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Here is more information on the Sunday Times article
Clive

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>From:           beb@igc.apc.org (Beth Burrows)
>Subject:        ALERT! GENETIC WARFARE NEARING REALITY
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>                from The Edmonds Institute
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>     ALERT!  GENETIC WARFARE NEARING REALITY
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>This copy of an article that appeared in last Sunday's London Times arrived
>at the Edmonds Institute just as I was writing an essay on biosafety.
>Needless to say, in the face of this kind of research and the kind of
>waffling apparent at the much commercialized protocol negotiations of the
>Convention on Biological Diversity, the notion of biosafety seems almost
>silly. We "can't get no" biosafety. There are apparently too many trade and
>political barriers to allow it.
>
>Research into "ethnic bombs" is the creation of biohazard at the highest
>level. It amounts to the fulfillment of every worst fear that ever was
>raised by the research related to the Human Genome Diversity Project.
>
>In case you are tempted to blame just the Israelis, please note the last
>paragraph of the article:
>
>   Porton Down, Britain's biological defence establishment, said last
>   week that such weapons were theoretically possible. "We have reached a
>   point now where there is an obvious need for an international
>   convention to control biological weapons," said a spokesman.
>
>If Israel were the only country doing "it", the speaker would have called
>for a ban on biological weapons, not simply a convention to control them.
>
>With great sadness, I forward the below article and, on behalf of the
>Edmonds Institute, call for utter condemnation of, and a complete ban on,
>such research.  The people at GAIA Foundation in London have confirmed that
>indeed this article appeared in the Sunday London Times.
>
>--Beth Burrows
>The Edmonds Institute
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>Israel planning 'ethnic' bomb as Saddam caves in
>
>   by Uzi Mahnaimi
>           and Marie Colvin
>
>   ISRAEL is working on a biological weapon that would harm Arabs but not
>   Jews, according to Israeli military and western intelligence sources.
>   The weapon, targeting victims by ethnic origin, is seen as Israel's
>   response to Iraq's threat of chemical and biological attacks.
>
>   Yesterday Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi leader, backed away from the brink
>   of war and agreed to resume co-operation with the inspection teams
>   seeking his suspected chemical and biological weapons plants.
>
>   Kofi Annan, the United Nation secretary-general, said he believed Iraq
>   had met UN requirements. As Britain and America stood by to bomb
>   Saddam, however, Tony Blair's office said compliance must be
>   unconditional.
>
>   The White House, which is threatening Iraq with the biggest onslaught
>   since the Gulf war, said President Bill Clinton's advisers were
>   assessing whether Iraq's offer was adequate. The Pentagon is ready to
>   bomb within days.
>
>   Last week Downing Street warned Labour MPs that Saddam could be only
>   weeks away from completing the construction of offensive biological
>   weapons mounted on Scud missiles. Israel was hit by Scuds during the
>   Gulf war and fears it would be the prime target.
>
>   In developing their "ethno-bomb", Israeli scientists are trying to
>   exploit medical advances by identifying distinctive genes carried by
>   some Arabs, then create a genetically modified bacterium or virus.
>
>   The intention is to use the ability of viruses and certain bacteria to
>   alter the DNA inside their host's living cells. The scientists are
>   trying to engineer deadly micro-organisms that attack only those
>   bearing the distinctive genes.
>
>   The programme is based at the biological institute in Nes Tziyona, the
>   main research facility for Israel's clandestine arsenal of chemical
>   and biological weapons.
>
>   A scientist there said the task was hugely complicated because both
>   Arabs and Jews are of semitic origin. But he added: "They have,
>   however, succeeded in pinpointing a particular characteristic in the
>   genetic profile of certain Arab communities, particularly the Iraqi
>   people." The disease could be spread by spraying the organisms into
>   the air or putting them in water supplies.
>
>   The research mirrors biological studies conducted by South African
>   scientists during the apartheid era and revealed in testimony before
>   the truth and reconciliation commission.
>
>   The idea of a Jewish state conducting such research has already
>   provoked outrage in some quarters because of parallels with the
>   genetic experiments of Dr Josef Mengele, the Nazi scientist at
>   Auschwitz.
>
>   Dedi Zucker, a member of knesset, the Israeli parliament, denounced
>   the research yesterday. "Morally, based on our history, and our
>   tradition and our experience, such a weapon is monstrous and should be
>   denied," he said.
>
>   Some experts said that although the concept of an ethnically targeted
>   weapon was feasible, the practical aspects of creating one were
>   enormous.
>
>   Dr Daan Goosen, head of a South African chemical and biological
>   warfare plant, said his team was ordered in the 1980s to develop a
>   "pigmentation weapon" to target only black people. He said the team
>   discussed spreading a disease in beer, maize or even vaccinations but
>   never managed to develop one.
>
>   However, a confidential Pentagon report warned last year that
>   biological agents could be genetically engineered to produce new
>   lethal weapons. William Cohen, the American defence secretary,
>   revealed that he had received reports of countries working to create
>   "certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic-specific". A senior
>   western intelligence source confirmed last week that Israel was one of
>   the countries Cohen had in mind.
>
>   The "ethno-bomb" claims have been given further credence in Foreign
>   Report, a Jane's publication that closely monitors security and
>   defence matters. It reports unnamed South African sources as saying
>   Israeli scientists have used some of the South African research in
>   trying to develop an "ethnic bullet" against Arabs.
>
>   It also says Israelis discovered aspects of the Arab genetic make-up
>   by researching on "Jews of Arab origin, especially Iraqis".
>
>   The British Medical Association has become so concerned about the
>   lethal potential of genetically based biological weapons that it has
>   opened an investigation, which is due to report in January.
>
>   Dr Vivienne Nathanson, who organised the research, said: "With an
>   ethnically targeted weapon, you could even hit groups within a
>   population. The history of warfare, in which many conflicts have an
>   ethnic factor, shows us how dangerous this could be."
>
>   Porton Down, Britain's biological defence establishment, said last
>   week that such weapons were theoretically possible. "We have reached a
>   point now where there is an obvious need for an international
>   convention to control biological weapons," said a spokesman.
>
>   Additional reporting: Matthew Campbell in Washington, Hugh McManners
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