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Another ‘Goodwill’ Terrorist Release on the Horizon

Hundreds more jailed terrorists may be freed before the Annapolis conference as the Prime Minister seeks to buy the “good will” of Arabs in the PA.

  1. Another ‘Goodwill’ Terrorist Release on the Horizon
  2. Olmert to Demand PA Accept Israel as Jewish State
  3. Haifa U Computer Dep’t Finds Security Hole in Microsoft Windows
  4. Sderot: Kassams Hit Barn, Help Arrives from Abroad and Home
  5. Yishai Waves Goodbye to Government Subsidies for Basic Bread
  6. News from Gush Katif
  7. Alternative ‘Jewish Sovereignty’ Summit Planned
  8. Rebbe Nachman’s Grave in Immediate Danger of Takeover
  9. Israeli Scientist Uses Cinnamon to Save Lives

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1. Another ‘Goodwill’ Terrorist Release on the Horizon

by Hana Levi Julian

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is planning to release hundreds of terrorists from Israeli jails in another “good will” gesture to prop up the government of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Some 300 to 400 terrorists are reportedly set to be released prior to the upcoming U.S.-sponsored Middle East summit to be held November 26 in Annapolis. PA leaders have demanded that Israel free 2,000 terrorist prisoners prior to the conference.

Eighty-six terrorist members of Abbas’s Fatah gang were released last month in honor of the Muslim month of Ramadan. Of those, 29 were returned to Gaza despite objections by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.

The IDF Chief of Staff said in a letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the release was problematic “in terms of moral values” as long as IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit remains in captivity in the Hamas terror-controlled region.

In response, the Prime Minister’s Office retorted that Ashkenazi “is not the government’s morality officer,” although Barak upheld the IDF Chief of Staff’s right to express his opinion.

Fifty-seven other jailed Fatah terrorists were allowed back into PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria a day earlier.

This past summer, the Prime Minister ordered the release of 256 terrorists from Israeli prisons, as well as amnesty for 178 wanted terrorists on the condition that they turn in their weapons and sign a document to change their violent ways.

Many of those were crossed off Israel’s “wanted” list despite their not having actually signed their commitment signature, picked up new weapons and returned to work planning new attacks on Israeli civilians, according to a report in August by World Net Daily. They were also eligible to receive up to NIS 60,000 (approximately $15,000) from the PA government for turning in their weapons, depending on which type of gun it was.

The wanted men were given a three month “trial period” in which to avoid terrorist activities prior to being officially removed from the “fugitive” list. They later were to receive new weapons from the PA government after joining the PA security force, according to the report.

In July, Olmert released 255 Fatah prisoners from the Ketziot security prison where riots last month resulted in more than 100 people injured. The release was conditional upon the terrorists making a promise that they will not murder Israelis. Most of those had been convicted of attempted murder or placing bombs in hopes of murdering citizens of the Jewish State.

One terrorist in the July release declined to leave because he preferred to continue receiving free medication for his arthritis.

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2. Olmert to Demand PA Accept Israel as Jewish State

by Gil Ronen

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert intends to demand that the Palestinian Authority accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state in upcoming negotiations. This will be Israel’s precondition for any further negotiations with the PA, according to Channel 2 TV.

Prime Minister Olmert clarified that he will not necessarily make the demand before the upcoming Annapolis conference, and that Israel will participate in the conference whether or not the PA recognizes it as Jewish. The matter will come up again in talks after the conference, he said.

Olmert hopes that Arab acceptance of the demand will force the PA to give up on calls for an Arab influx into Israel’s borders as part of a “right of return.” If the PA agrees to announce its acceptance, Olmert will respond with concrete concessions.

Until now, however, the PA negotiators’ position has been to reject this condition.

According to a report by Ynet, the PA’s negotiating team will refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in the declaration expected to be signed at the Annapolis Mideast summit November 26. Israeli and PA negotiating teams are scheduled to meet Monday following an incident in which lead PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala), the former PA Prime Minister, was held up Sunday for half an hour at a security checkpoint on his way to Jerusalem for the meeting.

