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Tiniest "Medical Kit" Can Fight Cancer In-Vitro


The world's smallest computer (around a trillion can fit in a drop of water) might one day go on record again as the tiniest medical kit. Made entirely of biological molecules, this computer, developed by the Weizmann Institute of Science, was successfully programmed to identify - in a test tube - changes in the balance of molecules in the body that indicate the presence of certain cancers, to diagnose the type of cancer, and to react by producing a drug molecule to fight the cancer cells.

UN to Support Palestinian Sovereignty Over E. J'lem

By Ha'aretz

The United Nations General Assembly is expected on Thursday to approve a resolution put forth by Nasser Al-Kidwa, the Palestinian observer to the UN, according to which the Palestinian nation has the right to self-determination and sole sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including East Jerusalem. The resolution notes that Israel, as "the occupying power," has no sovereignty over any part of the aforementioned areas.

Al-Kidwa submitted the resolution to the UN so as to receive from the General Assembly a political declaration that will serve as a counterbalance to the letter of understanding given to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by President George W. Bush last month, regarding the prime minister's plans to remove settlements from the Gaza Strip.

Bush said Wednesday that he continues to support Sharon's disengagement plan. He regarded the plan as step towards peace in the Middle East. Bush ruled out the claim that his support for the plan prior to the Likud referendum on Sunday was a mistake, and said that the U.S. should take steps towards peace.

It was reported Monday that Bush has no plans to present a letter to Jordan's King Abdullah that would balance the commitments given to Sharon. Sources in the U.S. administration said that the possibility of transferring a "balancing letter" to King Abdullah was no longer an option. Had it been presented, the letter would have stressed U.S. commitment to the road map.

Israel Strikes Black Oil Deposit


Israel may have struck gold - black gold, that is. A deposit containing close to a billion barrels may have been discovered at a site east of Kfar Saba, according to the fuel exploration company Givot Olam. The company announced Tuesday that latest estimates of the Meged-4 oil well have exceeded original predictions, and that it contains an extremely valuable deposit of oil. The company's stock jumped 55% following the report.

Arutz-7 reported that only about 20% of the reserve is extractable from its location some 4.5 kilometers below ground. The value of the oil at today's prices is approximately $46 billion, and could serve to supply Israel's oil needs for two years.

Givot Olam has reported striking oil in the past, but has not yet succeeded in producing it in commercial amounts. The company has been drilling in the area for some 10 years, and feels confident that this time, it will be successful. So far, commercial oil fields have been found in Israel only in the Dead Sea region.

Neo Nazis were Planning to Attack a Munich Synagogue

By & DPA

An indictment was handed down Wednesday in a German court against three females and two males affiliated with a neo-Nazi organization for allegedly planning an attack against a Munich synagogue. A bomb attack was planned to coincide with a ceremony marking the opening of the house of worship.

The plot was discovered last September. Police report that all the suspects are in their 20s, and are being charged with belonging to a terror organization, a crime that carries a 10-year jail sentence in Germany.

The wall of a French synagogue was scrawled Tuesday with neo-Nazi slogans, days after 127 graves at a Jewish cemetery were desecrated. The vandalism was discovered in Valenciennes in northern France, judicial authorities said. The vandals drew swastikas and wrote "One people, one empire, one leader, 59 years, sieg heil," referring to the 59 years since Adolf Hitler's death on April 30, 1945.

The crime occurred four days after vandals desecrated graves in Herrlisheim-Hattstatt in the Alsace region near the German border using similar language and five days after the end of a 55-nation conference in Berlin aimed at fighting anti-Semitism.

Yosef: No Future to Jewish Spiritual Life Outside Israel

By Ha'aretz

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has called on rabbis in the Diaspora to encourage immigration to Israel. Speaking at a rabbinical conference outside Paris on Wednesday, Yosef said that in his opinion, there is no future to Jewish spiritual life outside Israel.

Some 300 European rabbis are meeting under heavy police protection, in view of growing anti-Semitism in France. France's chief rabbi, Yosef Sitruk, said earlier that Jewish life in the Diaspora should remain independent until the coming of the Messiah.

U.S. Court Says Demjanjuk was a Nazi Guard


While staying away from the question of whether or not retired autoworker and immigrant from the Ukraine John Demjanjuk was "Ivan the Terrible," a U.S. Federal Appeals court determined that Demjanjuk was in fact a guard at Nazi concentration camps.

Thus, the court upheld a 2002 determination made by a Cleveland district federal court judge, which stripped the 84-year-old Ukrainian of his U.S. citizenship, obtained under the Displaced Persons Act of 1948. Demjanjuk's attorney's argued he was a prisoner during World War 2, not a guard.

Demjanjuk was originally identified in 1977 by the Justice Department as "Ivan the Terrible," a particularly sadistic Nazi guard at the Treblinka death camp in occupied Poland. As such, he was extradited to Israel for prosecution where he was initially convicted, in 1988, of war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against the Jewish People. He was sentenced to be hanged, but the Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1993, saying that the evidence did not support a conclusion that Demjanjuk was "Ivan the Terrible."

The released Ukrainian returned to Cleveland. His American citizenship was reinstated in 1998, but it was again revoked in 2002 when the Justice Department claimed that while he may not be "Ivan the Terrible," sufficient evidence existed to place him as a guard at death camps other than Treblinka.

The American-born branch of the Demjanjuk family and Demjanjuk's lawyer said they are exploring a rehearing at the appeals level or an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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