According to a Ynet report released in June 2015, Magen David Adom a severely wounded terrorist will be treated prior to less seriously wounded victims in a terror attack.
MDA has followed the lead of other agencies including Israel Police and the IDF, and for the first time since its creation, it has established a code of ethics which among other things compels the organization to treat the wounded in accordance to the severity of injury and standard medical triaging protocol, which means if a terrorist is more seriously injured, s/he is treated before less seriously wounded victims of an attack.
Chief of Emergency Medicine at Ichilov Hospital Dr. Pini Halprin, a prominent traumatologist in Israel who is involved in formulating the code of Ethics explained that it was high time for MDA to formulate a code of ethics, especially in a nation where this dilemma occurs often – the need to treat many victims of an attack as well as the persons who perpetrated the attack.
In fact, this is standard protocol for any EMS organization, but here in Israel, it strikes a sensitive cord with many but this is how the medical community treats mass casualty incident, by adhering to triage protocols without regard to other factors such as religion, race, creed and the like.
The report adds that “other senior physicians agree”, quoting them saying “There cannot be any other code of ethics” regarding medical care.
Bin spoke with Kol Berama Radio, explaining he obviously is not showing empathy for the terrorists, but clearly the EMS organization must operate based on medical protocols, distancing itself from all other considerations.
Bin added at times there are threats to EMS personnel and they will not treat a terrorist until receiving the all clear from police.
That said, it is added that Israeli first responders have been trained and remain cognizant of the fact that at times, a bomber may still be booby-trapped to strike EMS responders. Hence, if there is any question, as was the case in the Shar Shechem attack on Wednesday 1 Cheshvan, responders will distance themselves from a terrorist, even if seriously wounded, until police and/or bomb squad personnel give the all clear.
Zaka Chief Yehuda Meshi-Zahav also spoke with Kol Berama, questioned why the organization decided to use unmarked black body bags for terrorists instead of the familiar Zaka white body bags with the organization’s logo. Meshi-Zahav explained “There is a need to distinguish between bodies of victims and terrorists” and this method has been selected to accomplish this.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)