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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-12-21

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World

While everyone's busy
debating stem cells,
we're busy
producing results.

While the stem cell debate

effect becoming a biological

rages, scientists at the

pacemaker. Eventually, this

Technion-Israel Institute

could eliminate mechanical

of Technology are using

pacemakers, which require

this important science to

surgery to replace the

advance medicine and

Terrorist Regrets
Jerusalem/JTA — The mastermind of
the Palestinian attack on Israeli ath-
letes at the 1972 Munich Olympics
voiced regret at the deaths.
Mohammed Daoud, former head
of the PLO terrorist group Black
September, said in a rare Israeli press
interview that the 1972 attack was
designed to take hostages for a pris-
oner swap. "It was in our interest that
they stay alive," Daoud told Ma'ariv
from his home in Syria.
"The instructions were not to
kill anyone, except in cases of self-
defense. I am saddened by the deaths
of the Israelis and the Palestinians."
Daoud blamed the deaths on then-
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir,
whose refusal to negotiate a prisoner
swap was followed by a botched
German rescue attempt. Daoud also
offered to argue his case before the
bereaved Israeli families, an offer
rejected by at least two of the slain
Olympians' widows.
"There is no place here for exon-
eration," said Ilana Romano, whose
weightlifter husband, Yosef, was the
first to be killed. "He should have
felt his regret before the murder, not
after."

battery every few

save lives.

years, and could

replace

Technion

damaged

researchers

cells in

have

patients

turned

who have

embryonic

had heart

stem cells

attacks.

into insulin-

producing

Technion

cells for treating

scientists are also

diabetes,and into muscle

developing special cell lines

and blood vessel cells for

that can address one of the

future replacement parts.

most significant challenges

They are successfully growing

of stem cell technology—how

stem cells into beating heart

to coax more of the cells to

muscle, which is already

develop into specific types

being used to test new drugs

that are needed—

and to study the effects of

say heart or nerve cells.

End Student Ban?
Jerusalem/JTA — Israel's highest
court ruled that a sweeping ban
against allowing. Palestinians to
study in Israel is unreasonable.
The High Court of Justice ordered
the military to set criteria within
60 days for admitting at least some
Palestinian students into Israel. The
interim ruling came after the Arava
Institute for Environmental Studies
asked to join a court petition arguing
against a total ban.
"The ruling prevents the military
from automatically vetoing the abil-
ity of Palestinian students to study in
Israel," said Noam Peleg, an attorney
for Gisha, the civil rights group that
argued the petition before the court.
For security reasons, it has been
increasingly difficult for Palestinians
to study in Israel since the
Palestinians launched their violent
intifada in September 2000.

stresses on the heart.

The American Technion

Most recently, Technion

Society is proud to be a

researchers have shown

partner in these efforts. With

that stem cells can be

your help, we can ensure that

integrated into a damaged

Israel's scientists continue

heart, where they help

shaping a stronger Israel and

regulate its activity, in

a better, safer world.

V

AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR

TECHNION

ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

To find out how you can participate in events

U.K. Jews In Danger

email detroit@ats.org , call (248) 737-1990

London/JTA — Jews in Britain are
four times more likely to suffer hate
crimes than are Muslims, accord-
ing to police figures. The Sunday
Telegraph reported this week on data
collected from July to September.
Crimes ranged from assault and

or visit www.ats.orgicell

Jerome J. Kanter, President

Scott Leemaster, Chair

Jo Strausz Rosen, Detroit Chapter Director

Matt Engelbert, Regional Director

32506 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

1198000

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December 21 . 2006

verbal abuse to vandalism and other
criminal damage at places of wor-
ship.
The Association of Chief Police
Officers requested the statistics
for the first time in 2006 following
reports of Muslims being attacked
after the Sept. 11, 2001, and July 2005
terrorist attacks in the United States
and London, respectively.
The results show that only one in
1,700 Muslims, as compared to one
in 400 Jews, is likely to be the victim
of a hate crime. .

Hawaiian Menorahs
Honolulu/JTA — Airports in Hawaii
for the first time included menorahs
in their holiday displays.
Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky, direc-
tor of Chabad of Hawaii, told the
Associated Press that he approached
the airports in light of a recent
incident in Seattle, where the inter-
national airport removed Christmas
trees in response to a demand by
a Chabad rabbi that a menorah be
added to the holiday display. The
trees were restored last week.
"In light of everything that's going
on, we thought it was a good idea to
approach the state and see if we can
put the menorahs up there. And we
got a very, very favorable response,"
Rabbi Krasnjansky told AP. Hawaii's
governor, Linda Lingle, is Jewish.

Chanukah And Shoah

Washington/JTA — Preserving the
memory of the Holocaust was the
theme of this year's lighting of the
"national menorah" on the White
House Ellipse.
Speakers, including Susan Schwab,
the U.S. trade representative and a
daughter of Holocaust survivors,
referred to last week's conference in
Iran denying the Holocaust.
"This menorah is a beacon that
guides us away from the forces of
darkness," she told several thou-
sand people gathered Sunday. Rabbi
Levi Shemtov, who heads American
Friends of Lubavitch, which organiz-
es the event, referred to the presence
at the Holocaust denial conference
of Neturei Karta, a tiny anti-Zionist
Chasidic sect. "We must confront that
evil and their current supporters, no
matter what they look like or how
they dress," Rabbi Shemtov said.
The menorah lighting, in place
since 1979, is a private event,
although President Reagan dubbed it
the "national menorah?'

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