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Jerusalem Family Poisoned By Chemical Weapons Agent - Exterminator Arrested In Possible Terrorist Attack

January 22, 2014

MIM: The article does not mention if the "exterminator" was a Muslim but the fact that a "deliberate" and "terrorist" attack is being considered a possibility show that the perpetrator was a Muslim. This would not be the first time a Jewish family was poisoned by Muslim workers. In 2012 a Jewish family was hospitalized in critical condition when they drank lemonade which had been poisoned by Arab workers who had access to their house.

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Jerusalem Toddlers Killed by Suspected 'Chemical Weapons Agent'

Infants aged four and two killed in family poisoning; pest exterminator arrested.

Tova Dvorin

The four year-old daughter of a Jerusalem family poisoned in their Givat Mordechai home has died Wednesday, as disturbing new information about the material responsible surfaces.

Dr. Ovadiah Shemesh, Deputy Director of Jerusalem's Sha'arei Tzedek hospital, revealed that the poison responsible for killing a 2-year old and a 4 year-old and hospitalizing the rest of their family is the same material used in chemical weapons in Syria

Investigators have named the material as Phosphine, a powerful poison that is flammable, odorless, and difficult to detect.

"The substance can be used as a pesticide - as long as strict safety procedures are followed," Dr. Shemesh stated to Channel 2. "However, what we're dealing with is someone - probably a professional - who distributed the poison in an enclosed room two days ago."

He revealed that the family had experienced side effects of the poison as early as Tuesday night, including diarrhea and vomiting. Dr. Shemesh also revealed more disturbing news: there is no medication to help alleviate the poison's effects.

"There is no medication available to treat poisonings like this," he elaborated. "We treat patients exposed to the substance with oxygen treatments and fluid regimens to help the body stabilize."

"We are talking about the same poison that was used in the Syrian chemical weapons attacks," he continued. "I have encountered cases of exposure before, but never something as tragic as this."

Magen David Adom (MDA) medics rushed to the family's Givat Mordechai home Wednesday after the family's youngest children fell unconscious. The family's 2 year-old daughter was found dead at the scene; two other children, 6 and 8, are in serious condition; and both parents are in light to moderate condition.

Investigators have yet to determine whether or not this is a deliberate attack or an act of terrorism. Police arrested the exterminator responsible for the pesticide Wednesday afternoon.

Jerusalem: Poison on Scene 'the Highest Level Ever Recorded'

Fire commander tells Arutz Sheva that poison found in Givat Mordechai apartment which killed two infants was at record-breaking levels.

Tova Dvorin

Commander Reshef Eli Basson, whose fire brigade unit arrived at the scene of a Jerusalem family's poisoning Wednesday, revealed to Arutz Sheva that the poison levels at the Givat Mordechai home were the highest ever recorded.

Basson stated that when the meter was brought out, the toxicity level astounded his team - to the point where "I wondered how the exterminator could have left his materials inside the apartment."

"Jerusalem residents have suffered a difficult week," he continued. "I advise everyone to be careful."

Basson is referring to this week's double tragedy: Wednesday's poisoning of a Givat Mordechai family, which killed a 2 year-old and a 4 year-old and left two older children hospitalized in serious condition, and Sunday's gas explosion in Gilo, which killed a young couple and their infant son.

Wednesday's tragedy occurred after an exterminator left highly toxic materials - the same agents used in Syria's chemical weapons - in the apartment's enclosed security room, also known as the "Mamad" or bomb shelter.

Apparently, the security room's seal was less effective than the storage requirements for the chemical require, and the poison spread throughout the apartment over several days. The exterminator has been arrested and an investigation has been launched.

The family's youngest children, ages 2 and 4, died from the poison Wednesday. The rest of the family has been recovering - albeit slowly - as no medication exists to treat the poison, according to hospital staff.

It has also been released that the family visited a Terem medical center Tuesday after complaining of symptoms similar to a stomach virus from the poisoning. The family was told to take paracetamol and prescribed medication for morning sickness to take the next morning.
Palestinian Authority Arab Poisoned Jewish Family He Worked For

New terror method? A PA Arab burglarized an apartment home and poisoned a Jewish family he worked for. The victims have recovered.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

A Palestinian Authority Arab and two Israeli Arabs burglarized an apartment home and poisoned a Jewish family they worked for last November, police revealed Sunday. "I hate Jews," the PA Arab told investigators.

The wo other Arabs from the "Triangle" area near Netanya also were charged with the burglary, but denied being involved in the poison attack.

Police said Adnan Otman Nassarah, 46, from the Shechem area in Samaria (Shomron) burglarized the Lerner family apartment in Raanana, near Tel Aviv, while carrying out renovation work.

The thieves had access to the home because the Lerner's knew and trusted the contractor for whom the men worked and gave him the keys . When Eyal Lerner returned home one day, he discovered that items were missing. When police came to investigate, he fainted after drinking grapefruit juice that was on the table. Lerner has said that the juice had a strange taste.

A later investigation revealed it was laced with poison. A volunteer policeman, Lerner's wife Yifat and their two and half-year-old son also became ill after drinking filtered water, that later was found to contain cleaning liquid.

All were hospitalized in light condition, except for Eyal, who was in serious condition until making a full recovery.

Eyal Lerner told Israeli radio, "We lock the apartment a lot better now." He added that after having made a full recovery, he feels better that the culprits have been arrested. Police advised, "Don't give keys to anyone you cannot rely on."

"I was not difficultly to realize that we were burglarized, because the television was missing." Yifat Lerner said. "Our camera also disappeared."

The two workers from the Triangle area were charged with burglary, and Nassarah additionally was charged with attempted murder.

During the investigation, Arabs in Nassarrah's village of Beit Furik stoned soldiers and police when they arrived at the house. They found poison in his home and also found stolen items in the home of one of the Arabs living in the Triangle.

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