'Road Apartheid' Debunked


                                  Communique: 21 October 2005         [View this article online]
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Dear HonestReporting Subscriber,

On Sunday (Oct. 16), Palestinian terrorists killed three young Israelis in a drive-by terrorist shooting in the West Bank (pictured at right). In response to pointed warnings of more attacks of this type, the IDF imposed restrictions on Palestinian traffic on certain West Bank roads.

Though the road closures were temporary and aimed at preventing further loss of life, several media outlets quickly spun this story in a different direction �D suggesting they are part of a larger Israeli plan to implement 'road apartheid' in the West Bank. The Guardian stated:

The Israeli military has blocked Palestinians from driving on the main artery through the West Bank in a first step towards what Israeli human rights groups say is total "road apartheid" being enforced throughout the occupied territory.

The New York Times also quoted a Palestinian official making the 'road apartheid' claim, and The Scotsman said:

On the ground, the condition of Palestinian civilians seems to be deteriorating further... Israel is moving ahead with plans to make permanent a ban on Palestinian use of main roads in the West Bank.

Two falsities are disseminated with these media-driven claims:

1) Israel is not 'moving ahead' with plans to 'permanently ban' Palestinian traffic on West Bank roads. What has occurred �D in the wake of Sunday's shooting and the many others that preceded it �D is further discussion of a how separate road systems might make the West Bank safer for travel, given the ongoing threat of drive-by terrorist fire. Such discussions are always conducted while balancing the humanitarian concerns to peaceful Palestinians.

2) The term 'apartheid' is once again, absurdly brought into the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. HonestReporting previously provided a side-by-side comparison of the two situations that debunked the association vis-a-vis the security fence. That comparison is just as relevant here. And as former US Mideast negotiator Dennis Ross stated in an op-ed this week:

Yasir Arafat loved to equate the Palestinian struggle for statehood with the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, but his was always a false analogy. In South Africa, less than 15 percent of the population controlled all the power and wealth and subjected the other 85 percent to a degrading, inhuman and segregated existence...

Compare that to the Palestinian movement for self-determination. Arabs today remain a minority in the area that encompasses Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. To be sure, given demographic trends, Jews will become a minority in that area within this decade, but even by 2050, Arabs would outnumber Jews by only 60 percent to 40 percent.

The international community supports a two-state solution because it recognizes that there are two national movements with populations in rough equality. That was never the case in South Africa.

As Israel continues to consider methods of protecting its citizenry from Palestinian terror, HonestReporting encourages subscribers to be on the lookout in your local media for unfounded claims of West Bank 'apartheid roads', and respond with the facts if they appear.

Thank you for your ongoing involvement in the battle against media bias.



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POSTED: 12:01 pm EDT October 20, 2005

A Detroit man woke after being declared dead at about noon on Wednesday, Local 4 reported.

Louis Golson, 51, was pronounced dead by EMS crews that responded to the home on the 13000 block of Mapleridge on Detroit's east side, where he lives with his sister, Lisa McCloud, and her husband.

McCloud's husband went downstairs to Golson's basement bedroom to check on him and found that he wasn't moving and was unresponsive.

A short time after EMS arrived at the home, they came upstairs to tell the family that Golson was dead. The crew apparently claimed the 116 pound man had died in his bed overnight and rigormortis had begun to set in.

"They told me to call the doctor, to sign the death certificate (and) they will not have to take him to the morgue, that the funeral home can come and get him," said Golson's niece, Kimberly Golson.

McCloud said she started notifying family members that he had passed while EMS waited at the scene for police.

At about 2 p.m., when Golson's other sister, Deborah Golson, went downstairs to check on his body, he opened his eyes and moved his arms, the station reported.

Police responding to the scene also confirmed that the 51-year-old was not dead.

"When the police came, the police took the light, flashed the light into his eyes and the police realized he was alive," McCloud said.

Golson was rushed to St. John Hospital, where doctors determined that the diabetic had suffered a sugar attack.

He was treated and is recuperating in a hospital bed, the station reported.

Deborah Golson told Local 4 that she believes the incident is part miracle and part mistake.

A captain with the Detroit EMS squad said the case is under investigation and a report was being prepared to hand over to the chief's desk to determine if the EMS workers will face any punishment.

