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>JN Aug. 2, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 132
Jerusalem Gardeners 'Fix' Pipe (Bomb)
Two Jerusalem Municipality gardeners working in the park adjacent
to the King David Hotel found a pipe bomb that measured 8 X 20
centimeters. They were unaware that the pipe was a bomb, deciding
to open it with a wrench.
After they opened it, white gunpowder poured out which they
thought was salt. After a smoking break, the gardeners tossed
their cigarette butts into the "salt" which then exploded. There
were no injuries to the two Arab gardeners.
Palestinians Mourn Eight Killed by Israeli Missiles
By VOA News
Palestinian mourners have called for revenge at a huge funeral for
eight people killed by Israeli missiles in an internationally
condemned attack Tuesday.
Up to 100,000 people took part in Wednesday's procession in the
West Bank town of Nablus. Angry mourners fired guns into the air
and called for Jihad or holy war against Israel.
The United States, Russia, China, France and Britain have condemned
the raid on the Nablus office for Hamas militants, calling it
extreme and highly provocative.
Two of the dead were young boys killed on the street. The Israeli
government later expressed its regret for the deaths of the
U.N. human rights commissioner Mary Robinson Wednesday condemned
the action as a violation of the right to life. Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak said the Israeli strike was likely to spark a wave of
revenge attacks. Israel said the strike would prevent Hamas
militants from planning anti-Israeli attacks.
Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, who is on a visit to
Rome, called for international observers to be sent to the Middle
East as soon as possible. Israel rejects the idea of international
In further violence Wednesday, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian
man during a gun battle in the West Bank town of Hebron. At least
three other Palestinians were wounded, including a three year-old
boy shot in the hand. Also in the West Bank, a Palestinian man
suspected of collaborating with Israel was slain and another was
seriously wounded, apparently by fellow Palestinians.
Israeli Officials Approve Killing of Suspects
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's security cabinet has approved the continuing assassination
of suspected Palestinian terrorists. The approval came despite
warnings the policy could provoke retaliatory attacks from the
Palestinians, as well as condemnation from many countries around
the world. Expressing its determination to get the so-called "snake
heads" of terrorism, the security cabinet backed the army's
continued killing of top Palestinian militant leaders.
A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hanan Ashrawi,
called on the international community to do something to halt
the Israeli army's killings of Palestinian activists. "This is a
unilateral war," Ashrawi said, "declared by an occupying power,
using military means against a captive population."
But Israeli cabinet minister Ephraim Sneh, a former army commander,
strongly defended the policy against international criticism. "No
one is in a position to preach to Israel," he said. "And we know
exactly what other countries, Western democracies, what they did
when they were combating terrorism, which threatens their capitals,
their civilian populations."
Israel justified the operation in Nablus, saying the slain Hamas
leaders were responsible for terrorist acts that killed dozens of
Israelis and that they planned further terrorism.
Israel says the Hamas command in Nablus had bombed a disco in Tel
Aviv in June, killing 21 Jews, most of them teenagers.
Insulin Secreting Cells Derive from Human Stem Cells
By Israel Faxx Staff
Research teams at the Rambam Medical Center, the Rappaport Research
Institute, and the Technion in Haifa, Israel, have reported the
identification of human insulin-secreting cells derived from
embryonic stem cells.
Under the growth conditions used by the investigators, a
surprisingly, high number of insulin-secreting cells developed in
tissue culture from undifferentiated stem cells, and were shown to
secrete high levels of insulin into the growth medium.
The ability to grow human insulin-secreting cells in tissue culture
from a stem cell source, provides an initial step towards a
possible future cell-therapy approach to treating patients with
diabetes mellitus. About 1 million people in the U.S. suffer from
type 1 diabetes, requiring daily insulin injections to stave off
sometimes life-threatening complications. Diabetes is caused when
a patient's pancreatic cells don't produce sufficient insulin, a
hormone critical to maintaining proper blood-sugar levels.
The report in the current issue of the journal "Diabetes" comes
amid intense political debate over the ethics of using stem cells.
Scientists have reported promising steps in using human embryonic
stem cells to treat other illnesses, and supporters of stem-cell
research have made sure key political figures know about the
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