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July 13, 2012  

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:


The Guttmacher Institute has released its mid-year analysis of state abortion laws and policies for 2012.   

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Israel & The Middle East
PM, Mofaz meet in last ditch-effort to save gov't
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz met late Thursday night in a last ditch effort to reach an agreement on equalizing the burden of IDF service and save the national-unity coalition.

Yes, there is no occupation - legally not practically
With the mind-numbing predictability of ants entranced by food, Israeli leftists and rightists are instinctively condemning or praising the former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy's Committee for declaring that "Israelis have the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria."

Pro-Palestinian Ad in New York Make a Splash
And while it may not be anti-Semitic, it's pretty dishonest.

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Tankers to Tighten Oil Noose

The Obama administration sanctioned the National Iranian Tanker Co. and four alleged front companies for Iran's oil trade, the latest salvo in a U.S.-led campaign to curtail Iran's petroleum sales until it abandons illicit aspects of its disputed nuclear program.

unThe Middle East's Greatest Untold Story
by Amb. Ron Prossor

This month the United Nations marks World Refugee Day, a star-studded, multimedia campaign to raise awareness about the plight of refugees. Yet mention of one group of refugees will be noticeably absent from any of these activities: the 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries during the past six decades.


Reproductive Rights

Federal hearing officer rules against Indiana abortion law
Indiana's decision to deny Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds because it performs abortions denies women the freedom to choose their health care providers, a federal hearing officer said.

mississippiMeet the Woman in Charge of the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi
She's faced bombings, protests, and legal attacks. Now, as a judge decides the fate of her abortion clinic-the last one in Mississippi-Diane Derzis reflects on her decades of work.

Judge Maintains Injunction Against Mississippi Law on Abortion Clinics

Lawyers debated before a federal judge on Wednesday whether a new law governing abortion clinics in Mississippi should remain blocked or go into effect and thus set in motion a process that could lead to the closing of the state's lone abortion clinic.

Texas Seeks To Stop Doctors From Talking About Abortion
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) effectively defunded his state's Planned Parenthood earlier this year by barring it and any other "abortion affiliates" from receiving funds under the Texas Women's Health Program (TWHP).
Separation of Religion and State
schoolMissouri leaders want to bring religion back to schools
In an effort to move the state backwards 200 years, the Missouri Legislature has proposed an amendment to the Missouri Constitution to bring religion back to the schools.
Political Bytes

Is the Jewish vote really up for grabs?
Do Republicans really have a shot at winning a sizable share of the Jewish vote in November?

Love Among the Spuds
Tammy Baldwin, who has a very real chance of becoming the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to the United States Senate, stood with a 73-year-old potato farmer in his fields here the other day and asked him: "How hot am I?"

courtClint Bolick: The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012
The replacement of a single conservative justice by President Obama in a second term would turn the court sharply to the left.

Jews Denounce Ruling, Seek Ways to Proceed

Israeli politicians and European Jewish leaders on Monday condemned a recent German court decision equating circumcision with causing bodily harm.


Crossing Religious Lines in an Israeli Hospital
There are no empty beds this day in the recovery room at the Hadassah-Ein Kerem hospital. Doctors and nurses hover over patients. Manar Igbarya, 25, is giving a woman an injection and inspecting a bandage on her right leg. The Orthodox patient is absorbed in talking to her visiting husband. Everyone is chatting in Hebrew; nothing in this scene seems unusual, except that Ms. Igbarya is a Palestinian Muslim.

Now playing at a museum mah jongg table: Jewish pop culture
With a Chinese "bam" and "crak," and a Jewish "pop," the real action is happening outside the galleries of the Skirball Cultural Center here. That was by design.

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

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