Netanyahu Discusses Annapolis with Rabbi Ovadia
Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu and Knesset faction chairman MK Gideon Saar met with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shas’ spiritual mentor, and Minister Eli Yishai, the party’s chairman, Monday morning. Netanyahu explained the dangers of the Annapolis conference to the leaders of Shas, advising them to leave the coalition. “OImert is repeating the mistakes made by Ehud Barak in Camp David,” Netanyahu said, “in agreeing to make concessions without receiving anything in return.”

Arutz-7’s Hebrew correspondent Chizky Ezra asked Netanyahu whether, if elected Prime Minister, he would feel obligated to fulfill Olmert’s Annapolis promises. At that point, Netanyahu thanked the reporters who had gathered and walked away.

Israel to Redefine ‘Blood on hands’
Israel has decided to redefine the term “with blood on their hands,” which it has used for decades to indicate terrorists who participated in attacks that caused casualties.

The government reportedly wants to include a narrower definition in a package of incentives which it plans to award the PA. Israeli government officials fear that PA Arabs’ will be angry when Israel does not cave in on every one of their demands at the upcoming summit at Annapolis. To placate them, the government is preparing a package of concessions.

A senior defense source told NRG-Maariv: “In any case, Israel will not release murderers, nor the people who directly helped carry out a murder.” Of the roughly 10,000 security prisoners in Israel, about 4,000 are defined as having “blood on their hands.”

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3. Haifa U Computer Dep’t Finds Security Hole in Microsoft Windows

A group of researchers headed by Dr. Benny Pinkas from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Haifa found a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s “Windows 2000” Operating System.

All correspondence that was typed into a computer using Windows 2000 is susceptible to tracking, including emails, passwords, and credit card numbers. “This is not a theoretical discovery. Anyone who exploits this security loophole can definitely access this information on other computers,” said Dr. Pinkas.

Various security vulnerabilities in different computer operating systems have been discovered over the years. While previous security breaches enabled hackers to follow correspondence from the time of the breach onwards, this newly-discovered loophole enables hackers to access information sent prior to the security breach and even information that is no longer stored on the computer.

The researchers, which included Hebrew University graduate students Zvi Gutterman and Leo Dorrendorf, found the loophole in the random number generator of Windows. This is a program which is, among other things, a critical building block for file and email encryption, and for the SSL encryption protocol which is used by all Internet browsers.

For example, in correspondence with a bank or any other website that requires typing in a password, or a credit card number, the random number generator creates a random encryption key, which is used to encrypt the communication so that only the target website can read the correspondence. The research team deciphered how the random number generator works enabling them to compute previous and future encryption keys, and eavesdrop on private communication.

The researchers notified the Microsoft security response team about their discovery.

“There is no doubt that hacking into a computer using our method requires advanced planning. On the other hand, simpler security breaches also require planning, and I believe that there is room for concern at large companies, and for people who manage sensitive information. They should understand that the privacy of their data is at risk,” explained Dr. Pinkas.

Although they only checked “Windows 2000” (which is currently the third most popular operating system in use), the research team assumes that newer versions of “Windows”, such as XP and Vista, use similar random number generators and may also be vulnerable.

Their conclusion is that Microsoft needs to improve the way it encodes information. They recommend that Microsoft publish the code of their random number generators as well as of other elements of the “Windows” security system to enable computer security experts outside Microsoft to evaluate their effectiveness.

The results of the research are described in a scientific paper entitled “Cryptanalysis of the Windows Random Number Generator”, which was presented at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security which took place in Alexandria, Virginia on October 29 – November 2, 2007. The paper is available for download at http://eprint.iacr.org/2007/419 .

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4. Sderot: Kassams Hit Barn, Help Arrives from Abroad and Home

by Hillel Fendel

Arabs in Gaza fired three Kassam rockets at Israel Sunday morning, scoring a direct hit on a cowshed in Kibbutz Zikim. The cowshed went up in flames, seven cows were killed and four others were injured.

Saturday evening, two Kassams were fired towards Sderot, landing south of the city and causing no casualties. An IDF force attacked a terrorist cell firing Kassam rockets, and reported hits.

Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have come out in favor of the government’s right to place sanctions against Gaza. They criticized Attorney General Menachem Mazuz’s decision to order the sanctions revoked.

