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Court rejects Fosamax patent in Favor of Israeli Drug Firm
By Israel Faxx News Service
Merck & Co. lost its bid to revive a patent that protected the once-a-week version
of osteoporosis medication Fosamax, as the U.S. Supreme Court left alone a ruling to allow
generic competition starting in 2008. The decision is a win for Israel-based Teva
Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the generic drug maker that challenged the Merck patent.
The patent in the case involved administration of the medication weekly, instead of daily,
which was the original dosage. It would have covered the drug until 2018. The rejection
by the court is a setback for brand name drug makers, according to the Pharmaceutical
Research and Manufacturers Association of America, which state in court documents that the
ruling "substantially threatens the pace of continued innovation in the pharmaceutical
Israel Suspends Security Contacts with Palestinians
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel on Monday temporarily suspended security contacts and all negotiations with
Palestinian authorities following two attacks against Israeli settlers in the West Bank
that left three Israelis dead. Israeli Defense officials have also re-imposed travel
restrictions on Palestinians that had been temporarily lifted for Ramadan observances.
Israel reacted with anger and action following the attacks against settlers in the West
Bank. Israel's Army sealed off the West Bank towns of Hebron and Bethlehem, close to where
the attacks took place, and barred vehicle traffic by Palestinians on the main north-south
road in the West Bank. Security officials say they are stepping up arrests of Palestinian
militants. During the past month Israeli authorities have arrested about 700 Palestinians
in the West Bank.
Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry says Israel will also temporarily
suspend all security contacts and negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. "Obviously,
we have had to take defensive measures to protect our civilians and also we wanted to send
a very strong message to the Palestinian authority that they must get their act together,
and they must start a process of following through on what they have promised to do and
that is to disarm these terrorist groups."
Sunday's attacks came as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is preparing to
meet with President Bush on Thursday. A planned meeting between Abbas and Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon was postponed last week, after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators could not
agree on an agenda for the talks.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said he believes Sunday's attacks are designed to
sabotage peace talks, but Israel's response will also not help move the process forward.
"It is very unfortunate. It is unfortunate, because at a time when we attempt to revive
the peace process there are those who are trying to sabotage these efforts, through the
shooting incident yesterday," he said. "We need to work together to revive the peace
process, to revive the committee's work, to revive the removing of roadblocks. Adding to
the complexities, adding to the roadblocks, adding to the siege will not provide security.
It will just add to the complexities."
Meanwhile, Israel's military intelligence chief has warned that foreign Islamic
militants suspected of ties to the al-Qaida terror group have infiltrated the Gaza strip -
something the Palestinian Authority has denied in the past.
Spanish Police Find Hideout of Nazi ´Dr. Death´
Spanish police said they have found the hideout of Nazi criminal Abreit Heim, dubbed
"Dr. Death," and that he may still be in the country, the German paper Der Spiegel
reported. The 91-year-old Heim's hideout is in the northeastern area of Spain. "All we
know is that he may have been in the area of Palafrugell recently," according to Spanish
police spokesperson Joan Lopez.
He has eluded police and Nazi hunters for 43 years. He has amassed $2 million in bank
accounts, which have helped him to live in various places, especially Germany, Argentina,
Denmark, Brazil and Spain. Der Spiegel reported that investigators suspect a relative of
Heim transferred $363,000 to an acquaintance in Spain, and Heim has been using that money
to live there. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, named after the famed Nazi Hunter who recently
died and was buried in Israel, said it has evidence that Heim's money is in a Berlin bank.
Heim officially was charged by Germany in 1962 with using lethal injections to kill a
large number of Jews in Nazi concentration camps. He was termed "Dr. Death" for his
experiments on Jews incarcerated in the Buchenwald and Mauthausen concentration camps.
Although he never finished medical training, he operated on inmates without anesthesia to
find out how much time it would take them to die after receiving poisonous injections of
drugs and gasoline. Nazi camp survivors said he would hold a stopwatch while patients
suffered before succumbing to the lethal injections.
Spanish police emphasized that they do not know where he is now, but Ha'aretz reported
that police soon would arrest him. German authorities have offered a $159,000 reward for
his arrest and the Wiesenthal Center has offered $12,200.
