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Political Science Prof: P.A. Must Be Crushed

Prof. David Bukay of Haifa University's Political Science Department, speaking with Arutz-7, took a very clear stand: "Who cares which terrorist organization perpetrated the attack? What's important is that the PA is a terrorist organization, and that in 1993 we did not crush it, and that this continues to be the main problem right up until today. We have not yet understood that we must crush the Palestinian Authority."

Hamas Claims Responsibility for One of Two Suicide Bombings

By VOA News, & Ha'aretz

The Islamic militant group Hamas has claimed responsibility for one of two back-to-back suicide bombings against Israeli targets, marking its first open violation of a unilateral truce that was declared in June. The attacks killed at least two Israelis and wounded 13 others.

The claim of responsibility was issued on the website of Izzedine al Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, a group that frequently carries out suicide bombings. The group said it was behind the bombing at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Ariel and named the suicide bomber as one of the organization's activists from Nablus. The organization said the attack was meant to avenge the killing of two Hamas activists in a raid by Israeli soldiers Friday in Nablus.

Less than an hour earlier, another Palestinian blew himself up outside a supermarket in Rosh Ha'ayin, a town in central Israel. Israeli security officials said they believe this bombing was the work of renegade elements in the armed wing of Palestinian Chairman Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction.

Following the bombings, Israel announced it had suspended the release of 80 Palestinian prisoners, who were to be set free during the day. In response to the attacks, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he also held the Palestinian leadership directly responsible for the latest killings. A spokesman for Sharon said the bombings were the result of "inaction on the part of the Palestinian Authority," which he said had not dismantled terrorist organizations.

Speaking to a group of several hundred Jewish youths from overseas, Sharon said that Abbas had reneged on his commitment to act against the terror groups operating in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Israel won't be able to continue the (peace) process, despite its strong desire, if terrorism does not cease completely and the Palestinian Authority does not fulfill all its commitments. Israel will continue to strike at terrorists if the PA does not."

A Sharon spokesman said Israel is calling for Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to arrest members of militant Palestinian groups, disarm them, and break up their organizations. Abbas condemned the attacks and cut short his tour of Arab Gulf states to return to the Palestinian areas. He also condemned what he called "Israeli provocations." But he stressed that the Palestinian Authority would strive to uphold the self-declared truce by Palestinian armed groups and "maintain peace in the region."

Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, the first suicide bomber blew himself up inside a supermarket in the N'vei Afek neighborhood of eastern Rosh HaAyin. Yechezkel Yekutiel, 43, a repairman from Rosh HaAyin, was killed while making purchases.

An eyewitness gave the following report: "I was a few steps away from the building when I heard a tremendous boom. I didn't know what it was, but I instinctively ran towards it and saw inside the store smoke, fire, and a burnt body - apparently the terrorist. One woman, I think she's the manager of the store, was trying to help the people there, but I told her that she was hurt herself and I carried her out. Then I helped (other) people get out, but there was one young man who tried to pick himself up, but couldn't - and I couldn't get to him because of the fire."

Speaking to a group of several hundred Jewish youths from overseas, Sharon said that Abbas had reneged on his commitment to act against the terror groups operating in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Israel won't be able to continue the (peace) process, despite its strong desire, if terrorism does not cease completely and the Palestinian Authority does not fulfill all its commitments. Israel will continue to strike at terrorists if the PA does not."

Border Tensions with Israel are Easing, says Hizbullah

By Greg LaMotte (VOA-Cairo)

Officials with the terrorist group Hizbullah said tensions with Israel appear to be calming, following several days of border battles that resulted in the death of an Israeli teenager. Increased tensions between Israel and Lebanon began last Friday following a Hizbullah rocket attack on the disputed Shebaa Farms, a border area occupied by Israel since 1967 but claimed by Lebanon.

Hizbullah, a group on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations, initially said the attack was in retaliation for a car bombing it blamed on Israel that killed a member of the militia group. Israel responded with air attacks on several villages in southern Lebanon. Those attacks drew anti-aircraft fire that resulted in the death of an Israeli teenager.

Hizbullah spokesman Sheikh Hassan Ezz al-Din told VOA that last Friday's attack on Shebaa Farms was to defend Lebanese sovereignty. He said the purpose of the raid was to liberate Lebanese land because, he says, Shebaa Farms is on Lebanese soil that is occupied by Israel. He said it is Hizbullah's aim to defend the sovereignty of Lebanon against Israel's penetration of Lebanese air space.

Monday, Beirut was shaken by sonic booms after Israeli jets flew low over the capital. Lebanese President Emile Lahoud called the overflights air terrorism.

But according to Sami Baroudi, who heads the political science department at Lebanese-American University in Beirut, the sonic booms and the increased battles along Lebanon's southern border have not caused a great deal of concern among Lebanese citizens.

"The people sort of took it normally," said Baroudi. "It is not the first time that this happened. So, more or less, people did not react to it. So there is not really much of an impact of that air raid. About the situation in the south, people sort of get accustomed to these things taking place over Shebaa Farms. So there is not really this mood here that this is a prelude to something more serious. You do not feel the sense of urgency or something major is coming."

But such has not been the case politically. Lebanon has sent an urgent protest to the U.N. Security Council. On Monday, Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obeid began meetings with ambassadors of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to complain about what he called Israeli aggressions.

Israel has also complained to the Security Council over what it called Syria's continued support for Hizbullah. The United States has warned both Syria and Lebanon to restrain their militias.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned Israel against penetrating Lebanese airspace and has warned Lebanon regarding the dangers of anti-aircraft fire. Hizbullah officials in Beirut told VOA that the current situation appears to be calming, but warned there would be more anti-aircraft fire if Israeli jets fly over Lebanese territory.

New Israeli Device Enables Patients to Diagnose Heart Attack from Home

By IsraelFaxx News Services

Israeli firm SHL Telemedicine has manufactured a new device called the Telemarker, which allows patients with chest pain to administer a simple blood test at home and thereby accurately determine whether the discomfort they are feeling is really a heart attack or not without making a trip to the emergency room, ISRAEL21C reported.

The device automatically pricks the patient's skin for a blood sample, and carries out a test for two proteins - myoglobin and troponin. These proteins, normally found inside cells, are released into the blood when cells cease functioning, as in the case of a heart attack.

After 20 minutes, the device photographs the results and broadcasts them via modem to a monitoring center maintained by SHL, a physician's office or hospital, where they can be analyzed in real time. This data, combined with the information provided by existing SHL devices, can offer the medical team at the center the three main parameters required for the diagnosis of a heart attack: a clinical picture, an ECG reading and a blood test for cardiac markers.

According to Erez Alroy, Co-President of SHL Telemedicin, the product will not only be attractive to users, but to health care institutions as well. Use of the device will lower the number of previously unavoidable false hospitalizations, leading to a higher quality of life for patients, and ease a major financial burden on health care authorities.

The Telemarker has already been approved in Europe and is awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which it is expected to receive within the year.

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