Speaking at the Cabinet meeting Sunday morning, Friedmann said that Mazuz was not authorized to hold up the government’s decision to respond to ongoing Kassam rocket attacks by reducing electricity supplies to Gaza. “The Attorney General’s job is to present both sides of each issue,” Friedmann said, “but it is the government’s job to decide. Israel’s foreign relations, including sanctions it places on another state or entity, are given to the government to determine.”

Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said he knows of no other country that supplies electricity to a neighbor that fires rockets upon it. He repeated his opinion that it was a mistake to have left Gaza two years ago.

Time to Attack?
While it is common knowledge that Hamas is continually building up its military arsenal against Israel, former IDF General and current Labor MK Amram Mitzna says the time has still not come for Israel to attack Gaza. He told Arutz-7’s Hebrew newsmagazine last week that the government must view this option only as a last resort. “It will not be just another battle,” Mitzna said, “but a situation of war between massive forces. We are likely to end up remaining in Gaza for many months, and even possibly more than a year.”

Nationalist camp politicians and military leaders have long called for military action in Gaza. MK Uri Ariel (National Union) said two months ago, “Any further delay in carrying out a second Operation Defensive Shield and the uprooting of terrorism from Gaza will merely strengthen the threat. If we don’t do it today, the threat will be much greater tomorrow.”

Former Deputy Intelligence Chief in the IDF, Brig.-Gen. (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror, said at the time that one major reason the government is so hesitant to retaliate with a ground offensive is because it “is made up of people who carried out the ridiculous and irresponsible Disengagement; they know they are responsible, and it is hard for them to admit their mistake.” Amidror said that ordering the IDF back into Gaza to retake the very region that they ordered the IDF to withdraw from in the 2005 Disengagement is tantamount to a confession that they erred.

Helping Sderot

  • Two weeks from now, the residents of Gush Etzion will take part in a community-wide evening dedicated to the people of Sderot and the western Negev. The evening will feature a Sderot photo exhibit, a movie on life in Sderot and a musical concert by Lenny Solomon. The objective is to raise enough money – $15,000 – to renovate a bomb shelter in the rocket-besieged area. For more information, send email to <izzy@actcom.co.il >.
  • The congregants of Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel in Newton Centre, Mass., have contributed the sum of $50,000 towards emergency relief efforts in Sderot. The donation will be used to renovate a second Makom Balev (A Warm Place in Your Heart) center, operating out of a bomb shelter. The donation will supplement the Orthodox Union’s Sderot Shabbat campaign, held in June, which raised more than $345,000 to support OU Israel’s programs in the city.

    Makom Balev is OU-Israel’s youth program, which seeks to develop the social and religious identities of Israeli children. In Sderot, it serves the extra purpose of enabling children to seek shelter when Kassam rockets begin to fall. The shelter that will now be renovated will include a kitchenette, a ping pong table, games and toys for all ages, a library with Jewish and secular texts, a large screen TV with a DVD for videos and video games, and computers.

  • A core group of travelers from “Americans for a Safe Israel” (AFSI) paid a solidarity visit to Sderot two weeks ago, visiting the local yeshiva http://www.sderot.org/ and distributing toys to school children.

  • Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, the head of the new “Sanhedrin,” author/editor of the famous Steinzaltz Talmud, and Dean of Yeshiva Mekor Chaim, spoke at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation in Toronto last week. His topic was: The struggle for peace and freedom in Israel and around the world. All proceeds were earmarked to assist Sderot.

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5. Yishai Waves Goodbye to Government Subsidies for Basic Bread

by Hana Levi Julian

The government, in its weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, decided to drop price regulation on basic bread and instead grant additional welfare payments to citizens in need.

On Monday, Shas party chairman and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Eli Yishai explained the decision as “historic” in that the government can now grant compensation directly to the weaker sectors of society, instead of subsidizing the product for all citizens.

The deal includes an agreement to re-negotiate the measure when the proposed 2008 budget is discussed.

Bakers estimated that the price of bread, once it is freed from price controls, will rise by approximately 15 percent for the basic sliced and whole loaves and for standard Sabbath challahs.

An earlier price hike, by 12.5 percent, was approved in July after a strike by the government-regulated Angel, Berman and Vadash bakeries left store shelves empty for days. The bakeries said they would not absorb the rise in production costs prompted by a rise in the price of wheat on the international market.

