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Smugglers’ Cross-Border Tunnel Discovered in San Diego

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

It’s not only Israel contending with tunnels, although for Israel tunnels pose an existential threat.

For the third time this month, a cross-border tunnel was discovered Wednesday (April 20) leading from Mexico to California. Authorities seized seven tons of marijuana and more than a ton of cocaine.

The tunnel, measuring nearly half a mile, is believed to be the longest ever found in California. It was equipped with a rail system, ventilation, lights and a large elevator, making delivery of the smuggled goods much easier and more efficient. Some tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border have been discovered with hydraulic lifts and electric rail cards, according to Fox News.

The exit on the U.S. side was about three feet wide. Six people were arrested last Friday in San Diego and charged with constructing tunnels and other drug-related crimes. They were not identified and their affiliation is not known.

There are numerous drug cartels doing “business” throughout Latin America, including a number who carry out transactions with Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Agents found 1,600 pounds of marijuana inside the tunnel. Another 11,000 pounds of cannabis and 2,242 pounds of cocaine were found in the truck that had been collected from the handy trash bin strategically placed to hide the mouth of the tunnel, as a pickup site for smugglers. In addition, another 1,430 pounds of marijuana were found in the bin.

Hana Levi Julian

Weizmann Institute Drug Approved for Prostate Cancer Therapy in Mexico

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

(JNi.media) A therapy invented at the Weizmann Institute of Science and clinically developed in collaboration with Steba Biotech (Luxembourg) has been approved by Cofepris, Mexico’s health authority, for the focal treatment of early-stage prostate cancer.

The therapy involves a laser and a novel drug, TOOKAD® Soluble. A successful Phase III clinical trial in Latin America (Mexico, Peru and Panama), involving 80 patients, confirmed the high rate of local cures and minimal side effects already reported in Phase II clinical trials, as evidenced by negative biopsies and maintenance of patients’ potency, continence and overall quality of life.

The marketing approval in Mexico comes in the wake of the recent completion of a second Phase III clinical trial in Europe. This randomized pivot study compared disease progression, cancer-free rate and urinary and erectile functions in patients treated with TOOKAD® Soluble and those undergoing active surveillance with a follow-up of two years. It involved more than 400 patients at 43 hospitals in 11 European countries and is currently under evaluation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The approved therapy follows a new paradigm developed by Prof. Yoram Salomon of the Biological Regulation Department and Prof. Avigdor Scherz of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department in the framework of photodynamic therapy. It comprises an intravenous infusion of TOOKAD® Soluble, immediately followed by near-infrared laser illumination through thin optic fibers that are inserted into the cancer prostatic tissue, under ultrasound control. Tookad® Soluble was first synthesized in Scherz’s lab from bacteriochlorophyll, the photosynthetic pigment of certain aquatic bacteria that draw their energy supply from sunlight. The drug stays in the patient’s blood circulation until it totally clears 3-4 hours later, and it shows no toxicity. Confined illumination of the diseased tissue activates the circulating drug locally, resulting in the extensive generation of short-lived toxic molecules: oxygen and nitric oxide radicals. These highly reactive molecules initiate rapid occlusion and destruction of the tumor blood vessels, followed by necrotic death of the entire tumor while sparing nearby structures and their functions. The use of near-infrared illumination, together with the rapid clearance of the drug from the body and the unique non-thermal mechanism of action, makes it possible to safely treat large, deeply embedded cancerous tissue using a minimally invasive procedure. The recent marketing approval was provided to both the drug (TOOKAD® Soluble) and the laser illumination device (Laser), together designated Vascular Targeted Photodynamic Therapy (VTP) with TOOKAD® Soluble.

In the currently approved focal therapy setting, TOOKAD® Soluble VTP (TS-VTP) is a day-case procedure lasting approximately 90 minutes. Patients are released a few hours later and can return to normal activities within a few days, with none of the side effects frequently associated with prostate removal by surgery or radiotherapy. This new minimally invasive technology offers a good alternative to patients diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. The number of these patients has dramatically increased in the last two decades due to widespread screening relying on levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA). This population faces the dilemma of undergoing the radical treatment of prostate removal with the risk of high morbidity, or remaining under active surveillance with increased risk of further cancer progression.

Tookad® Soluble answers an unmet need in providing this category of patients with an appropriate treatment, which combines good efficacy with a preservation of the quality of life.

Weizmann institute and Steba Biotech are currently pursuing an extensive oncological research program in collaboration with several clinical groups at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Four clinical studies for more advanced prostate cancer and other oncological indications stemming from this research are scheduled to start in 2016.

JNi.Media

At Least One Jew Will Vote for Trump

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Donald Trump is guaranteed of at least one Jewish vote.

He is Michael Cohen, who is one of Trump’s executives and who serves as his special advisor in the circus act that the Republican party calls a presidential campaign.

Cohen spends a lot of his time defending Trump, whose fame has skyrocketed as America’s most famous bigot since Archie Bunker.

Didn’t Trump say?

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.

Cohen reassured CNN last week that The Donald “has a great relationship with Latinos” and also maintained:

[Trump] “never made any derogatory or disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.

According to the Forward, Cohen voted for Barack Obama in 2008.

He now is Trumps assured Jewish voter.

Trump may even get a second Jewish vote in the primaries, but it is safe bet he or she will not be a Mexican Jew.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israel, Mexico, Sign Research & Development Pact

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Israel and Mexico have signed a deal to cooperate on industrial research and development, Israel’s Ministry of Economy announced Monday.

