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Israeli Medical Advance: Sterile Woman Gives Birth


Thanks to Israeli doctors, a woman who was made sterile by chemotherapy for cancer gave birth this week to a healthy baby girl. The doctors made the miracle possible using the woman's own ovarian tissue that they had stored in liquid nitrogen prior to her cancer treatments. The thawed biological material was reinserted after it was determined that the woman's cancer was eliminated. The woman, 31, began chemotherapy in her mid-20s. Details of the case will be published in an upcoming issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Israeli Soldiers Clash With Jewish Extremists

(Has a Civil War Started?)

By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem) &

Israeli soldiers again clashed with young Jewish settlers near the Jewish settlement of Shirat Hayam in Gaza Wednesday during an operation to evict youths from an outpost. The military is threatening to get tough with extremists who use violence in their protests against Israel's planned disengagement from Gaza.

For the second time this week soldiers scuffled with young settlers during an operation to evict the youths from an abandoned Palestinian building they had taken over near the settlement. Speaking on Israel Radio, one of the young settlers, Ro'i Avichai warned this type of action is only the beginning. Ro'i Avichai called Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a traitor to the country and his people and warned that if the disengagement plan goes ahead there would be much larger disturbances.

Police had been taking a softer wait-and-see approach with settlers and their anti-disengagement supporters. But, with tensions, heated rhetoric and violence on the rise, the security forces are now taking a tougher line. Gen. Dan Har El, the commander of the southern region, which includes Gaza, said the group of violent protesters represents a small minority, but would be dealt with. "We know how to deal with these people," warned General Har El. He said the military wants to avoid confrontation but has a plan and would move in to clear out the extremists.

In recent weeks young protesters have set up camp in the settlements in Gaza, taking over an abandoned beachfront hotel from where they vowed to resist the withdrawal. On Sunday, young settlers clashed with soldiers who were sent to demolish some abandoned buildings along the Gaza coast to prevent protesters from taking them over. On Tuesday and Wednesday, young settlers clashed with nearby Palestinian residents as each side pelted the other with stones. Police have already arrested several Jewish right-wing extremists in a bid to reduce tensions.

Israeli motorists have also been beset by protest actions. For the second time this week, motorists faced potential gridlock during Wednesday evening's rush hour as disengagement opponents vowed to block traffic on streets and thoroughfares across the country. Wednesday morning, some protesters poured oil and nails onto the highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The action was condemned by major settler groups who have called for non-violent protests only.

Israel National reported that police used even more violent tactics than they have in the past, but that protesters were undeterred, locking arms and maintaining their non-violent protest. Police and undercover officers on Jabotinsky road brought horses and were reportedly beating protesters regardless of whether they were blocking traffic and even after the road was cleared, witnesses said. "There are people in civilian clothing, wearing orange wrist bands [outwardly identifying with the anti-Disengagement struggle] who have joined the police in beating protesters and refuse to identify themselves," one protester said.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called upon the police to do whatever possible to stifle the protests. "We will not allow a fellowship of gangs to drag the country downhill," Sharon told ministers during a cabinet session Wednesday. Over 6,000 police were deployed along the country's roads and at checkpoints leading out of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Police used horses also at the Bar Ilan junction in Jerusalem to keep the road clear. All pedestrians were barred from approaching the entrance to Jerusalem, where police directed water cannons at crowds gathered along the side of the roads.

One protester, taking part in the blocking of the main Jabotinsky thoroughfare between Ramat Gan and B'nei Brak reported that the road was completely blocked, by close to a hundred protesters for nearly an hour. "A bride with orange ribbons on her dress and on her car was stuck in the traffic, so we decided to let her through," the protester told Arutz-7, "but everyone else is stuck as we demonstrate to the country that life can not go on as usual as Jews are threatened with expulsion."

Sharon warned disengagement opponents on Tuesday against using violence. He said such action threatens the very existence of Israel as a democratic Jewish state. The prime minister vowed the evacuation of all 21 settlements in Gaza and four small ones in the northern West Bank would go ahead as planned. The withdrawal is due to begin mid-August.

PA Arabs Readying for Combat


IDF intelligence sources have learned that the Arabs of Judea/Samaria are at the height of general preparations for the battles widely expected to follow the planned expulsion/abandonment of Gaza. The reports say that food and medicine - and weapons - are being stockpiled in villages and cities throughout the PA-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria. The Arabs expect the increased terror and other attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers to lead to army-imposed closures and encirclements around the cities and centers of combat.

This stockpiling is of special concern, army elements say, because it is reminiscent of the measures the Arabs took before they initiated the Oslo War in late 2000.

Among the arms being amassed are light weapons, mortar shells, rockets and more. Arutz-7's Shimon Cohen reports that the security establishment is particularly concerned that the shift of the center of fighting from Gaza to Judea/Samaria (Yesha) is more dangerous from several standpoints. The Arab and Jewish populations in Yesha are physically much closer to each other than in Gaza, placing the Jews in greater danger. In addition, the Arabs have greater accessibility to the roadways on which Jewish citizens drive to and from their communities.

In addition to conventional threats on Jewish traffic, the threat of Arab rockets, including accurate anti-tank rockets, is also being taken into account. Such weapons could also endanger reinforced vehicles. Also of concern is the fact that the soft sandy earth of Gush Katif absorbed much of the impact of terrorist-fired rockets, while rockets that hit the hard rocky land of Yesha could be more dangerous. Rocks could be splintered and fire off their own shrapnel, multiplying the effect of the missiles.

IDF officers have informed security coordinators in many Yesha communities that they must begin preparing the residents and emergency teams for the coming offensive. To this end, Yesha civilian security officers will tour Gush Katif today, to learn the threats faced by the residents there over the past several years and the means with which they dealt with them.

IAF Forces Respond to Hizbullah Attack on Northern Israel

By & Ha'aretz

It has now been released for publication that an IDF soldier was killed late Wednesday afternoon during a gun battle that raged between Israeli soldiers and Hizbullah terrorists in the Mt. Dov area of the border with Lebanon. According to the IDF spokesperson, an IDF officer was injured moderately and two other soldiers suffered light injuries in the attack.

Parallel with the Lebanese attack on the Mt. Dov outpost, it was reported earlier today, Hizbullah terrorists infiltrated Israeli territory, apparently in an effort to kidnap soldiers. Israel Radio reported that one infiltrator was killed by IDF forces.

IAF jets bombed southern Lebanon following two attacks by Hizbullah terrorists against Jewish towns and IDF soldiers in northern Israel Wednesday afternoon, killing one and wounding six. Terrorists fired mortar shells at northern Israeli towns at the same time as other terrorists infiltrated into Israeli territory from Lebanon in the Har Dov region. Mortar shells landed near Kibbutz Manara and the city of Kiryat Shemona. IDF soldiers returned fire at the terrorists, injuring one. IDF artillery fire targeted Hizbullah positions as well.

Israel Air Force jets bombed positions near Kfar Shouba in southern Lebanon following the attack and IAF helicopters were reported to be in the air as well, looking for additional terrorists. This is the second time in the past month that Hizbullah has fired mortars at IDF Rpositions in Har Dov.

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