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Palestinian police confront human skulls used in drug trade

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La Policía palestina capturó a una banda que usaba cráneos humanos en el tráfico de drogas

Skull smuggling drug dealers arrested in West Bank in what officials are calling a criminal ring.

Four members of West Bank criminal gang have been arrested and charged with digging up bodies and selling the skulls for use in manufacturing drugs like heroin and cocaine. Capt. “M”, a Palestinian police officer speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the case, explained to The Media Line that the body parts, which can bring as much as $4,000 each, are often ground up and used to add to the weight of drugs sold on the street or according to some, can be snorted on their own.

“They take the human skulls and they crush it to make a powder, then mix it with heroin or cocaine to make the amount bigger to charge more money.” The practice is rife in Latin America.

If the skull powder is white, the dealers will add the powder to cocaine and if the skull powder is darker, it is added to heroin, the officer said.

“[Drug dealers] want to dilute the drug,” Professor Francesca Levi-Schaffer of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, told The Media Line. “Sometimes they use substances that can cause damage. If you inject talc – a toxic mineral — for example, one can die immediately. Human bones and skull are absolutely not toxic.”

According to Majed Mohammad Mustafa A’loosh, the director of the Al-Sadiq Al-Taieb Association for the Social Awareness of the Dangerous Outcomes of Drug Abuse and Alcohol Use, based in Ramallah, sniffing a ground up skull can also get a user high.

“It happened before, during the war, when the Iraqi government was bombing Israel and we were all under siege,” A’loosh told The Media Line. “So, those people who wanted heroin dug up the bodies and tried to smash the heads and sniffed them.”

Originally used as a painkiller, heroin, also known as diamorphine, is a highly addictive opiate that users often inject. The drug is made from poppy plants and is mass produced in Afghanistan and is typically transported through Iraq and Pakistan. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), most heroin is seized in the Middle East as well as in South West Asia.

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.

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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.

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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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