TEL AVIV: The remains of dozens of Palestinians killed by Israelis in fighting following the 1948 foundation of the Israeli state have been found in a mass grave in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa district.
An official at the Muslim cemetery there told AFP that the grisly find occurred on Wednesday when ground subsided as workers carried out renovations, revealing six chambers full of skeletons.
Jaffa fisherman Atar Zeinab, 80, says that as a teenager during the final months of fighting in 1948 he helped to collect the Arab dead in the area south of Jaffa and bring them for hasty burial in the cemetery, the area’s main graveyard.
“I carried to the cemetery 60 bodies during a period of three or four months,” he told AFP. “We used to find the people in the street and most of the time we didn’t know who they were.”
He said that the danger of being hit by flying bullets or grenade fragments was such that bodies were dumped one on top of the other in existing family crypts in the cemetery, contrary to Muslim custom.
“We carried them early in the morning or in the night,” he added. “We put women, children and men in the same place… nobody prayed for these people.”
Jaffa was at the time a Palestinian town, but there was an exodus of most of its Arab population when it fell to the fledgling Israeli army and rightwing Jewish militias.
In 1950 it was incorporated into the city of Tel Aviv which was renamed Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Today it has a mixed Arab and Jewish population.
Around 760,000 Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes in what they call the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” of 1948 and which Israel refers to as its “War of Independence”.
A new outbreak of Hepatitis A believed to be associated with frozen mixed berries purchased from Costco is being investigated by multiple agencies, including the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. At least 30 illnesses are involved, including five in Colorado.
A hepatitis A outbreak in five states has been traced to frozen berries from an Fairview-based grower, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health.
A news release said that 30 people in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada have developed the liver disease since April 29. The common link appears to be Townsend Farms frozen berries from Costco.
The release identified Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, which includes cherries, blueberries, pomegranate seeks, raspberries and strawberries. The release said Costco has removed the product from its shelves.
But there has not been a recall.
No one from Costco or Townsend Farms, based in Fairview, was immediately available for comment.
The release said that the Food and Drug Administration is testing the berries for hepatitis A, which has an incubation period of about 30 days. The statement warned there could be more cases.
About eight people have developed hepatitis A in Oregon since the beginning of the year, said William Keene, senior epidemiologist with the state’s Public Health Division. They’ve all been interviewed by county health officials, he said, and some had traveled out of the country. Many hepatitis A cases in the United States are traced to abroad. But Keene also said that though everyone’s been interviewed by country health officials that those questionnaires do no typically involve extensive probing about food consumption.
Hepatitis A is spread through fecal contamination, either directly from an infected person or through contaminated food or water.
This is not the only hepatitis A outbreak right now linked to berries. About 90 people in Europe have been sickened in what appears to be two separate outbreaks. In one, more than 70 people in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland became infected starting in February. European officials suspect that frozen berries from Egypt were the cause. The other outbreak, with 15 sickened in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland, was traced to frozen berries from Italy.
Colorado health officials urged anyone who has consumed the Townsend berries in the past 14 days to see a medical professional. A hepatitis A vaccine can prevent infection if given within that time period.
A guest post by an author who wishes to remain anonymous.
I remember waking up on my 23rd birthday and deciding today was the day I had to acknowledge the pregnancy I had been carrying since February — my birthday is in August. Although I had been raised in a solidly pro-choice family, I was incredibly ashamed of myself for getting pregnant and found that denial was the easy out. I tried everything I could in the beginning to force miscarriage; I remember hitting myself in the stomach, getting so drunk I would hold a trash bag to throw up into and then drink more, and taking every medication I had in my little apartment in the hopes that something would work. Nothing did.
My boyfriend was living in another state and I will never forget the phone call I made from our little apartment to tell him the news. I’m lucky today that I can call him husband; it was this pregnancy situation that helped me see what a wonderful man he is. After hearing about the pregnancy, he resigned his internship and jumped on a plane the next day to come home. We went to our local clinic and, of course, were told I was too far along for them to help. 24 weeks pregnant. 24 weeks.