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Officials: Two Dogs Tested Positive

Courant Staff Writer

October 20 2005

Two Connecticut dogs have tested positive for a newly discovered canine influenza that can cause dangerous respiratory infections, state officials say.

The disease, which emerged in Florida racing greyhounds early last year and since spread to dogs in a dozen states, was discovered locally by West Hartford kennel owner Myra Wahl, who said she noticed a suspicious number of dogs in her facility coughing in late September.

"I thought, regardless of what this is, it is affecting a lot of dogs," said Wahl, who immediately closed her facility Planet Bark for disinfecting and notified her clients to monitor their dogs.

Wahl kept Planet Bark closed for three weeks to allow any pathogens to die out, and sent swabs from the sick dogs to Cornell Veterinary College for testing. The results, which came back this week, showed that two dogs that used the facility had the virus, Wahl said Wednesday.

The dogs have since recovered, including Billy, a 4-year-old whippet owned by Matthew Wallace of Farmington. It is not known where the dogs caught the disease, which has turned up in a dozen states including New York and Massachusetts.

Wallace, who runs a software company, said he had boarded his dogs at Planet Bark and was away on a business trip when Wahl called to say that Billy and his other dog Pilot, an 8-year-old greyhound, might be sick. He praised Wahl for her quick action and honesty.

"Thankfully my big man, who has injuries from his racing days, was OK. But my little guy was very sick for a week or more," said Wallace. "He was so sick he could not stand up for two days."

So far, there are the only two confirmed cases of canine influenza in Connecticut, said State Veterinarian Mary Jane Lis, who did not name Planet Bark.

But Connecticut dog owners should assume that the highly contagious virus is widespread and all dogs risk catching it, Lis said.

Kennel owners and veterinarians in Connecticut are not required to report cases of canine influenza, Lis said.

The good news for dog owners is that the disease isn't nearly as fatal as was first believed. About 80 percent of dogs will experience a mild form of the disease, with a cough and slight nasal discharge, Cynthia Crawford an immunologist at the University of Florida's veterinary clinic, said in a briefing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month.

Between 5 percent and 8 percent of infected dogs will die from the virus, Crawford said in the briefing.

Canine influenza is caused by H3N8 equine flu virus. It is the first time an equine flu has been known to jump species.

There is no evidence that humans or other animals such as house cats can catch canine or equine flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Veterinary Association.

Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

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Just forwarding this good news to those addresses that didn't already get it.
Marrissa: Note that your Aunt Becky and I have GMail addresses now. You might also want to add the addresses of the people I forwarded this message to.
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Ellington Shul: Irving Bork's in the Hospital

Hello All;
I have only just been made aware that our co-president, Irving Bork, was admitted to Rockville General Hospital's ICU during Yom Kippur on Thursday.
He has hopes of being discharged soon, maybe even tonight. Remember to say a prayer for him.
Also, due to this unfortunate circumstance, we won't have a succah up at the shul until chol hamoed at least... sorry.

Elias Friedman, Co-President
Congregation Knesseth Israel

Ellington Shul Sukkos, Sh'mini Atzeres & Simchas Torah


Hello Everyone!
As of right now, we have no firm plans for the holiday.

I would like to see if we can have a succah party during Chol Hamoed and I would also like to have services for Sh'mini Atzeres/Simchas Torah.

I am looking into these possibilities and if anyone would like to volunteer to help, contact me.

Co-President Bork has generously offered us to use his succah at the synagogue, so there should be a nice place for anyone in town to eat lunch.

Click on the links below for more information about the holiday courtesy of the Orthdox Union and Aish HaTorah.

Sukkot Section


Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!

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18 months. 362 people. 3,869 ambulance trips. $11.6 million.

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S.F. confronts the human and financial costs of repeatedly sending paramedics to help homeless alcoholics.
- Ilene Lelchuk, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 5, 2005

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Niels Tangherlini, a San Francisco paramedic captain, found Clarence staggering down Mission Street one recent Tuesday morning clutching a plastic shopping bag holding leaky food cartons and a can of Steel Reserve.

Steel Reserve is cheap beer that packs a punch. Drinking, Tangherlini believes, is the cause of the 63-year-old homeless alcoholic's inflamed pancreas and will kill Clarence without swift intervention.

