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PA Admits Israeli Sanctions Are Cutting Deep

(INN.com) Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad admitted Sunday Israel’s decision to freeze tax revenue transfers to the PA were cutting deep.

Fayyad told reporters Sunday that the sanctions have a “devastating impact” on the economy in PA-run enclaves.

Israel froze the transfer of tax revenues – amounting to roughly $100 million per month – after the PA launched a series of unilateral moves at the United Nations aimed at attaining recognition of a state based on pre-1967 lines at the world body.

Officials in Jerusalem said the moves, which began with a now-moribund application for statehood at the UN Security Council and culminated in UNESCO voting to induct the PA as a ‘member state,’ were a direct violation of the bilateral Oslo Accords.

All contacts and cooperation with the PA – including the transfer of tax revenues – occur under the auspices of bilateral agreements that proscribe unilateral moves like those the PA is pursuing, Israeli officials note.

PA officials were forced to suspend their unilateral track after UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon withdrew his support for their statehood bid at the world body in the face of promised funding cuts to UN agencies by the United States. The United States underwrites 22 percent of the UN operating budget and 27 percent of its peace keeping operations

Senior economic officials in Ramallah have long said Israel’s transfers of tax revenues along with foreign aid are crucial to keeping Fayyad’s the cash-strapped administration afloat. Israel’s funds freeze to Ramallah coincides with a downturn in foreign donations to the PA – especially from Arab countries coping with the Arab spring.

Last week Fayyad told reporters if Israel did not resume the transfer of tax funds the PA would have to close its doors.

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Despite Hamas’ Terror Attacks, Aid To Gaza Continues

Aid convoys crossing into Gaza from Israel

Despite rocket attacks on Southern Israel by the terror group Hamas, humanitarian aid continues to flow into Gaza. Nearly 5,000 truckloads of aid, from food to medical supplies, crosses over every month. In September, 4945 truckloads (136,785 tons) of commercial goods were delivered through Kerem Shalom Crossing, including:

1728 truckloads of food.
54 truckloads of cloths and footwear.
131 truckloads of unputs for agriculture.
1503 truckloads of construction materials.
66 truckloads of electric products.
261 truckloads of ceramics and plumbing.
22 truckloads of sport equipment, vehicles, washing machines and refrigerators.

The transfer of cooking gas continued throughout the month; overall, 2,575 tons of cooking gas were transferred into the Gaza Strip. 

This month, 3,295 Palestinian individuals exited the Gaza Strip through Erez crossing. Overall, 3,045 permits were issued to Palestinians for exiting the Gaza Strip; including:

1,522 permits for medical treatment (762 patients and 760 for accompanying individuals).
57 permits for International Organizations’ employees.
26 permits for medical conventions.
33 permits for attending weddings, funerals and visiting family.

66 meetings with private businessmen and other representatives were held. During September, 1,455 businessmen exited the Gaza Strip.

163 projects, funded by the international community, were approved, out of which:

35 projects were completed.
57 projects are under implementation.

Israel Scientists Closer To Cancer Cure

Researchers from Tel Aviv University believe they are closer to finding a treatment that can kill cancer cells.

While all the world’s ansemitic pundits and conspiracy junkies continue to scrape the bottom of the internet cesspool for any scrap of dirt – real or fabricated – against the Jewish state, Israeli scientists continue to make advances in medicine to help create a better world..

Cancer researchers are constantly on the hunt for treatments that can selectively kill cancer cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed. They’re now one step closer to that goal thanks to the work of Israeli scientists, who have successfully created the first computerized genome-scale model of cancer cell metabolism.

As the researchers described recently in Nature, the model provides a platform from which to tailor targeted drugs that could shut down only malignant cells. “It’s quite unique,” says Ruppin. “Our team is the first to build a full-blown model of this in the computer, and the first to utilize the concept of selective therapy in cancer cell metabolism.”

Three bioinformatics specialists in his lab at TAU worked on the model for nearly two years, painstakingly reconstructing the thousands of genes, reactions and metabolic processes in a kidney cancer cell. The model is generic, so it can also be used to find drugs for other kinds of cancer.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done,” says Ruppin, who earned his MD (1987) and PhD in computer science (1993) from TAU, where he is currently a professor of medicine and computer science. “We have identified drug candidates, not drugs. It takes years, and a lot of money, to go from the basic science stage where we are to developing a drug that actually works. We will be taking current targets for kidney cancer and moving them closer to being a real clinical drug.” They’ll also be investigating possibilities for other cancers.

Several major pharmaceutical companies are in talks with the university’s technology transfer company, which is seeking investment support for the project.

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