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>JN Feb. 5, 1998, Vol 6, No. 22
US Air Force Emergency Hospital Set for Tel Aviv
The United States Air Force is planning to establish an
emergency hospital in the Tel-Aviv area. The Air Force European
Command published its tender to set up and operate the medical
facility for one year. According to Haaretz, it remains unclear if
the medical facility would be used to treat pilots of US servicemen
injured in the Persian Gulf.
Israel Plans Jerusalem Apartment Complex
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
Israel's Interior Ministry has approved a plan to build Jewish
housing in the heart of an Arab section of Jerusalem. That same
plan set off rioting one year ago.
The ministry approved the plan to build 132 apartments for Jews in
Ras al-Amud -- an old Arab neighborhood just across from the Old
City of Jerusalem. Also, 500 apartments would be built for Arabs.
But officials in the Israeli prime minister's office said they
would not allow the project to proceed for now, citing reasons of
national interest. An earlier move by Israelis to settle in the
neighborhood set off a round of protest and violence. Ras al-Amud
is in east Jerusalem -- the Palestinian part of the city recaptured by
Israel during the 1967 Mideast war and subsequently annexed to
Gulf Crisis Update -- Sarin
By IINS News Service
Sarin, (also known as GB, or isopropyl methylphosphanofluoridate)
is colorless and odorless and has the ability to mix with water.
It inhibits acetylcholinesterase, thus disrupting nerve impulse
transmission. Sarin is a nerve agent used in chemical warfare.
Nerve agents are considered the most toxic of the known chemical
Sarin is chiefly and most rapidly absorbed through the respiratory
tract; not appreciably absorbed through skin or eyes. The onset of
toxicity can occur within several minutes to a few hours, depending
upon the concentration of the Sarin; recovery takes at least two
According to US reports, Gulf War troops may have been exposed to
nerve agents, such as Sarin, during the destruction of an Iraqi
chemical weapons depot in 1991, and other such exposures may be the
cause of what has become known as the "Gulf War Syndrome."
Nerve agents are considered major military threats. The only
documented battlefield use of nerve agents was in the Iran-Iraq
conflict, but according to intelligence analysts, many countries
have the technology to manufacture nerve agent munitions, so the
potential for future human exposure is great.
Sarin is housed in munitions containers as a liquid, and following
detonation of the container it is dispersed as both a liquid and a
vapor. It becomes a collection of very small liquid droplets
suspended in the atmosphere, like an aerosolized solid rather than
a true gas. Certain factors such as temperature, wind velocity, and
the surface the agent comes in contact with, will affect how
readily the Sarin will evaporate and affect its target.
Sarin and other nerve agents can be dispersed from bombs, missiles,
spray tanks, rockets, land mines, and various other large
More Persons Traveling Abroad from Israel
By IINS News Service
According to the Central Bureau of statistics, 2 million Israelis
left the country for visits abroad during 1997, representing an 11
percent increase from the previous year. Of the travelers, 80
percent left via air travel. 17 percent visited the United States,
14 percent to Turkey and France, and 9 percent to Britain. The
average stay abroad was 12-days.
Kabalists to Make Seven Trips Around Israel
By IINS News Service
Many leading Kabalists in Jerusalem have decided that the crisis
situation requires spiritual intervention. Leading Kabalist Rabbi
David Batzri is planning to fly around the borders of Israel seven
times, while reciting special prayers to ward off the Iraqi
Batzri's son, in his father's name, requested that all those
wishing to pray should recite Psalm Number 20 daily, or several
times a day if possible.
By Arutz-7 News Service
Researchers at the Hebrew University Agriculture Department in
Rehovot, led by Dr. Varda Hershko, have presented their latest
development to heads of kibbutz factories: edible paper. The
edible paper, which bears an Israeli patent, is made of processed
seaweed, and is based on water-soluble polymers known as
Hershko said the edible paper is tasteless and odorless, and that
all the Kashruth issues have been solved under rabbinical
supervision. The paper can be useful for wrapping fruits and
vegetables in a manner that will prolong their shelf life, and will
obviate the need to remove the wrapping before eating the product.
(Editor's note: Was it originally developed for the Mossad?)
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