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Continental Moving to Accommodate Orthodox Passengers
In a move to accommodate Sabbath observant travelers, Continental Airlines announced
that beginning in October, coinciding with the changeover to standard time, flights from
NYC to Tel Aviv would leave two hours earlier on Thursday.
The flights leaving on Thursday will leave earlier to enable passengers to arrive in
Ben-Gurion International Airport ahead of the early winter Sabbath. (Editor's Note: On a
recent Continental flight, this reporter was told that effective Sept. 4th, "specialty"
(including kosher) meals would no longer be served on Continental flights.)
Islamic Jihad Claims Negohot Shooting Attack That Killed Two
The Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for Friday's shooting attack in the West
Bank settlement of Negohot, in which two Israelis, including a baby girl, were killed and
two others lightly wounded, Israel Radio reported Sunday. Killed in the attack were Eyal
Yiberbaum, 27, and seven-month-old Shaked Avraham.
Palestinian sources said the gunman was 22-year-old Mahmoud Hamedan from the village of
Durrah, south of the West Bank city of Hebron. Hamedan was released from an Israeli prison
two months ago, after serving a 14-month sentence.
The gunman infiltrated the isolated settlement Friday, at around 9:30 p.m., from the
northwest, through an area not enclosed by a fence. Armed with an M-16 assault rifle, he
knocked on the door of one of the homes on the edge of the
settlement. Yiberbaum, who was visiting the home for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, opened the
door and was critically wounded when the gunman opened fire. He died a short time
The owner of the house and a soldier opened fire at the gunman, who tried to escape,
firing a number of rounds while running outside. Shots fired at another home hit and
critically wounded the seven-month-old baby girl, who also
died a short while later. An army reserve unit that rushed to the scene killed the
Government officials blamed Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority for not stopping such
violence. The officials refused to say whether Israel would now speed up efforts to expel
Arafat. Israel has not said when it would take action
against the Palestinian leader, but it is believed the trigger could be a major
Palestinian terror attack with many
Friday's shooting attack in the settlement of Negohot, came as Jews in Israel were
celebrating the first night of Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year -, which began at
sundown Friday and ended Sunday evening. "The Palestinians have started the Jewish New
Year with another bloody terrorist attack," said David Baker, an official in the Prime
Minister's Office. "It's obvious that they've taken a New Year's resolution to continue
with their trail of terror against Israel."
Arafat Loyalist Named as New Palestinian Security Chief
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
As Palestinians marked the third anniversary of their infitada, or uprising, Yasir
Arafat's Fatah party put together a new cabinet, which replaces a U.S.-backed security
chief with an Arafat loyalist. The move is seen as a setback for the so-called road map to
peace. The new cabinet will be headed by the prime minister-designate, Ahmed Qureia. He
replaces Mahmoud Abbas, who resigned earlier this month, after losing a power struggle
with Arafat over the control of the security forces.
Arafat's Fatah faction has ousted Mohammed Dahlan, the man Abbas had selected as his
security chief, from the new cabinet. Arafat's long-time ally, a Palestinian police force
commander, Maj.-Gen. Nasser Yousef, replaces him.
Dahlan enjoyed the support of the U.S. administration, even though he had refrained
from dismantling and disarming Palestinian militia groups. Observers believe it is even
less likely that Yousef will move against these organizations, because of his loyalty to
Arafat. Also, the way the new cabinet is formed, Arafat will continue to have overriding
power over the Palestinian Authority, including security.
Iranian FM Warns Israel Not to Strike Nuclear Facilities
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, denying his country has "any program to produce
weapons of mass destruction," warned Israel that Iran would respond to any strike on its
In an interview aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Kharazi said the possibility of an
Israeli military strike on its
nuclear program was "a threat, no question." Israel has warned that Iran's nuclear program
posed a threat
to the world and was reportedly considering such a strike if Iran is pursuing a nuclear
Kharazi said: "Israel knows if it commits such an action, it would be reacted." He
declined to be more specific, saying simply "there will be a response" if Israel launched
such a strike.
Early last week, Iran paraded six of its newly deployed medium-ranged missiles, which
military analysts say could reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf. Iran insists its
nuclear scientists are not working on a weapons program but are trying to meet the
country's soaring electricity demand.
"Certainly, we don't have any program to produce weapons of mass destruction, that is
for sure," Kharazi said in the interview taped on Saturday evening.
Weizmann Scientist's Cancer Diagnosis Technique Gets FDA Clearance
By Israel Faxx News Services
Thanks to a diagnostic imaging technique that should soon be finding its way to medical
establishments, many patients could be spared the pain and risk of biopsies. The
technique, called 3TP, has recently received FDA clearance for use in the detection of
breast and prostate cancer, and is slated for distribution as early as next year. It will
enable doctors to distinguish between malignant tumors and benign lumps by scanning
instead of cutting.
3TP (Three Time Point) makes use of existing MRI scanners, and a safe contrast agent
that is injected into the patient. MRI scans the suspected tumor site repeatedly over a
period of several minutes. The software developed for the method analyzes three of the MRI
images, one before and two after the injection (hence the name 3TP), and then creates a
colored likeness of the breast or prostate area based on the resulting data. A
preponderance of red in the picture indicates malignancy, while mainly blue and green are
signs of a benign growth.
The procedure, developed by Prof. Hadassa Degani and her research group at the Weizmann
Institute of Science Biological Regulation Dept., arose from her research on the
development of cancerous tumors. Typically, malignancies, which need a steady supply of
oxygen and nutrients in order to grow, contain many small, new blood vessels. Blood flow
in and out of the area of the tumor is usually accelerated. Tumor cells are distributed
unevenly, with areas of densely packed cells that have tighter between-cell spaces than
Israel Ranks Second in Global Chicken Consumption
Israel ranks second in the global community regarding chicken consumption, behind the
United States. The Of Tov factory in Beit Shean reported it would supply the marketplace
with over 500,000 birds this week, in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday.
The annual poultry market in Israel is holding at NIS 2 billion, an impressive figure
by any account. Some believe the nation's favorite food may be moving from falafel to
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