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Israeli Muslims Have More Babies than Israeli Jews
Data released by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics report that Israel's Muslim
citizens are reproducing at a much higher rate than Jewish citizens.
There were approximately 1,142,000 Muslim citizens of Israel at the start of 2006,
comprising 16% of the population and 83% of the Arab population. Israel's capital,
Jerusalem, is 32% Muslim. Muslim growth was 3.1% while Jewish was 1.3% - though Jewish
growth was due mostly to immigration while Muslim growth is 98% internal.
Doctors Knew of Sharon's Brain Disease After First Stroke
By Ha'aretz and VOA News
Physicians at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem knew during Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon's first hospitalization in December that he suffered from cerebral amyloid
angiopathy (CAA), a disease of the blood vessels in the brain, a medical source told
Ha'aretz on Tuesday.
Prescribing anticoagulant drugs to patients with CAA could increase their chances of
suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, like the one Sharon experienced last week. In spite of
this, the source said, Sharon received the blood thinners.
On Tuesday, Ha'aretz quoted a medical source as saying that Sharon suffered from CAA,
but physicians did not diagnose the disease during his hospitalization after his first
stroke last month.
Ha'aretz has since learned that the diagnosis was made in December, which leads to
further questions over the decision to treat Sharon with blood thinners.
Without specifically mentioning the Ha'aretz report, Hadassah director Prof. Shlomo
Mor-Yosef said Tuesday afternoon that, "A report in one of the newspapers today is
incorrect. Hadassah physicians were aware of the brain diagnosis, and no new diagnosis has
been made during the current hospitalization." In his statement, Mor-Yosef did not deny
that the CAA diagnosis had been made.
The diagnosis occurred after examining CT scans Sharon underwent, according to
testimony presented Monday to Ha'aretz by a medical source involved in the treatment of
the prime minister.
Ron Krumer, Hadassah's external affairs director, said in response "We are busy
treating the prime minister and fighting to save his life. We are not dealing with
The doctor who provided the testimony defined the administering of the blood-thinning
medication after the first stroke as a "screw up."
According to a senior medical source, in some instances CAA is a genetic disorder,
while sometimes its origin is unknown. The disease is diagnosed by means of interpreting
CT and MRI scans, or by performing a biopsy on a small sample of the brain. However,
medical literature is also filled with testimony that the disease is very difficult to
diagnose, and can sometimes be detected only following a brain hemorrhage.
As reported in Ha'aretz, senior doctors - including two hospital directors and a senior
physician at Hadassah itself - have raised numerous questions since Sharon's
hospitalization regarding his medical supervision over the past two weeks; the
administering of the blood-thinning medication; the dosage administered; the medical and
laboratory supervision in the wake of administering the blood-thinning medication; and the
decision to perform the cardiac catheterization as well as its timing.
According to a senior medical source, CAA can lead to bleeding into the brain as tiny
blood vessels carrying amyloid deposits become heavier and more brittle, and are therefore
more likely to burst with minor trauma or with fluctuating blood pressure.
Aneurysms, or ballooning of the blood vessel wall, may develop, and may also rupture as
the stretched wall becomes thinner and is under more pressure. Amyloid deposits may
destroy smooth muscle cells or cause inflammation in the blood vessel wall. This may also
cause the blood vessel to break more easily.
A senior doctor told Ha'aretz on Monday night that CAA is one of the main causes of
cerebral bleeding in elderly individuals, and that studies in recent years have shown that
the administering of blood-thinning medication to individuals with CAA is a "significant
factor" in causing cerebral hemorrhages.
Doctors treating Sharon told the Voice of America that his condition continues to
improve and there is no immediate threat to his life. Sharon's doctors said he showed
movement on his left side for the first time since he suffered a massive stroke and
cerebral hemorrhage last week. They also say when one of his sons spoke to him there was a
noticeable rise in Sharon's blood pressure. Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, the director of
Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital said Sharon continues to show a slight improvement.
"Prime Minister Sharon moved his right hand and leg in a bigger amount than yesterday
[Monday]," Mor-Yosef said. "Prime Minister started to move his left arm as well. The plan
for the next 24 hours is to continue a reduction in the amount of anesthetic drugs and
evaluate his neurological condition."
Mor-Yosef said Sharon is breathing spontaneously and his blood pressure, urine output,
and fever levels are within normal limits. He said while medical tests indicate a slight
improvement in Sharon's neurological functions, he remains in critical-but-stable
The movement on the prime ministers left side is regarded as significant because
Sharon's stroke is believed to have severely damaged the right side of his brain, which
controls the left side of his body.
Doctors are testing a variety of sensory options on Sharon, including playing Mozart
symphonies and placing some of his favorite foods in his room, in an attempt to elicit
some sort of a response. They say while they will continue to reduce the amount of
anesthesia Sharon is receiving, it will likely be days before they have any idea of how
badly damaged Sharon's brain is from the stroke he suffered.
Health Ministry May Investigate Sharon's Treatment
Health Ministry officials on Tuesday night said that if there is enough public
interest, a public investigation might be launched into the prime minister's
Some public sentiment is alleging inappropriate treatment by Hadassah Hospital for
prescribing blood thinner medications to Sharon after he sustained his first stroke, which
was described as minor. Some critics feel that the blood thinners resulted in the prime
minister's massive cerebral hemorrhaging, which could have been avoided.
