Newsletter : 5fax0118.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
Negev Man Wins First Lotto Prize - Again
A Negev resident has won first prize in the national Lotto lottery - for the second
time in four months. The man, who owns a wood-and-metal marketing business said, "I'm a
believing Jew, and I always tried to observe the Torah commandments. Suddenly, this luck
falls upon me." Last October, the man chose all six Lotto numbers, but had to share the
top prize - walking off with four million shekels. This time, he was the sole winner, and
won 12 million shekels after taxes. He used the previous winnings to pay off his business'
debts and to open savings plans for his four children. The odds of winning first prize
twice within four months were estimated at 169 trillion to one by Dr. Moshe Barbi, a
senior statistician at Bar Ilan University.
Tay-Sachs, the `Jewish Disease,' Almost Eradicated
The genetic mutation disease Tay-Sachs, a fatal inherited disease of the central
nervous system that mostly affects Ashkenazi Jews, has been almost completely eradicated,
experts say, who claim that a genetic illness has become extinct for the first time.
"Last year not a single Jewish baby throughout North America was born with Tay-Sachs,"
said Prof. Robert Desnick of the Department of Human Genetics at New York's Mount Sinai
Hospital. Desnick is in Israel as the guest of Jerusalem's Hadassah hospitals. He said
that of the 10 babies born in North America in 2003 with Tay-Sachs, not a single one was
Figures from Israel paint a similar picture. According to Prof. Joel Zlotogora, who
heads the Health Ministry's Department of Community Genetics, just one baby was born with
Tay-Sachs in Israel in 2003. Insofar as is known, not a single baby in Israel was born
with Tay-Sachs last year, but as the disease takes some six months to manifest itself, the
figures for 2004 are not final.
Desnick said that the data for the past two years may stem from a coincidental
fluctuation in the incidence of the disease, and that isolated cases may appear this year
or the next. He stressed, nevertheless, that whatever the case may be, the disease appears
to have disappeared almost completely from among the Jewish nation.
Prof. Gideon Bach, who heads the Department of Genetics at Hadassah University
Hospital, Ein Karem, said the eradication of Tay-Sachs can be attributed primarily to the
fact that the general public in Israel is advised to carry out, at the expense of the
state, genetic tests to diagnose the disease before the birth of the baby. In the event an
unborn baby is diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, the pregnancy is usually terminated.
Another reason for the eradication of the disease, Bach said, is the work of the
ultra-Orthodox association, Dor Yesharim. The association carries out tests on young
individuals to check whether they are genetically "suitable." The results of these tests
are passed on to the matchmaker. If there is a risk that a designated couple may give
birth to children affected with Tay-Sachs, the matchmaker will report that the match is
unsuitable. Bach, who works with Dor Yesharim, said that numerous intended couples have
been split up in the wake of genetic testing.
Some 1,000 years ago a Jew developed the genetic mutation, which, it turned out, caused
the fatal inherited disease. It has since been passed on among the Jewish people through
the generations. Tay-Sachs is a fatal genetic disorder mostly found in children that
causes progressive destruction of the central nervous system. In general, children
affected by the disease do not live beyond the age of 4.
Why Not Boycott Israel?
Commentary (United Kingdom Daily Sport)
OK. So I understand that you are ticked off at Israel, and in love with the
Palestinians. That's fine with me, as long as you have truly weighed all the
facts. So, you want to boycott Israel? I'll be sorry to miss you, but if you are doing it
- do it properly. Let me help you. Check all your medications.
Make sure that you do not have tablets, drops, lotions, etc., made by Abic or Teva. It
may mean that you will suffer from colds and flu this winter but, hey, that's a small
price for you to pay in your campaign against Israel, isn't it?
While we are on the subject of your Israeli boycott, and the medical contributions to
the world made by Israeli doctors and scientists, how about
telling your pals to boycott the following. To reduce scarring and adhesions in
gynecological surgery, Laproscopy and Laser Laproscopy were developed by Israeli medical
research teams. An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes
between mild and more severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis. So, if you know anyone
suffering from MS, tell them to ignore the Israeli patent that may, more accurately,
diagnose their symptoms.
An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of paralyzed hands. This device
electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers
and victims of spinal injuries. If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of
life to these people, go ahead and boycott Israel. Young children with breathing problems
will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child Hood.
This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that
provides relief for child and parent. Please tell anxious mothers that they shouldn't use
this device because of your passionate cause. These are just a few examples of how people
have benefited medically from the
Israeli know-how you wish to block.
Boycotts often affect research. A new research center in Israel hopes to throw light
on brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease.
The Joseph Sangol Neuroscience Center in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer Hospital
aims to bring thousands of scientists and doctors to focus on brain research. A
researcher at Israel's Ben Gurion University has succeeded in creating human monoclonal
antibodies that can neutralize the highly contagious smallpox virus without inducing the
dangerous side effects of the existing vaccine...
But let's not get too obsessed with medical research?¦ there are other ways you
can make a personal sacrifice with your anti-Israel boycott. Most of Windows operating
systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel. So, set a personal example. Throw away your
computer! The Pentium NMX Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the
Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrum processor were entirely designed, developed, and
produced in Israel. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel. The technology for the
AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 in Israel by four young Israeli whiz kids.
Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R.& D. facilities outside the US in Israel.
So, due to your complete boycott of anything Israeli, you now have poor health and no
But your bad news does not end there. Get rid of your cellular phone! Cell phone
technology was also developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its
biggest development center in Israel. Israeli scientists developed most of the latest
technology in your mobile phone. Feeling unsettled? You should be. Part of your personal
security rests with Israeli inventiveness, borne out of our urgent necessity to protect
and defend our lives from the terrorists you support. A phone can remotely activate a
bomb, or be used for tactical communications by terrorists, bank robbers, or
hostage-takers. It is vital that official security and law enforcement authorities have
access to cellular jamming and detection solutions...
I also want you to know that Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the
population in the world. Israel produces more scientific papers
per capita - 109 per 10,000 - than any other nation. Israel has the highest number of
start-up companies per rata. In absolute terms, the highest number, except the US., Israel
has the greatest ratio of patents filed. Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech
companies outside of Silicon Valley. Israel is ranked 2 in the world for venture capital
funds, behind the USA. Israel has more museums per capita. Israel has the second highest
publication of new books per capita.
Relative to population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth.
These immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom of expression, economic
opportunity, and quality of life. Believe it or not, Israel is the only country in the
world that had a net gain in the number of trees last year. So, you can vilify and
demonize the State of Israel. You can continue your silly boycott, if you wish. But I wish
you would consider the consequences, and the truth. Think of the massive contribution
that Israel is giving to the world, including the Palestinians - and to you - in science,
medicine, communications, security.
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)