"Please, I don't want to go," Clarence cried through a dirty gray beard and missing front teeth.

"You're dying," Tangherlini responded with the patience of a preschool teacher. "For your sake, your health, your safety, I need to get you into a detox program."

"Why am I so important?" Clarence asked.

Clarence is important because, among other things, he is one of 362 individuals -- most of them drunk and homeless or marginally housed -- whom paramedics have to pick up repeatedly. Between March 2004 and August 2005, they were picked up a total of at least 3,869 times, according to city records that track everyone riding an ambulance four or more times a month.

Based on the city's estimate that each ambulance ride and emergency room visit costs up to $3,000, the price of picking up the frequent riders could have been as high as $11.6 million during that period.

The human cost -- of people dying in the streets and of paramedics so busy with them that potentially they respond more slowly to other 911 calls -- is harder to calculate.

"They're taking away our availability to really respond to a Code 3 life-threatening emergency," said Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who oversees city paramedics.

Tangherlini, a paramedic with a degree in social work, heads an unusual team of last resort to cajole and badger chronic public inebriates into addiction and mental health treatment. And when all else fails, the team places some under the stewardship of the city's social services agency against their will.

It's a new approach for a city that has debated for decades what to do with chronic street addicts who refuse help. Over the years, they've been arrested. They've been ignored. Their dysfunctional existence has been labeled a life choice. And now the paramedics who know them best are pairing with social workers to gently shake them awake by name on sidewalks, search for them in their encampments, check up on them in their hotels, and repeatedly plead with them to go into treatment.

The Homeless Outreach and Medical Emergency Team, or HOME Team, is tracking frequent users of paramedic services with a map of where the ambulances usually pick them up.

Some frequent users are isolated elderly residents. But most are homeless or marginally housed addicts, according to Maria X. Martinez, deputy director of city public health community programs, who tracked the data.

"We know if we don't intervene, they'll stay on the streets. We know these people will die on the streets," said Tangherlini, who as a paramedic has been seeing some of the same people for 10 years.

Progress can be slow and hindered by mental illness and stubbornness as well as by the city's bureaucracy.

The HOME Team's mornings start with a race to find out how many city-funded detox beds are vacant that day and to fill them with their clients before some other social worker does. There don't seem to be enough beds in treatment centers around the city.

On the recent Tuesday when Tangherlini encountered Clarence on Mission Street, just two spots were open.

That morning, the HOME Team's purple van took off with Tangherlini driving and another social worker by his side, in search of the people who need their help.

Clarence was at the top of their list because his illness is so advanced -- and because he's averaged five ambulance pickups a month.

(Many homeless people approached by The Chronicle declined to give their full identity, a common occurrence on the streets that can result from distrust, fear of authority or embarrassment.)

Once Tangherlini found Clarence, they engaged in a back-and-forth debate that went nowhere, even when Tangherlini, who is both gentle and relentless, hinted that if Clarence didn't enter detox immediately, the two police officers standing nearby would bust him for an open container the first chance they got.

Next on the list was Gina, a heroin addict with neglected sores on her legs often filled with maggots. She took more than 22 ambulance rides in the past year.

The HOME Team found her in a wheelchair outside a Mission District BART station.

Prepare yourself for the smell, Tangherlini instructed before leaving the van. "The only reason this woman is alive is because her wounds are infected with maggots." The parasites are eating away her gangrenous flesh.

He intended to put her in detox with or without her consent because her case is so extreme. Without consent, he'd have to declare her mentally unfit to provide for herself or a danger to others, invoke Welfare and Institution Code 5150, and put her away for 72 hours for mental evaluation and treatment and then have the city seek a longer conservatorship to keep her in treatment.

But Gina's legs were wrapped in new bandages. She said she just arrived "home" from the emergency room.

"I liked it at the hospital. Nice warm bed and methadone," she told Tangherlini.

Tangherlini turned his search to Fred Chappell, an alcoholic with a bad leg. By the time he found Chappell in the early afternoon, the two detox beds available earlier that day were gone.

Chappell was standing outside the Canon Kip supportive housing complex South of Market, where social workers had placed him this year.

He said he was drunk on cheap vodka. "I screwed up," he told Tangherlini, his watery eyes framed by thick, dark eyelashes.

