Also from Wired:
Israel is reportedly developing a biological weapon that would harm Arabs while leaving Jews unaffected, according to a report in London's Sunday Times.This is so very bad that it is impossible for me to believe that the Bush Administration and Pentagon weren't the ones truly behind it. "Monstrous" does not begin to describe what this is, nor can I help but wonder what the reaction would be if Arabs had developed such a weapon targeted only at Jews. The outrage would be deafening yet this story, from mid-November, has gotten almost no attention whatsoever.
The report, citing Israeli military and western intelligence sources, says that scientists are trying to identify distinctive genes carried by Arabs to create a genetically modified bacterium or virus.
The "ethno-bomb" is reportedly Israel's response to the threat that Iraq may be just weeks away from completing its own biological weapons. [Ed. note: Iraq? Iraq? Iraq? They must be Iran, but three-plus weeks after Wired posted it, there is no correction.]
The "ethno-bomb" program is based at Israel's Nes Tziyona research facility. Scientists are trying to use viruses and bacteria to alter DNA inside living cells and attack only those cells bearing Arabic genes.
The task is very complex because both Arabs and Jews are Semitic peoples. But according to the report, the Israelis have succeeded in isolating particular characteristics of certain Arabs, "particularly the Iraqi people."
Dedi Zucker, a member of the Israeli parliament, denounced the research in the Sunday Times.
"Morally, based on our history, and our tradition and our experience, such a weapon is monstrous and should be denied."
Last month, Foreign Report claimed that Israel was following in the ignominious footsteps of apartheid-era research, in their supposed efforts to develop an "ethnic bullet."