Palestinian terrorists kill 5 at Israeli synagogue; Kerry blasts attack as "pure result of incitement"


A terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood left five people – four rabbis and a Druze police officer – dead and several others injured Tuesday when two Palestinians entered during morning prayers armed with knives, an ax, and a pistol and attacked worshipers inside. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in London, called the attack “an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder” that was “a pure result of incitement.” The attack had been praised by officials from Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Fatah. Palestinian officials, up to and including President Mahmoud Abbas, have for weeks used Palestinian media, including PA-run news outlets and Fatah’s official Facebook page, to make inflammatory remarks about Jews and Israelis. Abbas issued a condemnation following Tuesday’s attack but was blasted by Israeli officials who slammed the Palestinian leader for weeks of incitement that they claimed have led to a string of attacks against Israelis, including last week’s murder of a soldier at a Tel Aviv bus station and the attempted assassination of an Israeli activist in Jerusalem in October. Following the Tuesday attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Palestinian officials for “daily, hourly incitement” against Israel. Netanyahu had, following comments made by Abbas last month, warned that continued Palestinian incitement regarding Jerusalem risked generating violence. In Secretary Kerry’s statement Tuesday, he called on Palestinian leadership to “begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement that comes from their language.” Tuesday’s attack, which The New York Times noted was the worst attack in Jerusalem in six years, brought the number of people with American citizenship killed in the latest wave of Palestinian violence to four – the State Department confirmed hours after the attack that three of the victims were U.S.-born – following the murder last month of a three-month-old baby, leading CNN reporter Jake Tapper to tweet that “More people with American citizenship have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the last year than have been killed by ISIS.”


The incidence of strokes and death in the wake of strokes have declined dramatically in the last 24 years, but according to a new study from Israel, the progress is not consistent across all age groups. Researchers from Israel and the US discovered that while there has been a 24 percent decline per decade in first-time strokes, young people remain as vulnerable to stroke as ever. In contrast, a 20 percent drop per decade in deaths after strokes has not impacted the over-65s, where mortality rates are holding firm. The new research, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was conducted by Dr. Silvia Koton of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Prof. Josef Coresh of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a team of experts at Hopkins, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Arizona. “If the obesity epidemic in the US and other countries progresses as expected, the incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels will rise, and millions will face an increased risk of stroke,” says Koton. “Stroke is not only the number four cause of death in the US, but the leading cause of long-term disability in adults. As a result, the prevention of strokes is crucial.” The study based its findings on data presented by Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) research, which monitored 15,792 residents between the ages of 45 and 64 in four US communities starting in the late 1980s. In the new study, researchers followed the progress of 14,357 participants who were free of stroke in 1987, with an eye to stroke hospitalizations and deaths between 1987-2011. Extensive information was collected through interviews and physical exams in the late 1980s, and in three follow-up visits conducted through the 90s. In addition to the check-ups, annual phone interviews were conducted as well as active surveillance of discharges from local hospitals until December 31, 2011. The researchers hope their findings will provide a basis for future studies that focus on the reasons for age disparities in stroke incidence and subsequent mortality. (via Israel21c)

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