Swede leaps to death at Israeli airport

A Swedish tourist died early on Monday morning after jumping over a safety railing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The man first threw his son over the railing, but the eight year old boy survived the drop.

Two eyewitnesses saw the man lift his son and throw him onto the railway tracks at the airport from a height of 7 or 8 metres, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

“Immediately thereafter he jumped also, suffering fatal injuries. Resuscitation efforts were administered immediately on the man, but he died almost instantaneously. The boy was taken in moderate to serious condition to Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer,” police commander Maurice Harush told Army Radio.

One of the witnesses, a cleaning worker, “waved at an approaching train that came slowly into the station, managing to stop the train barely several metres before it would have hit them,” said Harush.

According to Israeli police, the man and his son arrived in the country on 8th February. Police do not know how they spent their time in Israel.

“They were meant to board a flight to Vienna [on Sunday], and they probably missed their flight. They stayed at the terminal since then,” said Harush.

Swedish authorities have contacted the man’s family to advise of the death.

An Israeli police investigator has questioned the boy, who is said to be responsive, Haaretz reports.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime