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March 30, 2012  

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Friday marks Land Day in Israel, an annual protest by Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. 
  • The House passed CIANA, which would make it illegal for anyone other than a parent to take a minor across state lines for an abortion.  There were no exemptions for rape or incest.    
  • What is the meaning of religious freedom and the purpose of the "Establishment Clause?"
  • Rabbi David Saperstein wants answers from Rick Santorum. 
  • A look at a disturbing new form of international anti-semitism.
  • Israeli ingenuity and advances are on display at NanoIsrael 2012.    



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
Washington and Jerusalem differ on Iran
A week ago, a senior Israeli official had an American guest over for a late-night chat. Because the guest is intelligent and influential, the official, after offering whiskey and serving coffee, cut straight to the chase.
Iran: The leading state sponsor of int'l terrorism
There is increasing - and compelling - evidence of Iranian footprints in a series of recent aborted terrorist attacks in India, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Thailand.

landIsraeli forces step up preparations ahead of Arab 'Land Day' protests

On Friday, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are marking Land Day, an annual protest against what they say are discriminatory Israeli land policies.

Justices: Courts should decide whether Jerusalem-born Americans can list Israel as birthplace
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal courts should decide whether a law that would allow Jerusalem-born Americans to list Israel as their birthplace on their U.S. passport passes constitutional muster.
Reproductive Rights
Health law a leap forward for women's health care

The Supreme Court is again at the center of a highly controversial policy debate as it hears arguments for the Affordable Care Act.



cianaHouse Advances CIANA, Anti-Abortion Bill, Without Rape Or Incest Exceptions
The House Judiciary Committee voted 20-13 on Tuesday to advance a bill that would make it a crime for anyone but a parent to accompany a young woman outside of her home state to have an abortion.

District Court Permanently Blocks Oklahoma Ultrasound Law, Expect A Supreme Court Battle
The 10th Circuit Federal Court has just issued a permanent injunction on a 2010 Oklahoma law that would require all women terminating their pregnancies to first undergo a mandatory ultrasound.

Kansas Abortion Bill To Ban Procedure By State Workers Passes House
The day after a Kansas legislative committee adopted an amendment to protect accreditation of the OBGYN residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the full state House adopted an amendment which could put the program back in jeopardy.

Gov. Tom Corbett on pre-abortion ultrasounds: 'Close your eyes'
Just when you thought the national abortion debate over fetal ultrasounds couldn't get more heated -- what with furious political sniping and a controversial series of "Doonesbury" cartoons -- here comes Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

religiousfreedomThe Meaning of Religious Freedom

During the recent debate over birth control insurance coverage, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops defined religious freedom as their freedom from government.

New Ken Ten Commandments monument staying up -- for now
While separation of church and state proponents decry the existence of a Ten Commandments monument outside Valley High School, district officials are saying they won't kowtow to demands that it be removed.

Political Bytes

House Republicans Continue to Silence Women: Female Reps Prevented from Offering Amendment to Medical Malpractice Bill   

The House of Representatives is currently considering a bill, H.R. 5, which would reform medical malpractice laws. Several Congresswomen drafted an amendment to this bill which would have limited the bill's malpractice protections if the malpractice claim is based on a violation of the health care reform law related to the women's preventive health services.

sapersteinRabbi David Saperstein wants answers from Santorum on pastor's speech
Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, wants some answers from Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

When will children stop being killed for their religion?       

My Holocaust-survivor mother, who as a young girl spent the war years running and hiding in Belgium and France, was shaken by the news of the recent terrorist attack in Toulouse.  "They are killing Jewish children in Europe again," she lamented. And I, her daughter, now living in Jerusalem, could only empathize with her pain.    


antisemitismThe New Anti-Semitism  

Why does the international community hate Israel so much?

nanotechIsrael's nanotechnology future on display at NanoIsrael 2012      

Over the past several years, Israel has emerged as a world center of nanotechnology research, a scientific discipline that is becoming more important by the day in manufacturing, medicine, security, food production, and many other areas. Next week, the best of the world of nanotech will be on display at NanoIsrael 2012, the third international conference on all things nano being held in Israel.  


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

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