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February 25, 2011 


This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:

Remember to check out our blog to keep up with current events, op-eds, reproductive rights information, sort fact from fiction in your inbox about Israel, and Presidential Ponderings - Gail's thoughts and observations.


'Israel has shown genuine desire to renew negotiations'
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman went on the offensive at the annual EUIsrael Association Council meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, presenting the EU foreign ministers with a document contrasting Israel's confidence- building measures toward the Palestinians with the PA's "confrontational conduct," and urging the EU not to encourage Palestinian provocations.


boycottPalestinians to 'boycott US' over Security Council veto
The Palestinians on Wednesday stepped up their protest against Washington following last Friday's veto against an anti-settlement resolution at the UN Security Council, calling for a boycott of the US.

Obama Was Right to Veto The Security Council Resolution
The Obama Administration was right to cast its vote against the Security Council Resolution condemning the continuation of "all" settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "illegal" and a "major obstacle" to "peace on the basis of the two-state solution."

PA prime minister offers unity deal to Hamas
The Palestinian prime minister on Sunday angrily denounced the US veto of a United Nations resolution condemning Israel's West Bank settlements and offered to form a unity government with the rival Hamas terror group. More...

Palestinians divided over Arab unrest's impact on peace
The Palestinian Authority believes that regime change in the Arab world will strengthen regional support for the Palestinian cause, PA negotiator Nabil Shaath said on Tuesday.

Will Arab revolt spread to Palestinian territories?
"There's a problem of legitimacy within the Palestinian leadership," proclaims Ghassan Khatib, peering over his spectacles, in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
MNrightsDems answer GOP's four anti-abortion bills with Reproductive Privacy Act
Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have offered four identical bills so far this session to ban state funds from going to abortion services. The DFL answered back with a bill of its own on Monday. The Reproductive Privacy Act would ensure that rights to birth control, legal abortion and the choice of carrying a pregnancy to term are protected.



What Happens to Washington State Women if Title X Falls?
You'd think Rep. Mike Pence's (R-IN) bill to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization which provides preventive health care to millions of Americans around the country, would be enough of a blow.

South Dakota Lawmakers Still Hard At Work Restricting Reproductive Rights
Now that their controversial "First thing we'll do is kill all the abortion providers" bill has been shelved indefinitely, South Dakota lawmakers are back doing what they do best: making it just as hard as possible for women to exercise, or even have, reproductive rights, because, in the eyes of said lawmakers, women are chattel.

Anti-Abortion Georgia Lawmaker Proposes Law That Would Criminalize Miscarriages
Are lawmakers from the "women are chattel" set having some sort of nation-wide competition to see who can get the most sick-minded anti-abortion law enacted? Sure seems that way!
voucherSenate Should Reject Calls to Revive Failed D.C. School Voucher Program
The U.S. Senate should reject a push to revive a controversial school voucher scheme in the District of Columbia, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


kochKoch Brothers' Money Fuels Wisconsin Fight
Among the thousands of demonstrators who jammed the Wisconsin State Capitol grounds this weekend was a well-financed advocate from Washington who was there to voice praise for cutting state spending by slashing union benefits and bargaining rights.



Supreme Court hears soap opera story of interest to the tea party
The cataclysmic events that led Carol Anne Bond to prison and now to the Supreme Court began with thrilling news: Her best friend was pregnant.



My Israel
"Discrimination is built into Israel." Zionism "has at its core the replacement of one people with another." 
These were two claims I heard at a law school panel discussion on "boycotting the Israeli occupation" which was coincidentally held on a Friday evening, when many Jews would be observing the Sabbath through prayer and a family-style meal.

oscarTel Aviv School No 'Stranger' to the Oscars
The crowded hallways of the Bialik-Rogozin school in gritty South Tel Aviv are about as far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as one can imagine. But on the evening of the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27, the school's principal, Keren Tal, will make the transition from those hallways to the red carpet, as she walks alongside filmmakers Kirk Simon and Karen Goodman.


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Gail Yamner, President
Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Executive Research Director 
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