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Berkeley activist arrested again in Israel

jerusalem | Berkeley activist Kate Bender-Raphael was arrested Dec. 14 while filming a clash between Israeli soldiers and activists protesting the building of the separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

Bender-Raphael, 45, a longtime Jewish lesbian activist, is a member of Women in Black and QUIT: Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism. She has been in the West Bank under the auspices of International Women's Peace Service. She remains in Israeli custody and has requested a hearing, said fellow QUIT member Lisa Belenky.

Bender-Raphael was arrested in Israel a year ago, also for filming the Israel Defense Forces' reaction to a demonstration against the barrier. She was eventually deported.

Israelis accept Nobels

jerusalem (jta) | Two Israelis accepted their Nobel prizes for chemistry and lamented the state of education.

Professors Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover — the first Israelis to win chemistry Nobels — launched "Nobel week" in Stockholm by accepting their prize last week together with U.S. scientist Irwin Rose.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored the scientists for their 1980s research into regulated protein degradation, which expanded the understanding of cancer. Hershko and Ciechanover teach at the Technion in Haifa, and Rose is at the U.C. Irvine.


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