At that time, Knesset Economic Committee chairman Gilad Erdan suggested the option of reimbursing low-income citizens while approving a price hike for the basic staple.

The bakeries pressured the government to allow a second increase in the price of basic bread in September, just in time for the Jewish holidays. The bakeries again blamed an increase in the price of wheat on the international market for the need to raise prices.

Last week, the three bakeries again withheld bread production as a means of pressuring the government to lift the ceiling on price controls for the basic staple. They again cited a sharp increase in the cost of flour and electricity, which has spiked in tandem with higher oil prices. The bakeries also acknowledged there would probably be a drop in sales as a result of the new price structure.

The compensation approved by the government is a one-time payment of NIS 60 to 180 ($15 – $45) to low-income families to cover the cost of the price hike from August through December. The cash subsidy, to be distributed December 1, is expected to cost the state a total of approximately NIS 60 million ($15 million), in place of the subsidies it was paying to the regulated bakeries. All those who receive income assistance from the National Insurance Institute, including elderly citizens and families who receive child care payments, would receive the sum.

Opponents of the measure say they doubt that most of those affected by the price rise will receive the subsidy.

The bread price hike still requires the approval of Finance Minister Roni Bar-On before it shows up on store shelves.

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6. News from Gush Katif

by Hillel Fendel

Gov’t to speed up approvals for new communities for Gush Katif expellees… A new medical center to be built in “appreciation” for absorption efforts… Rockets and unrest continue in Gaza… More…

  • The government’s ministerial committee decided Sunday to shorten planning procedures for the new communities slated to be built for the Gush Katif expellees.

    Two and a quarter years after the Disengagement/expulsion, and nearly four years after the idea of the unilateral withdrawal from Jewish Gaza and northern Shomron was first publicly declared by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the government has now taken active notice of the floundering situation of the thousands of displaced residents.

    The ministerial committee voted to adopt the legislative proposal of Kadima MK Ze’ev Elkin, who explained that it is “designed to shorten the planning process, within the framework of the Construction and Zoning Law, just as was done in the 90’s when a million new immigrants arrived from the former Soviet Union.”

    Sixty-three MKs, out of 120, are signed on the legislation.

  • Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a leading Labor Party minister during the Disengagement, now says the withdrawal was a major mistake. He has been called upon to resign.

    Ben-Eliezer said last week, and repeated since then, “I admit and confess: I pushed Sharon to disengage, and we made a mistake and we erred. The disengagement set a precedent: Territory from which you withdraw becomes a terrorist base, period.”

    The World Task Force for the Nation and the Land has issued a statement saying Ben-Eliezer must go further: “For his role in this grave mistake that has so shaken Israel’s security, he cannot merely say he erred. He must draw the indicated personal conclusion and resign immediately, together with all the others who had a role in the Disengagement.”

  • Up to five Kassam rockets were fired from Gaza at Sderot and environs Monday morning; no one was hurt.
  • One Arab was killed in an exchange of fire in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah terrorists, during a memorial ceremony for Yasser Arafat. Arafat died three years ago this week.

  • The former Gush Katif residents will field their own candidate in the elections for Chairman of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. Two candidates – Eliezer Ben-Yaakov of the former Gush Katif town of Gan-Or, and Lior Kalfa, the former head of the N’vei Dekalim secretariat – realized that only one of them should run in order not to dilute the Gush Katif voting power. In a run-off held this week in Nitzan, where the largest concentration of Gush Katif expellees now lives, Ben-Yaakov was narrowly chosen; Kalfa arrived at Ben-Yaakov’s home shortly after the results became known to wish him success. The elections, together with those in many other Regional Councils across the country, are set for November 27.

  • Efforts to find work for ex-Gush Katif residents continue. A new job-finding workshop has been opened, with the help of JobKatif, in Nitzan, and will be held every Tuesday morning for the coming six weeks. An emphasis is to be placed on intensive job hunting and direct contact between the prospective employee and the job market. Personal meetings will also be held with each participant according to his or her specific needs. Sessions will be held on specific job market needs, preparing resumes and for interviews, looking ‘out of the box,’ and more.