Leading Kabbalist Urges Jews to Israel - More Disasters Coming,
Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri said recently, "Jews must come to the land of Israel to receive
our righteous Mashiach (Messiah), who has begun his influence and will reveal himself in
It was during the Break Fast meal following Yom Kippur that several followers
approached the 104-year-old leading known Kabbalist rabbi in Israel. A family member asked
him about his remarks last month regarding natural disasters in the world. The rabbi said
that the disasters are directly related to the redemption process, which will culminate in
the coming of the Mashiach. He added that in the near future, another wave of natural
disasters would strike the world.
Kaduri's grandson, Rabbi Yosef Kaduri had a private audience with the elder Rabbi,
along with an Arutz-7 journalist who is closely linked to Kaduri's court. Rabbi Yosef
Kaduri said to his grandfather, "Not many Jews are coming from overseas. Why should they
come?" The Kabbalist answered, "Because of impending danger." Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri then
added a quote from Deuteronomy 4:15: "Be extremely protective of your lives."
According to Rabbi Yosef Kaduri and the Arutz-7 journalist, the Kabbalist elder
referred to a known esoteric concept of a "struggle between the oceans," and said that the
large oceans [Haokeanus hagadol] would strike the world. Rabbi Yosef Kaduri said that
grandfather's warning includes were Jews of the Americas.
During the afternoon Mincha prayer on Yom Kippur, the Kabbalist scholar surprised his
students and fellow worshippers with secrets relating to the coming of the Mashiach.
During the service, Rabbi Kaduri lowered his head and entered a deep mystical
concentration that lasted uninterrupted for some 45 minutes. The rabbi covered his eyes as
though reciting the Sh'ma prayer and only his lips were seen moving.
Students who thought the elderly rabbi was suffering an attack of sort tried to
communicate with him, but he did not break his intense concentration for a moment, even to
nod. Only after some 45 minutes, the rabbi raised his head and looked around the room at
the students and worshippers who were gathered at his Nachalat Yitzhak Yeshiva, in the
Bucharim neighborhood of Jerusalem. With a broad smile on his face familiar to his
students when he has a revelation, he declared, "With the help of God, the soul of the
Mashiach has attached itself to a person in Israel" [In the original Hebrew: 'Hit'abra
bezrat hashem nishmat mashiach b'adam m'yisrael'].
At the conclusion of his short declaration, murmuring was heard among the congregants
as the Kabbalists' words were repeated for those who could not hear.
Rabbi Kaduri has spoken repeatedly about the Final Redemption and referred to the
calculations of the Vilna Gaon regarding the redemption, which appear in the Gaon's
writings and are considered difficult to decipher. According to the writings of the Vilna
Gaon, a sign of the Gog and Magog war is its breaking out on the Jewish holiday of Hoshana
Rabba (the seventh day of the Sukkot holiday), just after the conclusion of the 7th or
shemittah [agricultural sabbatical] year.
On September 24, 2001, Channel One Israel TV broadcast an item on what Torah and other
mystics were saying in the wake of the World Trade Center attack. Speaking from the room
adjacent to where Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri receives visitors, Arutz Sheva Hebrew radio show
host Yehoshua Meiri, a close confident of the Kabbalist, explained to the cameras Rabbi
Kaduri's understanding of the events based on the calculations of the Vilna Gaon: "On
Hashanah Rabba, the actual war of Gog and Magog will commence and will last for some seven
years," said Meiri.
Precise to the minute, 13 days later on October 7th as the sun was setting and the
Jewish holiday of Hoshana Rabba was ushered in, US and British forces began an aerial
bombing campaign targeting Taliban forces and Al-Qaida. That year was the Hoshana Rabba
just after the shemitta year of 5761.According to the calculation, a seven--year count
from that Hoshana Rabba is the date of a major revelation associated with Mashiach. Those
close to Rabbi Kaduri say in his name that the 5th year of this redemption process is now
They explain that the above-mentioned "attaching" of a righteous soul to a person of
Israel makes the recipient a candidate for Mashiach, but not yet the actual Mashiach. This
person gets an additional soul that finds expression in the adding of a letter to his
name, without changing its pronunciation. The elder Rabbi Kaduri says that the letter
added to this person's name is "vav" and the secret of his power is a Star of David hidden
in his attire.
Before he reached the age of 13, the young Yitzhak Kaduri studied with the renowned
Rabbi Yosef Chaim (the Ben Ish Chai) of Iraq. Rabbi Kaduri tells that the Ben Ish Chai
blessed him that he would live to see the revelation of the Mashiach. The Ben Ish Chai
passed away, and Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri immigrated to Israel soon after.
