare, many families are still living in “temporary” housing, their government compensation funding used up by the banks forcing them to continue to pay the mortgages on homes wrested from them.

Earlier this week, the residents of Sa-Nur decided it was time to re-populate their town. They gathered supplies and returned to the ruins with equipment to begin repairs.

On Wednesday night that came to a halt, as Israeli forces declared the area a closed military zone, placed barriers at the entrance and brought buses to take the families away.

By 7 am Thursday, all of those who attempted to re-populate Sa-Nur were removed.

“Relatives who stayed at the scene and even small children were hit and violently dragged to buses and truck buses brought by security forces,” families told journalists. Most were dropped off at the community of Kedumim, also located in Samaria.

At least two Border Guard Police officers refused orders to forcibly remove Jews from the site, and reportedly broke down in tears, according to several media reports.

A spokesperson for the Border Guard Police denied the refusals occurred, however, saying, “It never happened. Despite the difficulty in performing the complex tasks involved, all the soldiers completed their mission.”

Knowing the effect a second “expulsion” has had on both those who carry out the task as well as well as on those who are expelled, the families sent a letter to the prime minister and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday, urging them to refrain from another expulsion.

“IDF soldiers are our beloved brothers, flesh of our flesh. We demand not to repeat the trauma of the expulsion, and not to force IDF soldiers to expel us again from our homes,” they wrote.

“Placing the soldiers against their settler brothers is the addition of sin to a crime. Even if the government wants to expel Jews from their homes and their land, that should be done by police officers, and not by soldiers and Border Patrol soldiers who give the best of their years for the security of Israel.”

The expulsion of Gush Katif and northern Samaria was extremely traumatic, despite the various efforts by authorities to minimize the shock and stress both to residents and to security personnel who were involved.

The fallout from those events has continued to this day, both in the civilian and political sector.

New Diagnostic for Pro Football Players Suffering from Mild ‘Unreported’ Concussions

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

According to a Ben Gurion University of the Negev research group, professional football players for the first time have been found to have brain damage from mild “unreported” concussions. Published in the current issue of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Neurology, the Ben Gurion study could improve decision-making about when an athlete should “return to play.”

The new, enhanced MRI diagnostic approach was, for the first time, able to identify significant damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of professional football players following “unreported” trauma or mild concussions.

Dr. Alon Friedman at the Ben-Gurion University Brain Imaging Research Center discovered the new diagnostic approach. “Until now, there wasn’t a diagnostic capability to identify mild brain injury early after the trauma,” he said.

“In the NFL, other professional sports and especially school sports, concern has grown about the long-term neuropsychiatric consequences of repeated mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and specifically sports-related concussive and sub-concussive head impacts,” he added.

The paper describing the new diagnostic was published by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center. It details using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for detection and localization of vascular pathology and blood-brain barrier breakdown in football players. 

“The goal of our study was to use our new method to visualize the extent and location of BBB dysfunction in football players using Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) on a Phillips 3-T Ingenia. Specifically, it generates more detailed brain maps showing brain regions with abnormal vasculature, or a ‘leaky BBB,’ ” said Dr. Friedman.

Study participants included 16 football players from Israel’s professional football team, Black Swarm, as well as 13 track and field athletes from Ben-Gurion University who served as controls. All underwent the newly developed MRI-based diagnostic.

“The group of 29 volunteers was clearly differentiated into an intact-BBB group and a pathological-BBB group,” Friedman explains. “This showed a clear association between football and increased risk for BBB pathology that we couldn’t see before. In addition, high-BBB permeability was found in six players and in only one athlete from the control group.”

Friedman also indicated that repeated, mild concussive events might impact some players differently than others. This level of diagnosis of individual players can provide the basis of more rational decision-making on “return to play” for professionals as well as amateurs of any age, he pointed out. 

“Generally, players return to the game long before the brain’s physical healing is complete, which could exacerbate the possibility of brain damage later in life,” says Friedman.

A decade of research in the BGU Laboratory for Experimental Neurosurgery has shown that vascular pathology, and specifically dysfunction of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), plays a key role in brain dysfunction and degeneration, and may be an underlying cause of neurodegenerative complications after brain injuries.  

The BBB is a highly selective permeable membrane that separates circulating blood from extracellular fluid. It protects the brain by preventing many dangerous substances from penetrating, and therefore is not meant to be damaged.

Medical researchers, including Friedman’s group at BGU, are working to discover ways to find drugs that will target the BBB and facilitate its repair, ultimately allowing for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain-related diseases.

The Ben Gurion University study was supported by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program and the Israel Science Foundation.

2 Rock Attacks on Jerusalem Light Rail

Monday, September 29th, 2014

There were two separate ‘travel terror’ attacks on the Jerusalem Light Rail Sunday night, both in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, according to Channel 2 television news.

Local Arabs hurled rocks at the passenger train as it passed through the neighborhood. No one was physically injured although a number of passengers were traumatized by the attacks. Several cars were damaged in the attacks as well.

Each time a window on the Light Rail is smashed, the CityPass company is forced to pay between NIS 3,000 to NIS 5,000 for its replacement since insurance does not cover the cost of damage due to terror attacks.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for a “heavy handed response” to violence in the city in a statement earlier this month, and pledged the assistance of city hall as needed by the police.

Miracle in Ashkelon: No One Home When Missile Hits

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A missile fired by Gaza terrorists struck a home in Ashkelon Wednesday afternoon in the Ashkelon coastal region district.

It was a direct hit.

But the People of Israel can add this to the list of miracles with which they’ve been blessed during Operation Protective Edge, because no one was home when the missile struck the home of the Messer family.

“We had just left a few minutes before; I don’t know, we just had this feeling,” Alon Messer told a reporter for Army Radio in an interview a few minutes later. “My wife and I took our baby daughter and we had barely gone, when we heard the siren, and then the ‘boom!’ It was so close, we just knew somehow it was our house — and sure enough, when we came back and looked, there it was.”

The house had just been built, his wife added. “It was barely a year old,” she mourned. But despite the damage, no one was physically injured. Residents around the area were understandably traumatized in response to the event.

Close to 100 rockets and missiles were fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza since Hamas violated the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that was still in force Tuesday afternoon as Israeli and Palestinian Arab negotiators continued to work towards an agreement to end the destruction.

Israeli representatives were immediately recalled from the talks, however, as soon as rocket fire was aimed at Israeli civilians, violating the agreement some eight hours before the cease-fire was due to run out.

Sapir College Closed (Again!) Due to ‘Rain’ of Rocket Fire

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Sapir Academic College has canceled classes and exams on Wednesday due to the renewal of rocket, mortar and missile fire from Sderot.

The well-known institution, home to dramatic and other arts programs is located on the outskirts of the city of Sderot, barely a mile away from the Gaza border.

The institution said it would keep students informed as to when classes will resume. It is not yet clear how and when class time and exams will be made up.

On August 8, 2014, the director of the college, 71-year-old Dr. Nachmi Paz was wounded during a rocket attack when he was unable to make it to a safe space in time. A house in Sderot sustained a direct hit during the same barrage of Qassam rockets fired by Gaza terrorists that day.

When is “enough,” truly enough?

Rockets Land Outside Ofakim Without Warning

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Two rockets exploded Monday afternoon on the outskirts of the southern Israeli town of Ofakim, traumatizing the town’s residents.

People in the area were not prepared for the attack and had not taken cover because the Color Red incoming rocket alert system failed to activate.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rockets-land-outside-ofakim-without-warning/2014/07/14/

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