  • The cornerstone for a new, advanced emergency medical center will be laid today (Monday) in the Eshkol Regional Council, on the Gaza border – donated in appreciation of the residents’ efforts in helping absorb the Gush Katif expellees. Dr. Iving Moskowitz of Miami has donated six million shekels ($1.5 million) towards its establishment, in appreciation of the successful absorption of residents from Netzarim and Atzmona in two new towns, Yated and Yevul.

    The new medical center, which is scheduled to be completed in eight months, will be built in Tzochar, one of the small Eshkol towns between Gaza and the Negev’s desolate Halutza Sands.

    The Hatzalah medical organization will accompany the construction of the center, which is set to be one of the most advanced medical centers in the peripheral areas of Israel. It will include a Magen David Adom station, a hydrotherapy clinic, and on-call night services. Local residents will no longer have to travel to the hospitals in Be’er Sheva or Ashkelon for emergency treatment.

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7. Alternative ‘Jewish Sovereignty’ Summit Planned

by Hillel Fendel


Our political leadership has abandoned the goal of furthering the Jewish people in the Jewish state, and is working for the goal of building a Palestinian state.
A dozen Jewish organizations have united to hold a “summit” calling for Jewish sovereignty over all of the Land of Israel, meeting on the same day as the Annapolis summit. The title: Sovereignty for the Jewish Nation Over the State of the Land of Israel.

Spokesperson Susie Dym explained, “What is happening in Israel, and consequently among passive Jewish leaders elsewhere, is that our political leadership has abandoned the goal of furthering the Jewish people in the Jewish state, and has gone towards the goal of building a Palestinian state and advancing the Palestinians’ interests. The situation has become absurd, in that our government is working towards the antithesis of what it should be.”

“Recognizing that the Jewish Nation does not have a representative body,” the formative statement begins, “and greatly fearing that the government in Israel is undermining the fundamental interests of Jewish existence (based on its declarations and actions in anticipation of the Annapolis summit), we – many right-wing movements and organizations – have united together to convene a counter-summit. Our goal is to emphasize what we stand ‘for,’ not ‘against.'”

“Our door is open to all those who want to further the interests of the Jewish people,” Dym said.

The founding session of the New Jewish Congress will be held on the 17th day of Kislev, Nov. 27, in Jerusalem – the day on or after the scheduled Annapolis summit. The date for the Annapolis meeting has not yet been finally set.

The idea of the alternative summit, the organizers say, is to “establish the first-stage organizational and conceptual skeleton that will promote a congress to represent the entire nation, including hareidim, during the course of Nissan (April 2008).”

Among the initiating organizations are: Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership), Land of Israel Task Force, Cities of Israel, the Temple Institute, and the Sanhedrin. Also participating are Mateh Tzafon, Task Force to Save the Land of Israel, Women in Green, Nahalal Forum, and Honenu.

Rabbis who have lent their support include Kiryat Arba/Hevron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, Sanhedrin President Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe of Chabad, Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel and more.

Participating public figures include Yoram Ettinger, Prof. Paul Eidelberg, Dr. Yossi Ben-Aharon, Prof. Gabi Barkai, Prof. Hillel Weiss, Atty. Aviad Visuly, Prof. Aryeh Zaritsky, Architect Gideon Charlop, Nadia Matar, Shmuel Medad, Dr. Uri Milstein, Aryeh Stav, Moshe Feiglin, Ronen Tzafrir, and many more.

For further information, spokesperson Susie Dym can be contacted at <sddym@bezeqint.net>.

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8. Rebbe Nachman’s Grave in Immediate Danger of Takeover

by Hillel Fendel

As of this past Thursday, the most “Jewish” site in eastern Europe – the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov – is in danger of being auctioned off to foreign ownership. This, following the rejection by the Ukrainian Supreme Court of an appeal by a Breslov Hassidic group, and the instatement of a ruling obligating the latter to pay $3 million – or risk losing the holy site.

The story began four years ago, when the Breslov foundation that oversees the holy gravesite in Uman – to which tens of thousands Jews travel each year for special prayers – hired a company to reconstruct and expand the synagogue adjacent to the grave. A dispute broke out between the sides when the contracting company, owned by a Ukrianian Parliament Member, demanded payment, while the Jewish group claimed the services had never been proffered. The Ukrainian court ruled in favor of the contractor/politician; some of its hearings on the matter were held without a Breslov representative on hand.

