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Terrorism Led Portman into Activism

By Israel Faxx News Services

The anguish of a friend grieving over a terror victim in Israel led Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman to become an activist, the Israeli-born movie star said in an essay that appeared this weekend in Parade magazine.

"I felt so helpless watching her pain. I really wanted to do something, but I didn't know where to begin. Portman called Jordanian Queen Rania, a Palestinian, who told Portman about the Foundation for International Community Assistance, which "grants loans, mostly to women, to start small businesses. Rather than donate food, it helps people earn the money to buy their own food and gives women the opportunity to better their lives."

Israel Begins Reducing Fuel Supplies to Gaza

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli officials have begun reducing fuel supplies to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Israel has also closed a key crossing point as part of a package of sanctions Israel says is in response to Palestinian terrorists firing rockets into southern Israel.

Israeli officials said they plan to reduce the amount of fuel entering Gaza by five to 11 percent but that the cuts would not affect fuel for the main power plant in Gaza.

Last month Israeli officials declared the Gaza Strip a "hostile territory" and unveiled plans to cut fuel supplies and electricity to Gaza because of daily rocket fire from the Hamas-controlled territory aimed at southern Israel. Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, said the cutbacks are in response to a very real threat from Gaza.

"We think that the people of Gaza and the regime that controls Gaza (Hamas) has to understand a simple reality - that if rockets are being shot on a daily basis into Israel - if they are trying to kill our people - if the people in southern Israel are living in fear in bomb shelters because of these ongoing volleys of rockets - day after day," he said. "They cannot expect that Israel will go ahead with business as usual while our citizens continue face this terrible threat."

Israeli officials said for now they would not cut electrical supplies to Gaza, until Israel's Supreme Court rules on a petition by human rights groups challenging the proposed measure. A ruling is expected within days.

Hamas leaders who control Gaza said they would study the effects of the Israeli cutoff of fuel and then act accordingly. Hamas admits to attacking Israeli troops on the Gaza border, but said it is not behind the continuing rocket fire which is being carried out by other Palestinian militant groups such as Islamic Jihad. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Israeli measures, calling them a violation of international law.

Olmert Says He Has Prostate Cancer

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem) &

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but it is treatable and will have no effect on his job as prime minister.

Olmert said he would have an operation in the next few months to remove what he says is a microscopic growth on his prostate, and that he would not need to undergo any type of radiation treatment or chemotherapy.

Israel's prime minister said he feels fortunate that his cancer was found early and that it would have no effect on how he performs his duties as prime minister. Olmert's doctors said it was likely that surgery would eliminate the cancer and that he has a 95 percent chance for a full recovery.

Olmert assumed office as prime minister nearly two years ago after Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke that left him in a deep coma. In the next few months he is likely to face intense pressure as Israel participates in a planned U.S-organized summit aimed at laying the groundwork for the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state.

Researchers based at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot have played a central role in developing a new light-sensitive drug that can lead to the complete destruction of the blood vessels connected to the prostate tumor, and thus the destruction of the tumor.

Prostate cancer hits one man out of six, with a five-year survival rate of 99% - compared to 40% or less 20 years ago. Early detection is critical, but the new drug is designed to treat even tumors discovered after they have begun to develop.

Israel21c reported that the new drug, named Tookad, is based on chlorophyll, which has a high absorption of light. Used in previously-existing photodynamic therapy (PDT), Tookad is significantly more effective than other drugs used in the past, which are based on hemoglobin pigment.

Tookad absorbs near-infra-red light, which penetrates more deeply and efficiently than other wavelengths. Using Tookad, Israel21c reported, "a single illuminated optical fiber can reach and eradicate a tumor with a diameter of up to 4 centimeters, and even larger growths can be treated by using several fibers. What this means is that the Israeli-developed drug is effective against large, solid tumors which previously had evaded the reach of other PDT drugs."

Another benefit of Tookad is that it can be flushed out of the body within two hours, reducing the need for patients to avoid sunlight for lengthy periods following treatment.

Prof. Avigdor Scherz of the Weizmann Institute's Plant Sciences Department and Prof. Yoram Salomon of the Biological Regulation Department invented the new photo-sensitive drug.

"We have proof that this treatment causes the destruction of the part of the prostate which contains the cancer," said McGill University Hospital urologist Dr. Mostafa Elhilali, who took part in trials of the new drug. The trials found that 46 percent of patients showed no evidence of prostate cancer after treatment with Tookad.

U.S. Official Protected by Muslim Terrorists


Senior terrorists, including the chiefs of the most active West Bank terror organization, were part of an official Palestinian security team that protected a prominent U.S. envoy last week, WND has learned.

Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, U.S. security coordinator for the Palestinian territories, this past Thursday toured the northern West Bank city of Nablus, where he expressed support for a plan to achieve security independence for the Palestinians in the city.

Nablus is the stronghold of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization. The Brigades took credit along with the Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel between 2005 and 2006.

In Nablus, Dayton met with Fatah security chiefs about a test they are planning to attempt to achieve law and order in the city. "I'm here to show American support for this operation," Dayton told reporters. "I work very carefully with the Palestinian security forces, and I must tell you that I have very high regard for the Palestinian security forces. This is where the Palestinian state will get its first real test."

Dayton arrived in Nablus in an armored vehicle and was accompanied at all times by three U.S. bodyguards, according to Palestinian security officials present. The officials told WND they deployed three rings of Palestinian security officers around Dayton. The third ring, they said, consisted of about 200 Fatah security officers who encircled the vicinity Dayton was visiting.

