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Actors In Kissing Scene Chased From Western Wall


Police Wednesday whisked away two movie actors trying to film a romantic scene at Jerusalem's Western Wall after stormy protests by people who were praying at the holy site. Natalie Portman, an actress who has been nominated for an Academy Award, and actor Aki Avni began to kiss next to the Wall for a movie called "Free Zone." Men who were praying heckled the couple until police stepped in and suggested they return later. The Western Wall site is under supervision of the religious community. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, responsible for the site, said the actors' conduct violated the code of conduct. There is almost a 24-hour presence of people at the Wall, or Kotel in Hebrew, which was the outer wall surrounding the site of the Holy Temple before its destruction.

Gov´t Considers ´Only´ Destroying Synagogues After Withdrawal


Thousands of people are expected to participate in a Thursday evening rally organized by Chabad in opposition to the disengagement law. The event will take place at the Jerusalem Convention Center under the banner "Whoever Is With the Almighty, Join With Me." During the rally, a film will be shown on how police are planning to carry out the evacuation of Jews who do not voluntarily leave their homes. Chabad posters include statements of the movement's late spiritual leader Rabbi Menachem Schneerson who said that conceding any part of the Land of Israel endangers Jews all over the world.

And the government is reconsidering a previous cabinet decision to demolish the homes and factories of Gush Katif residents slated for expulsion - and is considering selling the property to Arabs instead. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his government will now reconsider the fate of the approximately 2,000 structures in Gush Katif and northern Samaria. The last cabinet resolution on the matter, voted upon in June 2004, called for all buildings in Gush Katif and the northern Shomron to be demolished. However, recent inquiries by international businessmen and diplomats interested in the property have influenced the prime minister to reevaluate that decision.

Cabinet secretary Yisrael Maimon told IDF Radio that the possibility of reversing the June decision is due to the "recently started dialogue with the new Palestinian leadership." It has also been reported, however, that offers from Arab businessmen to purchase the land and homes of the Jews of Gush Katif have been received. In recent days, Defense Ministry officials said that demolishing the buildings would present a negative image of Israel both at home and abroad. Ministry sources added that, in any event, removing the debris caused by the demolition would cost a huge sum of money, not currently available.

Environment Minister Shalom Simhon voiced opposition to the demolition of structures in Gush Katif as well, saying such a move would be highly damaging to the environment. "The demolition of homes in Gush Katif under the disengagement plan will cause severe damage to the environment and unprecedented damage to Israel's economy and public image." He also warned that the homes and the underground infrastructure might be made of asbestos and therefore constitutes a threat to those exposed.

In addition to the debate over the Jewish homes in Gush Katif, Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres is preparing a plan to transfer Jewish-owned businesses, intact, to the Palestinian Authority. Peres' intention is to help the PA economy by means of expropriating the factories, greenhouses, machinery, product lines and marketing structures of Israelis in the Gaza region.

Government officials also said that even if most building are left standing - the synagogues of Gush Katif and the northern Shomron would not be left standing, for fear that Arabs would defile them. It is unclear how the IDF's destruction of the synagogues would take place in a manner that would not constitute "defilement."

Legendary Fighter Har-Tzion" 'Sharon Has Gone Crazy'


Meir Har-Tzion, the legendary fighter and close friend of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has broken his silence, calling upon IDF soldiers to refuse orders to expel Jews from their homes. Har-Tzion, a founding member of the famous counter-terror Paratrooper Unit 101 together with Sharon in the 1950s, has been a close personal friend of Sharon for decades. In a rare interview with Ma'ariv he now claims "Sharon has gone crazy."

In the interview, Har-Tzion tries to understand what caused Sharon to pursue his disengagement plan, which Har-Tzion referred to as a "holocaust." His conclusions are not complimentary of the Prime Minister. "Arik Sharon is crazy - the great fighter is running away. He has become a very dangerous man."

Har-Tzion, who refrained from granting interviews for many years, said he broke his silence to join the call for IDF soldiers and officers to refuse the uprooting of Jewish towns. He says that soldiers should willingly go to jail rather than fulfill such orders, which he deems illegal. "If a Palestinian state is established here it will be the beginning of the end for us," he warned. "The Palestinians, in their territory will be unable to do anything besides terrorize us until we leave altogether. If, God forbid, this should occur [a PA state] it would be the beginning of the end."

Har-Tzion also attacked the left and the media, decrying the decline in social responsibility in Israeli society. He also had harsh words for the Kibbutz movement in which he was raised. Moshe Dayan referred to the famed fighter, Har-Tzion as the bravest Jewish warrior since Bar Kochba--the heroic warrior who fought against Roman oppression along with Rabbi Akiva after the destruction of the Second Temple.

The 70 year-old Har-Tzion retired from the IDF after being seriously injured in 1956. A number of years later he founded Ahuzat Shoshana, an agricultural ranch in Kochav HaYarden near Lake Kinneret. Har-Tzion recently organized a protest movement against the disengagement plan among Kibbutz and Moshav farmers.

Israeli Device Increases Odds of Conception

By ((c) 2005)

A young Israeli company called Fertiligent has devised a way to improve the effectiveness of a treatment for infertility. The technique could enable many more couples to conceive without having to resort to costly and invasive in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Infertility has become a growing problem in the Western world, as an older pool of potential mothers and fathers, as well as environmental factors have made conceiving a baby more challenging.

The National Center for Health Statistics, in Maryland, estimates that about 10 percent of the American childbearing population (or 6 million couples) suffers from infertility. This has led to many innovations in infertility treatment. Most of the new techniques, however, have focused on IVF - or test tube babies, as they are commonly known.

According to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 100,000 in-vitro attempts a year in the U.S. This procedure, as anyone who's gone through it knows, has many drawbacks. It's extremely expensive (about $12,400) for whoever is footing the cost, - whether it is individuals or health insurance companies - as well as being invasive, time-consuming, and uncomfortable.

While IVF treatments have advanced in effectiveness since being introduced, there has been little change over the past 20 years in the step that infertile couples take before turning to IVF. Now, Fertiligent has devised a better way to administer Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), which increases the chances of success and could significantly reduce the number of couples who must turn to IVF. The theory behind the Fertiligent device is to mimic the way in which conception occurs naturally - introducing the sperm into the uterus over a period of several hours.

In the natural fertility process, the cervix corrals the sperm, and releases them into the womb in small groups. In this way, the egg will encounter only a suitable number of sperm when it is ready. "It turns out that the egg is quite particular when receiving guests. It is incapable of meeting all the sperm simultaneously. When the egg is flooded by sperm, it seals itself off and refuses to meet even one," Ronnie Klein, Fertiligent's CEO told ISRAEL21c. "Ours is a four hour procedure with a tiny catheter through which fluid is gradually fed into a catheter whose end is located in the womb and that a woman can remove and discard herself. She can have it put in and either wait in a clinic and drive herself home, or move freely with the pump on her hip and go about her business if she wishes."

With the Fertiligent pump device - instead of the 'one-shot' IUI, - the 'window of opportunity' for fertilization is extended by the slow release of sperm in carefully measured doses into the uterine cavity. This prevents loss of sperm by blocking the cervical cavity and mimicking the natural slow release process as performed by the cervix in healthy women. Hopefully, when the egg is ready to receive the sperm, they are in place.

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