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Arab Rioters on Temple Mount Wound Four Police Officers

By & Israel Hayom

As soon as the Temple Mount was opened to visitors Wednesday morning, just before the eve of the Jewish Sukkot holiday, several masked youths began throwing stones and fireworks at police officers near the Mughrabi Gate.

Masked Arab rioters threw fireworks and rocks at security forces on the Temple Mount, in what has become a tradition of riotous violence before Sukkot. Riot police pushed the attackers back by setting up roadblocks, but it was not enough to deter the unrest.

Police chased the rioters into Al-Aqsa mosque, but the youths blocked the final gate into the mosque and spilled flammable liquid around themselves, creating a barrier inside the mosque grounds from where they launched stones and fireworks at the police. The rioters also sprayed the police officers with an unidentified liquid that burned their airways and threw Molotov cocktails, one of which exploded right beside the police, four of whom were injured lightly.

The police restrained the rioters and removed all barriers protecting the entrance to the mosque. The wounded policemen were treated on the spot. Five Arabs have now been arrested after the eruption. "We will continue to show zero tolerance for any attempt to violate the public order, and we will arrest them and bring them to justice," a police spokesperson stated Wednesday morning.

The Jordanian Waqf has had de facto rule of the Mount since the 1967 Six-Day War, and keeps an iron fist on the Temple Mount and its activities; Jews face constant discrimination and violence for visiting the site, and there is a blanket ban on Jewish prayer there.

Unrest on the Mount has escalated recently, as part of a cycle of chaos and violence in Jerusalem known as the "silent intifada" which has seen terrorism in and around Jerusalem rise by a staggering 509%. Rioting on the Mount has become so prominent that Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) was forced to talk over the sound of explosions during traditional Rosh Hashanah greetings last month.

Hours after Arab rioters attacked Israeli security forces at the Temple Mount, Jordan criticized Israel over security forces' conduct in reaction to the riots. "The forces of the occupation ... prevented religious officials entering (the compound) and cleared it of all Muslims, while at the same time enabling Jewish extremists to storm it, and pray with security forces protection," government spokesman Mohammed Momeni said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency.

He called on Israel to "stop its devastating campaign against the Al-Aqsa mosque, religious officials and worshippers," slamming "police... firing bullets and bombs inside the compound, which injured dozens of people."

PA President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for the friction at the holy site, saying that it was deliberately raising tensions there. "The Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque, led by settlers and extremists, and under the auspices of the Israeli government, have recently increased and intensified.:

Israeli Study: Tumors Might Grow More Quickly at Night

By The Media Line

Cancer scientists have long been interested in how and why tumors grow and spread. Now, a group at the Weizmann Institute of Science has found that tumors might grow more quickly at night, meaning that it might be more efficient to give chemotherapy during the night rather than during daytime.

"It could mean that some treatments should be done during the night," Yehoshua Enuka, one of the authors of the report told The Media Line. "It could also lead to a better understanding of the exact biological and molecular mechanism that governs the process of tumor progression." The findings, which were published in Nature Communications, were done on gastric tumors in mice and the experiment has not been done yet on human subjects.

In the case of the mice, which are more active during the night and sleep during the day, the tumors grew more quickly during the day. The hypothesis is that in the case of people, the tumors will grow faster at night than during the day. It would therefore be more effective to give chemotherapy at night.

Non-scientists might question how much validity a study on mice could have on human cancer, but scientists say humans are more similar to mice than we might think. "There's a concept of a model organism in biology," Don Katcoff of the Faculty of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University told The Media Line. "The physiology is similar and many of the same rules apply."

He also said the findings that were published do seem to be breaking new ground. "They found that the tumors became smaller if chemotherapy was given to the mice during the daytime, which is equivalent to our night," he said. "They found that it the difference was statistically significant, but there is a conglomerate of factors that go into deciding how much chemotherapy to give and what kinds of compounds to use."

The scientists gave a breast cancer drug, Lapatinib, to mice with cancer. The drug is meant to inhibit EGFR, to prevent the growth of the cancer cells. They were more effective during the day, when the mice were sleeping, than at night.

Yehoshua Enuka of the Weizmann Institute says that the research could help scientists understand how tumors grow. "It sheds new light on tumor progression," he said. "If we know it progresses more at night, we know there are different biological mechanisms that are more prevalent during the night. The cortisol seems to block the biological processes that enhance the tumor."

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