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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
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
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
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
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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