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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
Israeli Soldiers Clash With Jewish Extremists
(Has a Civil War Started?)
By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
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
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
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 IsraelNationalNews.com & 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
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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