The two nations are set to fund joint projects aimed at advancing industrial development between both.

Leading fields for cooperation with Mexico will focus primarily on water management, desert agriculture, pharmacology and medical devices, electronics and communication.

“Mexico is one of the world’s largest manufacturers in a variety of fields, comprising an essential part of the country’s economy,” said Rona Kotler Ben Aroya, trade attache to Mexico from the Israeli Ministry of Economy.

“The signing of the industrial R&D agreement between Israel and Mexico will help Israeli companies integrate products and advanced technologies with local manufacturers and realize the potential of [the North American] market.”

Hana Levi Julian

Carnival Cruise Passenger In On-Board Ebola Quarantine

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

A Texas lab technician is in voluntary quarantine aboard a Carnival Cruise ship after the CDC issued a travel ban on workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas who were near where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died.

The technician on the cruise ship handled fluids from the dead Ebola patient.

The new CDC requirements are that suspected carriers are banned from planes, trains, ships, bars, restaurants, stores, theaters, and other public locations for a period of 21 days from their last contact.

The technician will be at day 21 on Sunday, and she is currently quarantined in the room with her husband and is showing no symptoms of the disease.

The cruise ship, with 4000 passengers, was set to dock in Mexico, but the country refused to let the ship dock.

The ship was able to let the passengers, except the possibly infected passenger, disembark in Belize and is returning to Texas, where it will arrive on Sunday.

In addition, Dallas nurse, Nina Pham (26) has been diagnosed with Ebola, and is in fair condition and being treated.

While another Dallas nurse, Amber Vinson (29), who was infected with Ebola, flew on a plane between Dallas and Cleveland. She is hospitalized in stable condition. She was flying out to plan her upcoming wedding.

Both nurses treated Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Operation Tsuk Eitan: “Under Siege”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

San Diego, CA under Siege:

As the news blasts from all radio and TV stations, since 2 days ago, San Diego is under heavy missile fire coming from the Mexican border. The city of Chula Vista has been the most damaged so far.

 

The American people have learned from the Mexican government and its people “how deeply sorry they are” but in fact they cannot stop the fire because it is coming from military dissidents that joined forces with some local guerrillas (calling themselves “freedom fighters for a better Mexico”). This terrorism is been funded by all the “drug cartels” in Mexico for their own good interests.

 

For the last 2 days, San Diego has been completely paralyzed. All major retail stores such as: Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, etc., along with restaurants and all non-essential service companies have been closed for business. The Aquarium, Sea World, The Zoo and the Wild Animal Park are all closed for visitors, and all employees were sent home on a forced non-paid vacation due to security concerns.

 

So far there are no human casualties but more than 1.3 million citizens are under heavy siege. Commerce has been paralyzed with beaches, malls and streets empty while citizens secure themselves in bomb shelters and protected rooms – if they have one.

 

The economy has been severely hurt by the shutdown. Billions of dollars are being lost every day and there is no end to the situation on the horizon in spite of all the “negotiators” and the UN resolution condemning the Mexican aggression.

 

The Commander in chief:

Today at 8:00 am the President – the commander in chief – has declared the United States of America in a State of War disregarding all international laws under the pretext that “the best interests of the American people are being jeopardized”. Below is the message he delivered to the Nation:

 

“We, the American people have adopted the “castle doctrine” and the “stand-your-ground law” where a person may justifiably use force in self-defense without an obligation to retreat first.” A fortiori when the wellbeing of the entire nation is concerned.

 

As a result of the barbaric attack against our sovereign territory and our people, I the commander in chief using the power granted by the War Powers Act (1973) declare war on Mexico. The Congress will be asked to grant its permission in the next few days.”

 

The president said that belligerent acts coming from Mexican territory are a clear Mexican aggression and act of war against the US and the entire American people. As a result, the American people will not accept any apologies or negotiate with such a “terrorist State” as Mexico.

 

The American military response:

8:40 today, the third day after the Mexicans commenced their brutal attack, the US has ordered all battle ships stationed in San Diego to open fire against Mexican territories. No warnings will be sent and there are no specific targets so far. “All canons and all types of ammunition should be used without discrimination in order to save the lives of our beloved American soldiers”, stated the President.

 

9:00 the first squadron of Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirits, also known as the Stealth Bomber, has dropped their first load of deadly bombs in the entire strip of the Mexican territory (along the border with California). As far as the news coming from Mexico, heavy casualties are already reported on the Mexican side.

 

10:30 the President has authorized the use of “Napalm” bombs, a mixture of a thickening agent and fuel for use in an incendiary device that causes extended damage and is capable of burning vast areas in minutes.

Tzvi Szajnbrum

Latin American Trading Moving Up on Israeli Agenda

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to improve economic ties with politically friendly Latin American countries in order to compensate for the crippled economy of Israel’s main trading continent, Europe.

The new effort to increase Latin American trading, particularly with Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico, will compliment Netanyahu’s simultaneous effort to increase economic ties with China and other East Asian countries. These four Latin American countries formed the free-trade Pacific Alliance last year and account for about 36 percent of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP). They all trade significantly with North America.

Currently in Latin America, Brazil is Israel’s main trading partner, taking in Israeli exports at about $1.1 billion per year and importing to Israel at about $400 million per year. In June, Israeli President Shimon Peres signed a free-trade agreement with Colombia.

JNS News Service

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