We went to see a later abortion provider 70 miles away and were again told no. We traveled three hours to another clinic, but I was just days beyond their limit. Another no. But they had one last little tiny bit of hope. As we left the clinic one of the women behind the counter handed me a card with a name and a phone number written on it: Dr. George Tiller, 316-684-5108. Little did I know, this card would change my life.
My boyfriend and I made the long drive back home and made the phone call. The woman on the other end of the line was one of the kindest, most caring individuals I had ever spoken with. She didn’t start the call asking how far along I was or how much money I had, she asked if I was okay. She walked me through the scheduling process with care and love, and checked in with me multiple times in the days before we again made the long trip to Dr. Tiller’s clinic.
I was terrified as I rode in the car, couldn’t sleep the night before we went to the clinic for the first time, and watched my hands shake as we walked into the clinic for the first time. We couldn’t afford to pay the cost of the abortion on our own but were lucky my parents agreed to help us with funding; many women don’t have this luxury. Later I would learn of many funds throughout the United States who exist solely to help women pay for their abortions.
From the moment we checked in it was clear this was the place I was supposed to be. Looking across the room at the faces of the people who were there with us: husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, mother and fathers with their daughters, I felt less alone; I wasn’t the only one. As Dr. Tiller walked into the room, everyone silenced. He smiled. “Welcome,” he said. His first word was exactly how I felt.
I was lucky to have Dr. Tiller provide my abortion. I was lucky to have been taken care of by his incredible staff. I was lucky to be part of the program he had built for his clients, including counseling, care, and love that was needed during a very difficult time. When it was time for us to return home, I remember feeling conflicted. I didn’t want to leave this safe space. I wanted to stay here with the people who understood and supported what I had just been through, but I knew it was time to go home, and I knew I had support in Wichita whenever I needed it. I was ready to move on and not let this experience hold me back. Thank you Dr. Tiller for your wonderful care. You are missed every day.
Major Oops! Wonder if farmers and brokers will sue Monsanto???
More potential economic fallout from the discovery of genetically modified wheat growing on an eastern Oregon farm: Japan postponed a routine purchase from a Portland grain company pending outcome of a federal agricultural investigation, and now South Korea has suspended imports.
The Reuters news agency said other Asian nations — the principle markets for soft white wheat grown in Oregon and Washington — have stepped up inspections but stopped short of banning inmports.
Earlier this week, Japan postponed a 25,000 ton order from Columbia Grain, a shipping company that operates out of the Port of Portland. Company officials expect the order eventually will be affirmed and shipped as scheduled in June or July, but said Japanese buyers are awaiting outcome of the investigation.
New research from Canada shows that genetically engineered (GE) salmon readily breed with a different species of fish: brown trout. This is a major finding, showing that escaped GE salmon could widely disseminate their genes into the ecosystem beyond native Atlantic salmon stocks.
It gets worse. The GE salmon-trout hybrids express “competitive dominance” over other fish in a simulated wild setting, substantially suppressing their growth.
What all this presents is an unambiguous environmental risk: escaped GE salmon may mate with other species of fish in whatever watershed they escape into, producing hyper-competitive hybrids that will outcompete native stocks for resources. The scientists behind the study prominently note that this issue needs to be “explicitly considered when assessing the environmental consequences should transgenic animals escape to nature.”
Not a good sign for Lebanon democracy or peace – Citing the continuing civil war in neighboring Syria, Lebanese lawmakers have agreed to put off elections scheduled for June by 17 months. Spillover violence into Lebanon had raised serious doubts about the poll.
Friday’s decision by Lebanese parliamentarians also cited ongoing political deadlock in the country as a reason for pushing back the election to November 2014. The move amounts to parliament effectively extending its own session. Contentious election reform measures were also unlikely to be completed by the June election.
A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed on Chicago’s South Side Thursday. Patrick Sykes, who had moved to California six months ago to escape the violence and returned home last week for his summer break, was shot three times. Sykes’s father was reportedly killed two years ago about two blocks from Thursday’s shooting and his murder remains unsolved. Seven others were shot between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning across the city.