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>JN Aug. 29, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 148
New Israeli Incursions
By VOA News
Israel has launched new incursions into Palestinian areas in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip. Late Tuesday, Palestinian security
officials said Israeli tanks roared into a Palestinian refugee camp
in the Gaza Strip under heavy Palestinian fire. Two Palestinian
buildings were reported destroyed.
A new Israeli incursion is also being reported in a Palestinian
refugee camp in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. That is near the
Palestinian town of Beit Jala where Israeli forces remain in
control after a takeover staged late Monday, despite requests from
the United States and Britain for Israeli forces to withdraw.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters in
Washington the latest Israeli incursion would not solve security
problems in the neighboring Jewish settlement of Gilo, but make
matters worse throughout the region. London also criticized the
Israeli takeover of Beit Jala, saying it undermines
Israeli-Palestinian border agreements.
Israeli officials say their forces will remain in the town as long
as Palestinian attacks continue on Gilo. Israeli military officials
say there were several such attacks on Tuesday, including the
firing of a mortar shell that landed in an empty community center.
In other violence Tuesday, a Palestinian teenager died in a
hospital after being shot by Israeli troops near Rafah in the Gaza
Strip. Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of
the highest ranking Palestinian to be killed by Israel since the
start of the uprising more than 11 months ago.
Palestinian refugees in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon also held
gatherings in memory of Mustafa Zibri, better known as Abu Ali
Mustafa. Israeli rockets killed the head of the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine in a targeted assassination Monday.
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat is quoted as saying the killing is
an attempt to sabotage the peace process.
U.S, Concerned Israel's Troops Movements Could Harm Children
By David Gollust (VOA-Washington)
The United States is calling on Israel to withdraw its forces from
the Palestinian town of Beit Jala, saying Tuesday's occupation of
much of the town near Jerusalem will only make the situation in the
Israel says it moved its troops into Beit Jala to stop renewed
Palestinian sniper fire into the neighboring Jewish settlement of
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Yasir Arafat's
Palestinian Authority needs to end such firing if it is serious
about ending the current crisis and returning to peace talks.
Boucher also said the United States is "troubled" that Israel had
posted troops next to a church-run orphanage in Beit Jala, and
urged both sides to avoid actions that would jeopardize the safety
of the children housed there.
Arafat Preparing To Hide And Run
The London "Foreign Report" writes that PLO chief Yasir Arafat is
preparing "escape routes" to Egypt and Iraq for himself and a
handful of close cronies, for fear that Israel's eliminations
policy may extend to him.
At the same time, Arafat is also preparing bunkers in which he
could hide for an extended duration. Israel has denied that it
plans to expel him, saying it would not intervene in internal PA
The paper reports, however, that since several recent Israeli
missile attacks on a Hamas meeting, the car of Marwan Bargouti, and
more, Arafat has been in a high state of alert. In case of
emergency, his plan is to go "underground" into bunker headquarters
that have already been equipped with top-grade equipment before
relying on escape routes.
Israeli Researchers: Pomegranates Help Fight Breast Cancer
Israeli researchers from the Technion - The Israel Institute of
Technology in Haifa - have discovered beneficial effects of
pomegranate seed oil in the battle against breast cancer.
According to the research, directed by Dr. Ephraim Lansky,
pomegranate seed oil causes the cancer cells to self-destruct. The
juice of the fruit is toxic to most breast cancer cells, yet has
almost no effect on healthy cells.
Furthermore, "pomegranates seem to replace the estrogen often
prescribed to protect postmenopausal women against heart disease
and osteoporosis," explained Lansky, yet they "selectively
[destroy] estrogen-dependent cancer cells."
The researchers presented the results of two studies at an
international conference in Madrid this past June. "This is
apparently a safe substance that could be helpful to many people,
especially women at high-risk for developing breast cancer," said
Dr. Martin Goldman, a New York-based internist.
Pomegranate oil and juice have been shown to be "a potential new
avenue to develop anti-cancer drugs from a natural compound,"
commented Dr. Lajos Pusztai, an assistant professor studying breast
cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Other health benefits of pomegranates tested by the Technion
researchers include the ability to lower oxidation of cholesterol,
leading to the elimination of blockages in arteries.
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