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L' Frankie, Yom Haledet Sameach
Happy Birthday Frankie
Israel to Implement Gaza Pullout Despite Growing Opposition
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israel is promising to implement its pullout from Gaza on schedule this summer, despite
a lack of cooperation from Jewish settlers. But, Israeli public support for the withdrawal
With the target date for starting the Gaza pullout just over two months away, Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon convened Cabinet ministers to discuss progress. And for Sharon, the
news wasn't good. The top official planning the withdrawal said only 87 of 1,800 Gaza
settler families have applied for compensation.
Gaza resident Rachel Sapperstein says the aim is to pressure the government to call off
the pullout. "The people here want to stay home, and we are going to resist up until the
end," she said.
Sharon accused the settlers and their supporters of incitement, and warned that
demonstrations and vandalism will not stop the evacuation of 21 Gaza settlements.
"The evacuation will take place exactly on schedule," he said, referring to the target
date of mid-August. But a new poll shows that Israeli public support for the pullout is
plunging. The Israel Radio poll showed 50 percent support for the plan, down from a high
of 64 percent last year. The drop is attributed to warnings by senior military officials
that the Gaza pullout will be followed a new wave of Palestinian terror.
As one man on the street, Ilan Zovuler, told VOA. "What's going to happen after we pull
out from Gaza? They're not going to be shooting rockets into Ashkelon? Of course they're
going to," he said. Ashkelon is the closest Israeli city to Gaza.
But British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who met with Palestinian leaders in the West
Bank, said the Gaza pullout is good for peace. "It's in everybody's interest for this
withdrawal to take place and be successful," he said. Straw said Sharon would have a lot
more room to maneuver if there's an end to Palestinian terror.
Haifa University students scattered live fish on the campus Wednesday afternoon to
symbolize what they termed the "stinking" evacuation plan. In Safed, anti-evacuation
slogans were sprayed on the walls of the local volunteer police station. And in the south,
cow manure was spread on army vehicles at the Negev base set up to direct the planned
evacuation. The action may have been the work of area residents who oppose environmental
damage caused by the base.
Israel Attacks Terrorists in Gaza
By BBC News
An Israeli aircraft has launched an airstrike on militants in the Gaza Strip, but the
targets of the attack escaped unhurt, witnesses said. The Israeli military said it
targeted a mortar launcher and a vehicle carrying mortar shells near Khan Younis. The
assault followed a missile attack on a Jewish settlement in Gaza on Tuesday that killed
three people. They were among six people killed in violence that continued despite a
ceasefire agreed by both sides.
The terrorist group Hamas said that both the vehicle targeted on Wednesday and the
people nearby belonged to the organization. They managed to escape before the explosion,
witnesses said. In Tuesday's attack, a missile launched from Palestinian areas of Gaza
into a Jewish settlement killed four Palestinian workers and a Chinese worker. On the same
day three Palestinians, including a militant leader, were shot dead by Israeli troops.
Tuesday was therefore one of the most bloody days since a ceasefire was agreed in
February between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Israel has warned the Palestinian leadership to do more to prevent militant groups
launching attacks. Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Yussuf on Tuesday urged all
Palestinian factions not to break the truce.
Jesus Died of Blood Clot, Researcher Says
By YnetNews.com & Reuters
Anyone who flies in a plane knows that doctors recommend moving around every hour or
two. The fear is that prolonged sitting raises the chances of a blood clot being carried
to the lungs, which can be fatal. In fact, a researcher at Haifa's Technion-Israel
institute of Technology argues that that is exactly what killed Jesus.
Prof. Benjamin Brenner, the head of the Coagulation Unit at Haifa's Rambam Medical
Center, published his findings in an international journal dealing with the topic.
Brenner contends that, contrary to popular belief, it was not blood loss that killed the
savior of the Christians but pulmonary embolism.
Brenner bases his belief on the Gospels' description of the last 24 hours in the life
of Jesus, and on ancient Roman documents. "Pulmonary embolism, brought on by blood clots
in the veins of the legs of the crucified victim, is more likely to bring on death when
combined with dehydration, multi-trauma, orthopedic surgery and loss of movement," Brenner
During Jesus' last days, his body suffered intense strain as he was forced to walk
three miles while carrying an extremely heavy crucifix, Brenner said, adding that he did
not receive enough water during an 18-hour period and sustained multiple lashings causing
trauma to his body. Brenner said that Jesus' inability to move after being nailed to the
crucifix by his lower and upper limbs increased the chance of blot clots developing in his
legs. His fast-paced breathing made him lose fluids quicker, causing him to dehydrate, he
Brenner told Ynet that additional proof substantiating his thesis is the fact that
Jesus' death was sudden and in a relatively short period of time - between three to six
hours - indicating that blood clots spread from his legs to his lungs. In addition, Jesus
came from the Galilee where research shows that 25 percent of the population suffers from
thrombophilia, an increased risk of developing blood clots in veins and arteries. "Doctors
who researched the New Testament and Roman documents from that period all agree that
Jesus' death was quick and sudden, which substantiates my thesis," Brenner said.
In response to the possibility that his thesis may cause outrage among the Christian
world, Brenner said the editor for the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis is in fact
Italian and accepted his article for publication immediately. The reason for publishing
such a controversial article was to increase and strengthen awareness for this dangerous
illness, which is the main cause for 10 percent of most hospital deaths in recent years,
A 1986 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association mentioned the
possibility that Jesus suffered a blood clot, but concluded that he died of blood loss.
But Brenner said research into blood coagulation has made significant strides over the
past two decades. He noted that before crucifixion Jesus underwent scourging, but the
researcher concluded that "the amount of blood loss by itself" would not have killed
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