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A Year of Crisis

Dispatch from Jerusalem

Barghouti- The Intifada Must Go On

March 14, 2005

The Palestinian people should carry on with the intifada, and the death of Yasser Arafat should not signal the end of the “resistance” against Israel, Marwan Barghouti, the jailed Fatah leader, said in November, after Arafat's death.

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UN Council Adopts Anti-Terror Resolution

March 14, 2005

{image_1} The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously in October for a Russian-initiated resolution that seeks to expand the prosecution and extradition of terrorist groups and individuals, including Chechen separatists. But after challenges from Islamic nations Algeria and Pakistan, Moscow's UN ambassador, Andrei Denisov, considerably softened the original text in an effort to get the 15-0 vote.

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Another Possible Parkinson’s Gene Identified

{image_1} Israeli researchers have added another gene to the list of those possibly linked to Parkinson's disease, saying their finding could one day affect the treatment options available to patients.

The gene is one that, in a mutated form, causes Gaucher's disease, a genetic condition in which lipids-blood fats-can't be metabolized properly. There is a high incidence of the disease among Ashkenazic Jews, from Eastern Europe.

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Intifada Cost to Israel- US $12 Billion

March 14, 2005

The Israeli economy has lost some US $12 billion over the past four years as a result of clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, credit-risk group Business Data Israel (BDI) said in November.

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Molecules Form Nano Containers

{image_1} Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have found a way to coax the self-assembly of minuscule, multi-compartment structures made from molecules, the smallest structures made by man.

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Man-Made Spider Webs Stronger than Steel

{image_1} For the first time ever, self-assembled spider web fibers, which are much stronger than silk spun by silkworms, have been created under laboratory conditions outside of the bodies of the arthropods.

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Oldest Iron Workshop in Israel Discovered

March 14, 2005

The Bible relates that the Philistines zealously guarded technologies for producing superior weapons, so that the Israelites could not get their hands on them. But that didn't last forever. A recent dig at tel (mound) Beit Shemesh has found an iron workshop dating back to the ninth century BC, the earliest known in the eastern Mediterranean.

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New Head Of Fatah- Follow In Arafat’s Pathtest

March 14, 2005

Newly appointed Fatah head Farouk Kaddoumi said in November that Yasser Arafat “had joined the tens of thousands of martyrs among the Palestinian nation.” Speaking on the Al-Jazeera television network, he said Arafat had left behind a generation of Palestinians who will “work toward the fulfillment of his dream that a Palestinian boy will fly the Palestinian flag above the walls of Jerusalem.”

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“Al-Yasser Rockets Show Our Love”

March 2, 2005

Fighters in the Gaza Strip are proud to show off the latest addition to their arsenal of homemade rockets—the “Yasser Arafat.”

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PA TV Sermon: “We Want to Return to 1919 Borders”

March 2, 2005

Each Friday, Muslim countries invite noted Muslim clerics to give sermon messages on state-sponsored radio and television. The Palestinian Authority (PA) is no exception. In Sheik Ibrahim Madiras’s Friday sermon on PA TV last December, he called for the borders of the Palestinian state to be those of the British Mandate—at that time, comprising all the land of Israel, the territories, and the Kingdom of Jordan. Incidentally, this land was given to the Jewish people by order of the 1917 Balfour Declaration. Subsequently, for British political interests, chunks of territory were taken from the Jews and given to the Arabs.

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