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September 12, 2014  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Israeli policeman indicted in beating of Tampa teen

JERUSALEM — The Israeli Border Police officer shown in a video beating Palestinian-American teenager Tariq Abu Khdeir of Tampa has been indicted on a charge of assault against a minor.

The Justice Ministry did not provide the name of the officer, who was suspended in July. During the police investigation, “evidence was found supporting the guilt of the police officer suspected of severe violent crimes,” according to Ministry.

Tariq, 15, was assaulted in an incident caught on video during Palestinian riots in eastern Jerusalem three days after his cousin Muhammed Abu Khdeir was killed in the Jerusalem Forest. The killing was believed to be revenge following the kidnapping and slaying of three Israeli teens.

Tariq was arrested for allegedly taking part in the riots while covering his face with a kaffiyah and carrying a slingshot. The teen said he was running away from the riots and did not throw rocks at police.

In a video that garnered widespread attention internationally, Tariq is shown being pinned down by an Israeli border policeman while another office pummels him with his feet and kicks his head. According to the indictment Tariq was not resisting arrest.

Study: Test all women of Ashkenazi descent for BRCA

JERUSALEM —All women of Ashkenazi descent should be screened from age 30 for the BRCA gene mutation that causes breast cancer, an Israeli study recommends. The study was conducted by researchers, headed by Ephrat Levy- Lahad of Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Until now, Ashkenazi women have been tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes only if a close blood relative had breast or ovarian cancer or were identified as carrying the gene.

The research was conducted on a random group who did not necessarily have a family history of the disease. Many of the women identified during the study as being mutation carriers would not have known otherwise, according to the study. The mutation can be handed down to women through their fathers.


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