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November 4, 2011 

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Despite Monday's vote, the Palestinian Authority does not meet the guidelines for UNESCO membership.   
  • Meet the small group of men behind the recent attacks on reproductive rights.
  • An North Carolina county has asked the Supreme Court to let it pray in Jesus' name. 
  • Voters seem to be evenly split between support for President Obama and the House GOP.
  • Keeping the lessons of the Holocaust preserved for the ages is Ted Phillips' job.



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.


unescoNGO: PA doesn't meet UNESCO statehood guidelines
The Palestinian Authority does not meet the UNESCO recommendations for becoming a full member in the international organization, according to a study published on Monday by IMPACT-SE - the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education.



Poll Shows 40 Percent of Jerusalem Arabs Prefer Israel to a Palestinian State
The nearly 300,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, regardless of diplomatic rhetoric, are almost evenly divided in choosing between Israeli and Palestinian citizenship.  



Analysis: What may be involved in an Israeli strike on Iran
Israel is believed to have a fully prepared plan to launch a strike, which would likely involve at least several hundred aircraft. 



A Call for Civility, Not Censorship
In a laudable effort to tone down the rancorous political rhetoric that has made Israel a wedge issue between Republicans and Democrats, and to rally bipartisan support for Israel, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League announced a "National Unity Pledge for Israel" last week. 



What does 'Death to Israel' mean to you?  

My daughter went to school this morning worried about her civics exam.
She came home worried about explosive warheads.

As of this week, she's in range.

Reproductive Rights

abortionThe Men Behind the War on Women  

A group of men with no real background in law or medicine, but blessed with a strong personal interest in women's bodies, have quietly influenced all of the major anti-abortion legislation over the past several years.


Mississippi, personhood and the future of the anti-abortion movement

Earlier this week, Salon's Irin Carmon generated a lot of conversation with her piece on the "personhood movement": a burgeoning effort among anti-abortion advocates to amend state constitutions to define life as beginning at conception.


The Birth Control Solution, by Nicholas Kristoff 

What if there were a solution to many of the global problems that confront us, from climate change to poverty to civil wars? There is, but it is starved of resources. It's called family planning, and it has been a victim of America's religious wars.

prayerN.C. County Asks Court to Allow Prayer in Jesus' Name 

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to trump a ruling that forbids its members from mentioning Jesus in prayers that precede their meetings.

'Voucher' a red-flag word for school choice advocates
For both supporters and opponents of school vouchers, the very mention of the term stirs emotions and generates heated debate in the public education arena.

Political Bytes

votersVoters Evenly Split on GOP House, Obama   

American voters may be in a firing mood.


Census: The new U.S. neighborhood defined by diversity as all-white enclaves vanish

All-white enclaves are quickly vanishing.  Today, more people in the D.C. area and across the country live in communities defined by their diversity, not their lack of it.

holocaustPutting Holocaust history on display
The Holocaust occurred more than a half century ago and on another continent, but in downtown Washington, D.C., Edward "Ted" Phillips makes sure that the important history of Nazi Germany is told for the ages and that visitors understand what led to those World War II atrocities.

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

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