Chappell has been to detox at least once before. On this last bender that brought him face to face with Tangherlini, the 55-year-old had lost his wallet and hadn't eaten for six days. There was no need for a lecture. Chappell wanted detox, and another bed became available.

Chappell hobbled into the van, which took him to a clinic doctor to receive medical clearance. Later, another city van would drive him to the detox center.

"Is it going to stick this time?" Chappell asked before Tangherlini left him in the waiting room.

"Yes, it's going to stick," Tangherlini replied.

But it didn't.

Tangherlini learned that Chappell left the waiting room and was picked up by an ambulance two days later on Potrero Avenue, where a bus driver kicked him off for being drunk. Paramedics took him to the city's McMillan sobering center in the Tenderloin.

Tangherlini said he got Chappell back into detox, but he stayed only six days.

Tangherlini also learned that Gina was back on heroin and didn't keep appointments with doctors about her legs. He anticipates he will have to have her locked up one day soon before her infection kills her.

Meanwhile, Clarence promised to meet Tangherlini another day on a corner in the Mission to go to detox, but he never showed.

Despite the slow progress with some clients, city leaders including Mayor Gavin Newsom and Fire Chief Hayes-White are calling the HOME Team a success since it started last October.

"The most extraordinary thing about it is the humanity behind it," Newsom said. "They're not giving up on people."

All but two of the city's top 10 users of paramedic services and emergency rooms stopped riding the ambulances for at least six months. Several accepted treatment and housing. A few were involuntarily sent to locked centers. A few more cycled back onto the streets and are back on the list.

Intervention has made a difference in two of the city's most publicized cases of public drunks. Paul Sanchez, who was picked up more than 100 times for being drunk in public, has been living in a locked board-and-care home in Vallejo for more than a year, according to public health officials. And Lou Dinarde, who chose to remain homeless in North Beach despite a trust fund from his deceased mother, also lives in a locked treatment center.

The HOME Team could be much more successful, Tangherlini said, if the city would use another state law tailored for sending addicts to detox against their will.

The mayor told The Chronicle that he is interested in implementing the rarely used law Welfare and Institution Code 5170, which allows cities to detain and treat public inebriates for 72 hours against their will without having to declare them mentally incompetent. The catch is that the law requires cities to have a special treatment center to house these addicts. That would cost money that San Francisco hasn't had or hasn't chosen to spend in that way.

Tangherlini said the hardest part of his job is having to make that final determination that some people just can't take care of themselves. "We have to accept there are certain people who have to be in a locked facility."

"I'm never going to give up on them," Tangherlini said.

E-mail Ilene Lelchuk at ilelchuk@sfchronicle.com.

San Francisco's top 10 ambulance users            The city  Department of Public Health has been tracking anyone picked up by paramedics  four or more times in a month since March 2004. Here are the most frequent  riders tracked between March 2004 and August 2005.                 Total      Contacts by      Patient   pickups      HOME Team*            1           126           7      2            97          23       3            80           4      4**          70          18      5            70          13      6            66           4      7**          66           4      8**          56          17      9            54          10      10           49           3            * Since Aug. 19, 2005      ** Not considered homeless. Some are marginally housed in hotels,  supportive housing or treatment centers.      Source: San Francisco Department of Public Health      The Chronicle   
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EMS Stories

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NAEMT members and all EMS providers:

I would personally like to commend everyone who continues to work on the
frontlines of the Hurricane relief efforts.  You are a true embodiment
of the EMS spirit to serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help
make a better world for all mankind, and all of us at NAEMT recognize
and admire your dedication.

In honor of your efforts on the Gulf Coast, and all EMS providers'
continuous contributions to saving and protecting lives every day, NAEMT
is reinforcing its commitment to educating the public on the important
role of EMS in first response and healthcare.
To put a face on EMS across America, we are looking for your stories.
As you can image, the events on the Gulf Coast have raised media
interest in first responders across America.  We have received a number
of inquiries from the media interested in hearing about your EMS rescue
experiences and success stories, not only in areas affected by the
hurricane, but in your everyday response across the country.
NAEMT encourages all members interested in sharing their rescue stories
and participating in media interviews to send their stories to
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Thanks for helping NAEMT spread the word about the good work of EMS
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Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!