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JACPAC's News & Opinion Digest

December 16, 2011 

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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.

dershowitzIsrael is a vibrant democracy
A visit to Israel is always an experience in cognitive dissonance. The Israel you personally see and hear is so completely different from the Israel you read and hear about in the media.

When it comes to Israel, why is the world silent?
Silence. Just silence from the U.N. Silence from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. And silence from major media outlets throughout the world.  



Israel Leader Sets Curbs on Settlers for Violence
After two days of settler violence that shocked much of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that some radical Israelis would be treated the same way as suspected Palestinian militants - detained for long periods without charge and tried in military courts.



Hamas leader: We'll lead intifada after intifada
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday called for the formation of an Arab army "to liberate Jerusalem and the Aksa Mosque very soon."  



DE BORCHGRAVE: Beware Arab Spring
Long-time Israeli diplomat warns democracy will morph into Islamism 



US fears Iran on verge of 20% enriched uranium  

Islamic Republic's production of material that can be used to make nuclear weapons at underground facility may bolster calls for military or covert action, Obama administration officials say.
Reproductive Rights

'Obamacare' to the rescue

I want to apologize to President Obama. But first, some background.


Denying OTC Access to Plan B Disproportionately Affects Latina Teens

Last month a ten-year-old girl in Puebla, Mexico gave birth, via c-section, to a premature infant. The girl says her stepfather raped her repeatedly. She only spoke out about the abuse after she gave birth when the glare of public attention gave her some measure of safety.


abortionThe Next Roe v. Wade?:Jennie McCormack's Abortion Battle

Jennie McCormack was arrested for terminating her pregnancy with an abortion pill. The case that could transform the reproduction wars.

Doctor to Ohio Senate: I Do Not Want To Tell My Patients I Cannot Help Them

Lisa Perriera, MD, MPH, gave this testimony live before an Ohio Senate committee yesterday afternoon at a hearing of the so-called "heartbeat" bill, H.B. 125.   

separationRights groups oppose hospital merger plan 

Foes of the proposed merger of University Hospital with two other companies urged Gov. Steve Beshear not to approve the deal at a press conference Monday.

Political Bytes

gopGOP candidates look to woo Jewish vote     

Amid growing signs that the Jewish vote will be up for grabs next year, all the major Republican presidential candidates - save for Texas Rep. Ron Paul - will be in Washington on Wednesday to address the Republican Jewish Coalition.


hanukkahObama's White House Hanukkah. Smoked salmon and sushi on the menu

President Obama welcomed Hanukkah to the White House early on Thursday hosting a holiday reception for some 550 mostly Jewish-Americans. Obama introduced his new Director of Jewish Outreach, Jarrod Bernstein--who replaced Susan Sher after she returned to Chicago.

A year of healing after the great Carmel fire

Winter flowers are blooming in the Carmel Forest.

This colorful sight is a welcome sign of regeneration in the vast woods of northern Israel, which in early December last year suffered a devastating forest fire.


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

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