Thursday Morning News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael


A Kassam rocket landed in the Eshkol region on Wednesday night, near Sufah. No injuries were reported.

**Channel 10: Prominent attorney Yaakov Weinrot, who represented Israeli notables, including a prime minister, will be charged with a serious indictment addressing alleged white collar crimes.

**Air raid sirens heard in downtown Haifa late Thursday morning were Baruch Hashem a false alarm, apparently the result of a malfunction.

**A chronically ill 47-y/o male who died in a Tel Aviv hospital became Israel’s 91st swine flu victim.

**Officials report 346 traffic-related deaths in 2009, representing a significant drop from 2008, 23%.

**Occasional showers Thursday morning with clearing skies towards afternoon. An increase in temperatures expected on Friday and again on shabbos, with pleasant skies predicted for shabbos.

**Employment services workers will be striking nationwide on Thursday.

**2 firebombs were hurled at a vehicle southeast of Shechem on Wednesday night. No injuries.

**MK Mofaz calls on Kadima leader Livni to meet with him today to set a date for party primaries, announcing she failed in her role as party leader.

**4 Bnei Brak homes were damaged in a Wednesday evening blaze on Orlian Street. No injuries were reported despite heavy damage.

**The CBS reports 160,000 infants were born in Israel in 2008.

**IDF soldiers taking part in counter-terrorism operations throughout Yehuda and Shomron on Wednesday night apprehended 11 suspects.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. I am very sorry to learn of the number of deaths from H1N1 in Israel.

    The greatest mortality rates from H1N1 appear to be in areas of Israel where there is a very high level of air pollution. Those areas could be expected to have a relatively high rate of residents with lung disease and/or heart disease even before they are infected with H1N1. Add H1N1, a respiratory illness, to preexisting serious lung disease and/or serious heart disease at a time when air pollution is at a high level, and the individual would be less likely to survive than someone who did not have three strikes against them.

    Perhaps those who have preexisting lung disease and/or heart disease could be moved to an unpolluted area of Israel or beyond until their H1N1 abates. Having two strikes against them would be better than having three strikes against them.

    Also, it has come to my attention that emergency rooms all over the world probably are giving most of the H1N1 sufferers glucose infusions without giving them thiamin. A few days of one or more of the following symptoms experienced in H1N1 – high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, much loss of appetite – can be expected to seriously deplete the individual’s thiamine. Giving a glucose infusion to someone who has a serious thiamin deficiency without also giving them thiamin can greatly worsen beriberi, which can in itself – even without H1N1 – result in the patient’s death two or three days later from symptoms of severe beriberi. Persons who seemed very healthy before they acquired H1N1 – people between 20 and 40 perhaps – might be the least likely to be suspected by their doctors and emergency rooms to have a thiamine deficiency.

    For excellent descriptions of beriberi, See “Thiamine deficiency and its prevention and control in major emergencies,” by Zita Weise Prinzo, Technical Officer, in WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development; and
    See “Emedicine – Beriberi (Thiamin Deficiency).