WND has learned among those encircling Dayton as official members of the Palestinian security forces were Nablus' senior leadership of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, including Ala Sekakreh, the Brigades' West Bank chief, and Nasser Abu Aziz, no. 2 of the Brigades in the West Bank. The Brigades is responsible for more terrorism from the West Bank than any other Palestinian Arab organization, carrying out thousands of shootings and grenade attacks.

Speaking about his role in protecting Dayton, Senakreh told WND he was "impressed" with the U.S. envoy's bodyguards. "One of them could eat 10 of our people," said Senakreh, who also commented he liked the "fancy" vehicle in which Dayton arrived.

Senakreh, along with other Brigades leaders, was granted amnesty by Olmert in June as a gesture to Abbas, but many Brigades members, including Senakreh's cell, are accused of violating the agreement by failing to disarm and by carrying out a spate of terror attacks.

The information terrorists protected Dayton follows the recent release of the new book "Schmoozing with Terrorists," which details how the U.S. has been arming, training, funding and coordinating security with members of Fatah's Force 17 and the Preventative Security Services who are also Brigades leaders.

The U.S. has been running bases in the West Bank City of Jericho to train Fatah militias since the late 1990s. Over the years, the U.S. also has provided Fatah militias with arms, reportedly including thousands of high-powered assault rifles during the past year alone.

In August, the State Department announced the U.S. will begin new training courses for Fatah militias in an effort to bolster Abbas against Hamas, which took over the Gaza Strip in June when the terror group easily defeated American-backed Fatah forces in the territory.

The U.S. training programs include courses in the use of weapons. They are being partially funded with a $86.5 million grant approved by Congress in April. The Bush administration announced last week it is seeking more than $400 million in additional aid to the Palestinians.

Among the militants interviewed in "Schmoozing" is Abu Yousuf, a Force 17 officer who received American training in Jericho in 1999 as a member of the Preventative Security Services.

Yousuf is a chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Ramallah, where he is accused of participating in anti-Israel terrorism, including recent shootings, attacks against Israeli forces operating in the city and a shooting attack in northern Samaria in December 2000 that killed the leader of the ultra-nationalist Kahane Chai organization, Benyamin Kahane. After the Kahane murder, Yousuf was extended refuge by Arafat to live in the late PLO leader's Ramallah compound, widely known as the Muqata.

Yousuf still lives in the compound, where U.S. weapons are regularly delivered to Fatah. He is a ranking member of the Palestinian team that receives the American weapons. Speaking through a translator, Yousuf said his American training was instrumental in attacks on Israelis. "All the methods and techniques that we studied in these trainings, we applied them against the Israelis," he said.

"We sniped at Israeli settlers and soldiers," he said. "We broke into settlements and Israeli army bases and posts. We collected information on the movements of soldiers and settlers. We collected information about the best timing to infiltrate our bombers inside Israel. We used weapons and we produced explosives, and, of course, the trainings we received from the Americans and the Europeans were a great help to the resistance."

Yousuf said the training included both intelligence and military tactics. "In the intelligence part, we learned collection of information regarding suspected persons, how to follow suspected guys, how to infiltrate organizations and penetrate cells of groups that we were working on and how to prevent attacks and to steal in places," he said.

"On the military level, we received trainings on the use of weapons, all kind of weapons and explosives," said Yousuf. "We received sniping trainings, work of special units, especially as part as what they call the fight against terror. We learned how to lay siege, how to break into places where our enemies closed themselves in, how to oppress protest movements, demonstrations and other activities of opposition."

Continued Yousuf: "I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without these [American] trainings."

Yousuf seemed to anticipate criticism for speaking publicly about the training. He's not "talking about U.S. training in order to irritate the Americans or the Israelis and not in order to create provocations," he said. "I'm just telling you the truth."

Fatah-Controlled TV Promises Elimination of Israel


A new music video ( appearing regularly on Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority television over the past week promises the elimination of Israel and the restoration of the "Arab identity" of cities throughout the Jewish State.

As explained by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook of Palestinian Media Watch, While the Palestinian Authority announces in English its demand for a two-state solution, to its own people in Arabic it continues to define all of Israel as 'Palestine,' and to promise Israel's destruction. A new video clip, broadcast numerous times daily since it first appeared on Fatah-controlled TV last week, passionately promises 'Mother' that every Israeli city will be 'liberated' because its 'identity is Arab' and 'Palestinian.'"

"We will liberate the Land..." the PA singer chants, "[which] is Arab in history and identity, Palestine is Arab in history and identity." The "Palestine" that is to be "liberated," according to the song, includes cities such as Jerusalem, Acre, Haifa, Bethlehem, Jaffa, Be'er Sheva, Tiberias, Hebron and Ramle, as well as the Galilee. Most of those cities listed are located within pre-1967 Israel.

"This is significant not only because it was broadcast on Fatah TV," note Marcus and Crook, "but because the constant repetition of this clip promising Israel's destruction comes at the very time that the world is preparing for a peace conference."

The PMW analysts termed the juxtaposition of English-language messages of peace and Arabic-language internal propaganda that is virulently anti-Israel "duplicity," and said that Yasir Arafat, as chairman of the PA, was a "notorious" deceiver in this regard. "Israel paid dearly for its trust in Arafat's English pronouncements," according to Marcus and Crook, "with more than 1,000 killed and tens of thousands wounded in the Palestinian Intifada.

"Today's leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, was Arafat's right hand man and partner during the first duplicity period. To Israel and the U.S. in English, he is talking peace. To his people in Arabic, through his TV and schoolbooks, he is promoting hatred and promising the destruction of Israel. Is Abbas following Arafat's successful duplicity tactic? It is incumbent upon Israel and the world to verify this before going further," conclude the PMW directors.

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