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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Nov. 4, 1096, 1996 V4, #201
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Psoriasis Treatment Developed
A new treatment has been developed at the Hebrew University for the
relief of psoriasis, a skin disease affecting between 1.5 percent
and 2 percent of the world's population. Professor Shabtay Dikstein
produced an ointment containing a known drug, calcitriol, the
active form of vitamin D. The new ointment relieves the itching and
sores characteristic of psoriasis and heals them completely within
three to six weeks.
US Tracking Syrian Troop Movements
American satellites have detected unusual movement of Syrian units
which operate ground-to-ground Scud missiles. The US is reportedly
concerned by the movements and the pressure they might bring to
bear on Israel.
Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said the Syrian army is planning
a large exercise in the coming days, and that the IDF would respond
with measures to increase alertness without causing a deterioration
in the situation.
For nearly two months, two regiments of Syrian commandos trained in
airborne assault have been positioned on the northern slopes of
Mount Hermon. Behind them is a crack armored division transferred
from Beirut. These are in addition to the three regular Syrian
divisions positioned permanently opposite the Golan Heights.
"The Syrians have carried out a chain of events which allow them to
cut the time they need to go into action," said former chief of
general staff Ehud Barak. "We are now at one of the most sensitive
and tense times in the past 15 years." The fear is that if Assad,
whose goal is to get the Golan Heights back, feels piece talks are
deadlocked, he will opt for a limited military strike which could
be used as leverage for this aim. In the wake of such a battle,
Assad would expect foreign powers to force Israel to relinquish the
Meanwhile, the Jordanian paper Al Maggad, reports that according to
Iraqi opposition sources, Iraqi military forces, including
missiles, are moving towards the Syrian border in response to
heightened tension between Israel and Syria. The report added that
Iraq is calling up reserves and all roads leading to the Syrian
border have been blocked off to allow Iraqi forces a clear route to
In a related story, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi stated Syria and
Lebanon should go to war against Israel to reclaim territory.
"Syria and Lebanon have the right to ensure their self-defense and
to send their army...to liberate the Golan and south Lebanon,"
Security Alert in Effect
Police went on alert Saturday night and roadblocks were set up
around the country, after the security establishment received what
was characterized as "concrete information on plans by the Islamic
Jihad to carry out a terror attack." Many checkpoints have been
erected on the roads leading to Jerusalem, and IDF troops have been
stationed at the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Arabs met in Gaza City on Saturday to
commemorate the first anniversary of the killing of Islamic Jihad
leader Dr. Fatchi Shakaki, who was assassinated in Malta.
In a message read at the rally, Shakaki's successor, Ramadan
Abdullah Shallah, wrote: "The Israeli enemy should not forget for
a minute that all the world knows that all of Palestine is ours. We
will not concede a single meter. Our guns and our weapons will
continue to be aimed at our enemies ... until all of Palestine will
be liberated," Mahmoud Azahar, a senior leader of the Hamas Islamic
terror organization, told the rally.
Who Controls the Temple Mount?
A group from the PLO Authority Waqf has entered the offices of the
Jordanian Waqf and demanded its members leave the Temple Mount.
Ha'Aretz reported tension between the two religious authorities due
to their competition for control over the Temple Mount. The
Jordanian Waqf appealed for the help of Israel, which committed in
its piece treaty with Jordan to preserve its status at holy sites
The prime minister telephoned Yasir Arafat and requested that he
restrain the PLO Waqf representatives and return the situation to
the status quo. Arafat told Netanyahu that he was not aware of the
incident and promised to handle the issue. Arafat also spoke with
King Hussein about the incident. The two reportedly reached a
solution regarding the tension between PLO and Jordanian religious
authorities in Jerusalem.
In another story, the Waqf threatens to close the entry to
Hezekiah's Tunnel in Silwan if Israel continues collecting an
entrance fee from visitors. They claim that the site is under the
responsibility of the Waqf and not the municipality.
The Director of the Jerusalem Region of the Waqf, Adnan Al Husseini
held an emergency meeting and sent a letter to the municipality
warning that if the municipal workers do not leave the site "we
will close the place - because it complicates the complicated
situation in the city."
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