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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 region worse.

Israel says it moved its troops into Beit Jala to stop renewed Palestinian sniper fire into the neighboring Jewish settlement of Gilo.

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 affairs.

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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