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March 16, 2012  

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Five possible scenarios of the meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu last week. 
  • Gary Trudeau takes on mandatory ultrasounds this week in his Doonesbury comic strip.    
  • The First Amendment protects religious freedom, but it also protects freedom from religion.
  • The State of Texas has filed a complaint stating the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.
  • Meet the new Jewish community in Cameroon.    



Remember to check out our blog to keep up with current issues and opinion and to sort fact from fiction on the Internet.  Be sure to read Presidential Ponderings, thoughts and observations from JACPAC President Gail Yamner. 

Israel & The Middle East
Analysis: Hamas no longer the major player in Gaza
Hamas will have to live with the fact that PRC, Islamic Jihad pose a challenge to its control over Gaza.

Letters of complaint to UN - Rocket fire from Gaza
It is time for the Security Council to speak with one voice against the terrorism that continues to flow from Gaza.
Jews must fight evil
Op-ed: Targeted killings of terror leaders are moral acts in line with Jewish value of self-defense.

In Iran Standoff, Netanyahu Could Be Bluffing: Jeffrey Goldberg

Whenever I'm in the Middle East, I find myself, sometimes within hours of arrival, more susceptible to the appeal of elaborate conspiracy theories.

No Nuclear Compromise
A specter is haunting the Middle East: The specter of the nuclear bomb. Iran's potential nuclear capability worries Middle Eastern countries -- including its immediate neighbors.

obamabibiWhat really went down in Washington last week
Consider the following five possible scenarios for the summary exchange between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama at their meeting in Washington last week:
Reproductive Rights
A Legislative Showdown Over Abortion in Kansas May Cost KU Med School Its Accreditation, and More

The most sweeping anti-choice bill in the nation, a 68-page monstrosity currently being considered by the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee, is in the midst of a showdown.

doonesbury"You're a Good Friend to the Ladies, Dad"
Garry Trudeau has famously kicked up a fuss this week by using his Doonesbury strip to tackle the ultrasound mandates that states like Virginia and Texas have passed for women seeking abortions.

Arizona Birth Control Bill Penalizes Women For Using Contraception For Non-Medical Reasons
Arizona legislators have advanced an unprecedented bill that would require women who wish to have their contraception covered by their health insurance plans to prove to their employers that they are taking it to treat medical conditions.

freedomThe first Amendment protects religious freedom, but also freedom from religion 

In arguing the First Amendment right of employers to choose what coverage they should be exempt from providing based on conscience, the Republicans who supported the Blunt amendment (and the three Democrats who sided with them) are guilty of short-sightedness and an absence of humility.

Catholic bishops pressured Komen over Planned Parenthood
When he visited the United States four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a box of silver ribbon-shaped pins for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure and sent them to its founder, Nancy Brinker.

Texas filed an amended complaint this week in its action to overcome the US Department of Justice's objection to its voter identification law. The complaint now says that the Voting Rights Act section 5, as amended in 2006, "exceeds the enumerated powers of Congress and conflicts with Article IV of the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment."

Women in the World: Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep & More Best Moments from the Summit
Watch the best moments from our third annual Women in the World Summit, from Hillary Clinton and Meryl Streep on stage together to Leymah Gbowee telling women to get mad to Amy Chua's guide to life.

Shalom, Beijing     

Israel and China just celebrated 20 years of friendship. But will this new special relationship come to the breaking point over Tehran?    


cameroonThe New Jews of Cameroon  

Serge Etele is a 31-year-old cocoa farmer and native African who lives in Sa'a, a small rural village in Cameroon, on the west coast of Africa. He and his family, as well as a thousand others in his village, were members of a Pentecostal Christian congregation. Today, though, Serge considers himself a Jew. He is the spiritual leader of the Beth Yeshourun Jewish Community of Cameroon.

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

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