Health Ministry officials responding to the 'talk on the street' stated there is no
evidence of malpractice, but quickly added an investigation may be launched if there is a
And the convergence of world media on Hadassah Hospital in order to provide live
updates on Sharon's health has created massive inconvenience for patients seeking regular
treatment at the hospital.
Jerusalem resident Rabbi Binyamin Adilman told Arutz-7 that his daughter, who is
treated at the hospital four times a week following a bone marrow transplant, has had
great difficulty receiving her treatment since Sharon became hospitalized. "My daughter
has been through two bone marrow transplants and is in fragile health. Since the Prime
Minister has been hospitalized, the hospital has let the press of the world take over the
plaza of the Main Building at Hadassah Ein Karem."
Adilman asked: "Why does the press corps need to gather around and block the entrance
to the Emergency Room and the main building? Why can't a parking lot or other area be
turned into a press area so that those who need to be in the hospital day in and day out
don't need to have even more disruption in their lives. I think that the rights and the
needs of sick people are being ignored. The story of the Prime Minister's health is
important for the whole world, but let us not lose our humanity and let this be at the
expense of sick children and others."
Arab Knesset Member: Sharon is "A Criminal," "A Butcher," "Swimming in Blood"
As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lies incapacitated with a massive stroke, an Arab Member
of Israel's Knesset, Abed Al-Malik Dahamshe, gave his opinion of Sharon to Islam
Abed Al-Malik Dahamshe (United Arab List) has been representing Israel's Arab citizens
democratically in the Knesset for nine years. In a recent question-and-answer session for
the Internet portal Islam Online, Dahamshe was asked to comment on how he saw developments
in the Middle East as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, hospitalized with a debilitating
stroke, moves off the political stage.
Dahamshe, whose views regarding the State of Israel are reflective of other Arab
Knesset members, responded by severely maligning Sharon, calling him the "butcher of the
Palestinian people," "a criminal," and a man "swimming in Palestinian blood."
Some excerpts from Islam Online interview follow, as a way of providing a window into
the hearts and minds of some Arab members of Knesset. "First of all the end of Sharon
should not concern the Muslims. He was a butcher and part of a state, which will not exist
within the next 50 years. Partly due to the increasing Muslim population who have Israeli
passports. If Israel is a true democracy then demographically the Muslims will outnumber
the Jews and could vote out the Zionist [sic] regime. My question is as the Muslim
population within Israel increases will the Knesset experience a shift in its views?"
"I was one of the most hostile parliament members against Sharon in the Parliament and
I was never afraid to describe him as the butcher of the Palestinian people, and that he
is a criminal who killed hundreds of Palestinians and Arabs, specifically the Egyptian
prisoners and Sabra and Shateela [sic]. I told him in person one day, when he said he is
[sic] not going to release Palestinian prisoners because their hands are stained with
blood, I told how dare you say this while you have been swimming in the [sic] Palestinian
blood and here you are the Prime Minister.
Zarqawi: Bin Laden 'Ordered Rocket Fire on Galilee'
Osama bin Laden ordered the Katyusha rocket attack on the Galilee some two weeks ago,
according to a statement attributed to Abu Musab Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaida's
Iraq-based faction. The statement was aired on Sunday on a Web site customarily used by
Zarqawi's group, the Organization of Al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, which claimed responsibility
for the rocket attack in an online statement on December 29.
"The rockets launched from north of Lebanon in December to the ancestors of monkeys and
pigs are nothing but the beginning of a deep blow against the Zionist enemy. All of these
are done upon the directives of mujaheed Sheikh Osama bin Laden," said the voice
attributed to Zarqawi.
In response to the rocket attack, Israel carried out air strikes against the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Ahmed Jibril's Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine - General Command. Official Israeli spokesmen subsequently admitted that the
attacks had been misdirected and that the defense establishment tended to believe the
Al-Qaida claim of responsibility.
According to Reuven Paz, an expert in fundamentalist Islamic movements, "We are most
certainly witnessing efforts by Al-Qaida... to strike at Israel... like the terror attacks
at the Hilton hotel in Taba and the holiday resorts in Sinai, the firing from Aqaba to
Eilat, the terror attack in Amman, and the one in Lebanon. We may also be seeing the
beginnings of the rallying of Al-Qaida supporters in the Gaza Strip."
Meanwhile, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said that even if the
Zarqawi tape turned out to be authentic, it would not lead to an immediate change in the
IDF's fight against global terrorism. "What the Americans were unable to do in Tora Bora,
we, too, will not be able to accomplish from one day to the next," Halutz said.
IDF Rejects Arab Air Force Applicant
The IDF has rejected an Israeli Arab citizen who applied to the air force. The
candidate's father explained he hoped to become the nation's first Israeli Arab military
pilot. The name of the applicant is not being released as well as his place of residence
according to the report that was revealed by Yedioth Ahronoth.
The IDF Spokesman's Office rejected any hint of discrimination, explaining all
applications are screened and a decision is made in accordance to the qualifications of an
applicant, without regard to outside factors.
The family of the applicant explained that his son was offered the option of enlisting
in the Paratroop Corps instead of the air force.
The young man's private flight instructor, Mickey Harpaz told Channel 2 TV News that
the candidate has extremely high potential for becoming a fighter pilot, speaking as a
former air force officer. He stated that he possesses all the skills sought after by the
air force and his advanced flying skills would simplify his training as well as save the
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