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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
Olmert Says He Has Prostate Cancer
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrlcVQo0kdg) 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
"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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