The original debt, $100,000, has now mushroomed to $3 million, because of a clause in the contract stipulating a fee of 0.9% for each day the payment is delayed, as well as a fine of $2.5 million. The Breslov leaders maintain that the contract was signed in their name by a man who lacked the authority to represent them, and who did not consult with them beforehand.

Steps Have Been Taken
To resolve the crisis, which could lead to the auctioning off of the holy site to the highest bidder any day, the World Breslov Foundation has hired Israeli attorney Gilad Corinaldi. Corinaldi flew to Poland on Wednesday night, and has met with Israel’s Ambassador in Ukraine and Tzfadiah Rachamim of New York, who has invested much of his own money in developing the site. U.S. Congressmen and diplomats have also been asked to become involved, and permission for a final judicial appeal has been filed in Ukraine’s Supreme Court.

Corinaldi said, “Sites that are holy to various religions are not beholden to the regular rules, and are fully protected, according to international law, from business interests and pressures. The threat to appropriate the compound is illegal, a blatant violation of civil and communal rights and of the status quo there.”

Just ten days ago, a Jewish school in Ukraine, Beit Simcha, was burned in an anti-Semitic attack.

Ukrainian President to Visit Israel
Next week, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is set to visit Israel, and the matter is likely to arise in his talks with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Thousands of Breslov Hassidim have already set off for Ukraine and plan to hold a giant rally there against the genuine threat that the site will be sold to interests who will turn it into a commercial enterprise, with entrance fees and the like.

Reburial in Israel?
Many in Israel have raised the option of interring Rebbe Nachman’s remains in Israel. Though he specifically requested to be buried in Uman, amongst the many thousands of Jews who had been martyred there, and wrote that he would intervene in the Heavenly Court for anyone who visits his gravesite, voices continue to be raised in favor of transferring his remains to the holy land.

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9. Israeli Scientist Uses Cinnamon to Save Lives

by Hana Levi Julian

Cinnamon may spice up more than cuisine, perfume, air fresheners and pharmaceutical products, according to a study by Tel Aviv University Professor Michael Ovadia.

The Israeli scientist began his research into the medicinal properties of cinnamon after pondering the weekly Torah reading he heard at synagogue seven years ago.

“There is a passage that explains how the High Priests, the [Kohanim] would prepare a holy oil used on their bodies before they made a ritual animal sacrifice,” recalled Ovadia in an interview published by Israel21c. “I had a hunch that this oil, which was prepared with cinnamon and other spices, played a role in preventing the spread of infectious agents to people.”

Research by the university’s Department of Zoology found the fragrant spice, used in everything from cooking to aromatherapy and perfume, could neutralize viruses and immunize against certain infections.

Avian Flu H9, Sendai virus, HIV and Herpes Simplex 1, and Newcastle disease virus were all found to respond in Ovadia’s experiments. It is important to note, however, that the cinnamon extract used in the studies was from a particular variety of cinnamon: coumarin and cinnamon aldehyde, which are byproducts of the actual spice.

Most important: be aware that these substances can also be highly toxic and damage the liver if ingested in large quantities. “You cannot take high doses from the natural form of cinnamon,” warns Ovadia. “If you used it several times a day to protect you from the flu, it would be toxic.”

The essential oil produced from cinnamon bark has long been used by aromatherapists in a variety of ways, including as a stimulant and antiseptic.

In one of the best known books in the field of aromatherapy, famed French aroma therapist Jean Valnet, MD lists cinnamon as an effective element in remedies to combat the flu, as well as intestinal parasites, problems in the digestive system and other physical issues. Valnet’s mentor, Robert Tisserand, warns that cinnamon oil is so powerful that it should not be used on the skin at all.

But it is not surprising that a Jewish scientist in the Land of Israel would be the one, however, to discover a way to fight life-threatening disease with cinnamon, given its history as one of the most powerful spices used in the most ancient Jewish rituals.

This month a patent-pending research and license deal on the extract was signed between Tel Aviv University’s technology transfer company, Ramot, and Frutarom, an Israeli-based multi-national “nutraceutical” company. Frutarom expects to use the cinnamon extract in myriad applications, including an air spray to prevent the spread of Avian flu in airports and a daily supplement to be marketed as an anti-flu preparation.

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