Hamas 'Capable of U.S. Attacks'
By World Net Daily
Hamas has cells inside the United States that are technically capable of attacking the
country, terrorism experts and senior security officials told World Net Daily.
The officials were responding to a WND exclusive interview last week in which Hamas
chief Mahmoud al-Zahar warned President Bush's actions in the Middle East are "placing
America in danger." "We have information Hamas agents have been on U.S. soil the past few
years and that the group may currently have up to 100 agents operating inside America,"
an FBI counter terrorism agent in New York said, speaking on condition of anonymity since
he is not authorized to talk to the media.
The comments reaffirm testimony to the U.S. Senate this past February in which FBI
Director Robert Mueller stated, "Although it would be a major strategic shift for Hamas,
its United States network is theoretically capable of facilitating acts of terrorism in
the United States."
Mueller described a Hamas network the FBI believes may be operating in the U.S. mostly
for fundraising purposes. While many suspected Hamas-linked charities such as the national
Holy Land Foundation have been shut down, the FBI suspects others are still functioning in
Holy Land was one of the largest Islamic charitable organizations in the U.S., and closed
amid accusations the group was a front for Hamas.
Intelligence sources said the FBI believes Hamas' current U.S. network includes trained
jihadists capable of carrying out advanced attacks. Some of the Hamas agents are suspected
of involvement with al-Qaeda, the sources said.
Yehudit Barsky, director of the Middle East and International Terrorism Center at the
American Jewish Committee said, "Hamas does have people in America who are Muslim
Brotherhood-oriented who support Hamas and who could carry out attacks. ... This presence
in the U.S. exists."
Terrorism expert Steve Emerson, whose research was credited with helping to close Holy
Land, told WND, ". mostly revolving around the activities of fundraising, recruiting and
training members, directing operations against Israel, organizing political support and
operating through human rights front groups. While Hamas has not acted outside Israel, it
has the capability of carrying out attacks in America if it decided to enlarge the scope
of its operations," he said.
There have been recent indications Hamas indeed has agents operating inside the U.S. In
August 2004, Ismail Selim Elbarasse, a long-time Hamas moneyman, was arrested reportedly
after authorities witnessed his wife videotaping Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge from
their SUV as Elbarasse drove. The images captured by Elbarasse's wife included close-ups
of cables and other features "integral to the structural integrity of the bridge,"
according to court papers.
In an FBI affidavit requesting a search warrant for Elbarasse's house obtained by WND,
special FBI agent Shawn Devroude stated, "In previous years, al-Qaeda commanders and
officials stationed in Western countries, including the United States, have recruited
Hamas operatives and volunteers to carry out reconnaissance or serve as couriers."
With the increased law enforcement pressure since 9-11, there has been a renewed
emphasis by al-Qaeda to find confirmed jihadist supporters in the U.S. by trying to
enlist proven members of other groups such as Hamas to make up for the vacuum on the field
level," he said.
Also in August of last year, two suspected high-level Hamas operatives, Mohammed Salah
and Abdelhaleem Ashqar, were detained in America and charged with providing material
support to Hamas, racketeering and money laundering. Ashqar, under house arrest in
Virginia, denied to WND he was involved with Hamas fundraising and claimed doesn't know of
any Hamas networks operating in America.
In November 2003, Jamal Aqal, a Canadian immigrant born in Gaza, was arrested in Israel
under suspicion of receiving weapons and explosives training from Hamas for use in future
terror attacks in Canada and New York City. Aqal pled guilty in 2004 to planning to kill
American and Canadian Jewish leaders and Israeli officials traveling in the U.S.
Some analysts and counter terrorism officials are also worried al-Qaeda agents Israel
says infiltrated the Gaza Strip may be working with Palestinian terror groups to carry out
attacks both in Israel and abroad. IDF intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi Farkash
earlier this month confirmed Al-Qaeda operatives were present in Gaza, crossing in from
its border with Egypt after Israel withdrew from the area.
Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, points out what he says are other
Hamas' ideological justifications for attacking America. In 2003, Pipes wrote, Hamas
declared Bush "Islam's biggest enemy," and in 2004 called him "the enemy of God, the enemy
of Islam and Muslims."
He also wrote that a 2004 Hamas press release announced, "Hamas considers the U.S. as
an enemy and as an accomplice to the Israeli enemy aggression against the Palestinians.
... The U.S. will face responsibility for its position as an accomplice with Israel."
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