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Boston Marathon Blasts: Doctor Credits Israelis With Helping Set Up Disaster Team (VIDEO)

April 15, 2013 7:52 pm 32 comments

Alastair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. Photo: Screenshot.

Hours following a pair of blasts at the Boston Marathon that left 2 dead and up to 100 wounded according to reports, a chief doctor at the hospital where many of the patients are being treated credited Israelis with teaching his team how to respond to such disastrous attacks.

“About two years ago in actual fact we asked the Israelis to come across and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in this kind of manner,” said Alasdair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, responding to a question about the preparedness of his staff to handle trauma on this scale.

Earlier in the interview Conn was asked, “Would you characterize these as almost something you would see in a military setting?”

“Oh absolutely, absolutely  this is like a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in Baghdad, or Israel or some other tragic place in the world,” he responded.

The doctor updated reporters on the horrific nature of the injuries sustained by the victims and the steps his team was taking to treat them.

While little concrete information is available about who was responsible for the attack, the New York Post is reporting that, “Law enforcement sources confirmed to The Post that authorities have a identified a suspect, a Saudi national.” (Update: Authorities have denied the reports).


  • It would be useful to have more information from Dr. Conn on who the Israelis were (names, affiliations, how many) who provided Mass. Gen. Hospital with the training — which was what, precisely? == that helped its physicians and other staff prepare for a bombing tragedy. When, precisely, were they at Mass. Gen., how long did they stay, who did they train, where did they stay? “Inquiring minds want to know.”

    • This is the most stupid comment I ever heard.
      Israel is on every technological al medial field.
      Maybe you all ready are using some of Israel technology without knowing .

  • I think I just read the most ridiculous words EVER. The person said it seemed lieke this was a CON interview..people are so stupid it makes me sick. What is the matter with you???? who the hell are you? If I were you DAVID,I would shoot myself in the head,you have no purpose on this earth…and I am not a violent person.

  • if they want to find who is responsible they should try the local synagog

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    אין משמעות לטרור! סתם תוהו ובוהו לגרם פחד כללי. התשובה, לא לפחד. להתכונן. לשים לב סביבה. להמשיך בחיים כרגיל. עצוב מאוד!

  • Dr. A. Conn? this interview sounds like “a con”.

    • Identity confirmed!

      Alasdair K. Conn, MD
      Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine

      Alasdair Keith Thurburn Conn, MD is Chief of Emergency Services and a visiting surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Conn is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

      Phone: 617-724-4123

    • Hey David I thought the same thing! It’s almost like this interview was scripted.

    • David, you sound like a culprit – theres no time for “cons”with terrorism

    • And you sound like a sick puppy!!

    • And you sound like a sick puppy!

    • Janet Clifford

      Why does it sound like a con or scripted? The man is a doctor not a news reporter I live in the UK we are running the London marathon on Sunday I just cannot understand why you are criticizing this man. Surely it cannot be because he gives Israel the credit for helping?

    • for the skeptics…just Google Dr. Alasdair Conn and you’ll see the credentials that were listed in the article and in the interview.

    • G-d bless Dr. Conn, all those who help terror victims, and anybody who trains them, including the Israeli team who came here. David, you big fat moron, you, shut your stupid mouth, please.

  • Yours quite right Edward, are we picking up bad habits from the “other” side who purposally and systematically write unconfirmed facts and in fact lies about innocent people and governments to further their illegitimate hates.

    Yet I think this article has referenced it’s claim.

    G-d save America and it’s allies.

  • What a tragedy. I thought that Pres. Obama had eliminated the threat from Al Qaeda. But it appears that Muslim terror continues.

    • Why would you think terrorism is over? It will NEVER be over. Bush’s daddy started this war, his son felt the need to start it again and it’s been going ever since. You can never eradicate terrorism when they believe that everyone in the world should convert to their religion and if they don’t, kill them! So how can terrorism ever be over? Then you have the idiots right here in America that sets of bombs killing people that aren’t even related to al qaeda (no caps for them). If you go back even further though, crap was happening from of Osama Bin Laden before Bush started this war.

    • David Hoodin

      Muslim terror??? Isn’t that a premature conclusion?

    • Christian Warren ~ US Marine 2006-2010

      How quickly do the sheep forget that the wolf forever remains lurking in the shadows waiting to devour the innocent, yet remains at bay only because of the unending devotion of a few American sheep dogs.

      We rise each day to take a stand and meet the threat that you believe does not exist, yet forgetful and ungrateful you remain.

      • Christian, no one underestimates the training and courage of the Marines. Recall that at the disastrous Chosen Reservoir battle in Korea, the Marines planned ahead and got out relatively OK, whereas the bumbling Army, no stratetic goals, zero tactical planning, suffered terrible losses of men who did not deserve to be so badly led.

        No one with half a brain fails to realize that there is a real threat from religious fanatics.

        But there’s a difference between REAL strategic planning — such as the time-server general staff
        and their ignorant, oil-biased civilian “leaders”. rejected.

        If you have the chops, do some research on how and why the Bush Administration (led by the real President, Dick Cheney), send so many gallant Marines to death and lifelong injury.

        Here’s just ONE of many, many sites examining the rush to war by this gang of criminals, who blew off a strategic plan “The Future of Iraq” that was created by a group of informed thinkers with experience in the Middle East — which the Bushies did not have nor cared to acquire.

    • You do realize that it says right in the article that the report of a Saudi national being picked up for the bombing is not true, right? Other news sources have said it was a white guy, which also has been denied. Stop leaping to conclusions and maybe there would be more actual justice in the world and less violence and hatred because of judging someone for the color of their skin or whatever god they worship.

  • May G-d grant them a complete and quick recovery. May we see a world at peace.
    tzilia from Jerusalem

  • Luigi Rosolin

    I’m deeply sorry for such criminal action,political motivation are not excuse for doing so. My deepest sympathy to family victim and the injury one. Good that Israel had prepared the medical staff for such terrible eventuality. Is life saving. Hope this will help to understand the brutality the Jewish are facing continually, and will been more support of the USA against the attacker from neighbor.

  • Are we done yet? Are we willing to DO what it takes to STOP THIS MADNESS?

  • jb willikers

    Drat! Everywhere you turn. Foiled again by those Israeli’s

  • Ali Pournourbakhsh

    God bless Israel.

  • Edward Idell

    This is a wonderful story, but I have to question your journalistic wisdom in linking to a rumor, proved to be false, published in the NY Post, no less, that a Saudi National was being held as a suspect. I am very disappointed that you published this when no credible source was reporting it. It has now been confirmed by the Boston PD to be false. I am wondering what motivated this lapse.

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