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>JN Nov. 21, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 215

Rabbinical Students Attacked, One Dead

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Unidentified gunmen shot at Jewish seminary students in Jerusalem's Old City early Thursday, killing one and severely wounding another.

The two students, both in their 20s, were on their way from their seminary to their dormitory when the shooting happened. Both buildings are in the Muslim quarter of the walled Old City, and the movement which operates the school is dedicated to buying property in the Muslim quarter and moving in Jews and Jewish institutions.

The Old City is holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians, and was part of Jordan from 1948 until the 1967 war. The Palestinians want it to become part of their future capital, but Israel says that will never happen.

The Israeli police say the shooting with a Russian-made Kalishnikov automatic rifle was probably a terrorist attack by Palestinian militants, and government officials immediately blamed the Palestinian Autonomy Authority for lax security.

Israel controls jerusalem, but officials say they assume the attack was orchestrated by militants based in Palestinian territory, as were two other attacks in Jerusalem in recent months, which left 21 Israelis dead.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned senior security officials to a meeting Thursday morning, and later announced an increase in police patrols in the Old City and the installation of a police post at the location of the shooting. Netanyahu said Israel will not falter in its determination to fight terrorism or to retain control of all of Jerusalem. He is demanding a Palestinian crackdown on militant groups as a condition for resuming the peace process.

Israeli Study: Garlic May Eventually Replace Antibiotics

Now science confirms it: a study performed in Israel has revealed, for the first time, the biological and molecular mechanism that lends garlic its unique medical properties. In the course of the study, the scientists created the main active agent in garlic by means of a semi-artificial process -- and took out a world patent on it. The reason: this substance may serve as a basis for innovative pharmaceuticals that may eventually replace antibiotics.

The study, carried out by Professor David Mirelman, vice president of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Professor Meir Wilcak, dean of the Institute's faculty of biochemistry, revealed the molecular mechanism of the active agent in garlic, allicin, which enables garlic to fight infectious and vascular diseases.

Using a special and original biotechnological system that they had developed, the researchers produced large quantities of allicin through a semi-synthetic process, thus paving the way to the use of this substance as the basis for pharmaceuticals. One of the severe problems overcome by the Israeli scholars is that natural allicin remains active for a very short time -- a matter of minutes -- from the moment it is extracted from the garlic to the time its volatility causes it to disappear.

Genesis 1:1 -- In the beginning...

In the beginning God Created heaven and the earth. Quickly He was faced with a class action suit for failure to file an environmental impact statement. He was granted a temporary permit for the project, but was stymied with the Cease and Desist order for the earthly part.

Appearing at the hearing, God was asked why He began His earthly project in the first place. He replied that He just liked to be creative. Then God said, "Let there be light." Officials immediately demanded to know how the light would be made. Would there be strip mining? What about thermal pollution? God explained that the light would come from a huge ball of fire. God was granted provisional permission to make light, assuming that no smoke would result from the ball of fire, that He would obtain a building permit, and (to conserve energy) would have the light out half the time. God agreed and said He would call the light "Day" and the darkness "Night." Officials replied that they were not interested in semantics.

God said, "Let the earth bring forth green herb and such as many seed." The EPA agreed so long as native seed was used. Then God said, "Let waters bring forth creeping creatures having life; and the fowl that may fly over the earth." Officials pointed out this would require approval from the Department of Game coordinated with the Heavenly Wildlife Federation and the Audubongelic Society.

Everything was OK until God said He wanted to complete the project in six days. Officials informed Him it would take at least 200 days to review the application and the environmental impact statement. After that there would be a public hearing. Then there would be 10-12 months before... At this point, God created Hell.

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