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June 28, 2012  

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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 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
Calm Prevails as Israel Evicts Settlers
Government movers loaded furniture onto trucks while residents stood passively by as Israel started evacuating buildings built on Palestinian land in this settlement near Ramallah on Tuesday, the first such eviction carried out by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Is the Palestinian Authority Losing Control in the West Bank?
The security crackdown in the West Bank has nothing to do with combating terrorism. The arrests and confiscations of weapons are part of an effort by the Palestinian Authority to fight crime and dissension within its own ranks.

Israel's Freedom Riders
On some Israeli buses, only men sit in the front. With the law on their side, some women are fighting back.

German FM calls for minute of silence for Israeli athletes killed on his territory

The massacre happened on his home turf, and now the German Foreign Minister has added his name to a growing list of leading politicians demanding a minute of silence during the upcoming Olympics in London to remember the Israelis killed during the 1972 Games.

morsiWho is Mohammed Morsi?
Egypt's new leader, a 60-year-old university professor, was never the ideas man in the Muslim Brotherhood

No more illusions about Egypt after Mubarak
The electoral victory of Egypt's radical Muslim Brotherhood, as former dictator Hosni Mubarak lies on his deathbed, marks the end of one era of Western wishful thinking about the Middle East while bringing a new era of self-delusion in its place. 

The Voice Of Iran
Why is it significant that the vice president of Iran has used a United Nations forum to deliver an appalling anti-Semitic speech? 


Putin's Visit and Israeli-Russian Relations
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Israel on June 25 for his first state visit since retaking the presidency.

Reproductive Rights

Rand Paul Fetal Personhood Amendment Stalls Flood Insurance Bill
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) moved this week to hold a noncontroversial flood insurance bill hostage until the Senate agrees that life begins at fertilization.

personhoodBehind 'Personhood' Leader Keith Mason's Anti-Abortion Crusade
Keith Mason and his wife are leading a growing national campaign to legally define human embryos as people, which would outlaw abortion-and possibly some forms of birth control, opponents say.

Mississippi May Be First U.S. State With No Abortion Clinic

Abortion will still be legal in Mississippi next month. It's just that women who live there probably won't be able to get one.
Separation of Religion and State
lochnessLoch Ness Monster real in biology textbook
A biology textbook used by a Christian school in Louisiana that will be accepting students with publicly funded vouchers in the fall says that the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland is real. And it isn't just any monster but a dinosaur - an effort to debunk evolution and bolster creationist theory.
Supreme Court Watch

Supreme Court Upholds President Obama's Health Care Reform
Today, the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses. The Court has issued a clear and final ruling on this law.

ACAObama's Affordable Care Act: What Does It Mean for Women?
Have we got some good news for your ladyparts! As the Voice's inimitable Steven Thrasher reported this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, claiming that the ACA is constitutionally kosher as a tax.

Mitt Romney: I'll repeal ACA no matter what
Mitt Romney pledged Tuesday that no matter what the Supreme Court does about President Barack Obama's health care law, he'll still push for a repeal of the whole thing.
Political Bytes

titletenOp-ed by President Obama: President Obama Reflects on the Impact of Title IX
Coaching my daughter Sasha's basketball team is one of those times when I just get to be "Dad." I snag rebounds, run drills, and have a little fun. More importantly, I get to watch Sasha and her teammates improve together, start thinking like a team, and develop self-confidence.

Future of an Aging Court Raises Stakes of Presidential Vote
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not known for delivering laugh lines. But she drew chuckles from a group of liberal lawyers not long ago while recalling how Justice Elena Kagan, 52, had suggested during an oral argument before the Supreme Court that people born before 1948 were old.

Always a Jew, always an Olivia

While growing up with what she considers a Jewish soul, African-American writer Carolivia Herron discovered after she'd converted to Judaism that her ancestors were kidnapped conversos. The makings of a great story for any children's book author.


shanghaiJewish Life in Shanghai's Ghetto
While much of the city's Jewish Quarter has disappeared in the years since the end of World War II, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue is a constant reminder of how this Chinese city saved tens of thousands of Jews fleeing the Holocaust.

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

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