JACPAC News & Opinion Digest

April 5, 2013   

Visit Us Online 
Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter
Button - Red DONATE
Join Our Mailing List

Upcoming JAC Events

Save the Date!
June 6
2013 JAC Power of Women Luncheon

Chicago, IL

Want to host an event in your area?  Contact the JAC office.  

Upcoming Candidate Events

May 3rd
Join us at the JAC table for
Rep. Jan Schakowsky's Ultimate Women's Power Lunch
Chicago, IL
Details & RSVP

Want to host an event in your area?  Contact the JAC office.  

on the following issue:  

Birth Control for Everyone 
Tell President Obama not to let employers dictate who can access birth control.
Sign the Petition

Join FaithsCalling 
Tell Congress it is time for gun safety legislation. 
Learn More 

Your voice DOES make a difference. Call and share today. 
See JAC's Action Alerts here.

This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the Middle East to push for peace talks.   
  • Amid laws and restrictions to ban abortion, a ray of hope shines in Kansas as a new clinic opens.


    North Carolina to declare a state religion?  

  • The Jewish women in the middle of the DOMA case.

  • Want to discuss Jews with Germans? Climb in the box.



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 Janna Berk.


Check out the all-new Open Mic for comments, opinions, essays, and more from JAC members. 

Israel & The Middle East 
kerryKerry returning to Jerusalem and Ramallah to push for renewal of peace talks  
United States Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Israel and the Palestinian territories for the second time in less than two weeks, as part of the Americans' efforts to kick-start the long-stalled peace process.


Abbas 'to suspend unilateral action against Israel' 

President Mahmud Abbas will temporarily refrain from unilateral action against Israel to give US-brokered peace talks a chance to resume, a Palestinian official said on Thursday.

Read Full Article

Obama to Palestinians: Accept the Jewish state
One key shift in U.S. policy was overlooked in the barrage of news about President Obama's eventful 50-hour visit to Israel last week. That would be the demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state, called by Hamas leader Salah Bardawil "the most dangerous statement by an American president regarding the Palestinian issue."
Read Full Article

Bulgaria Bus Attack: Berlin Wants Hezbollah On EU Terrorist Group List

The German Interior and Foreign ministries want Lebanon's Hezbollah movement to be placed on the EU's list of terrorist groups if suspicions are confirmed that the organization was behind the bus bombing in Bulgaria last year in which five Israeli tourists were killed..
Read Full Article
Reproductive Rights
tillerAbortion clinic to open in Wichita, the first in four years

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/04/01/4156563/abortion-clinic-to-open-in-wichita.html#storylink=cpy
The first abortion clinic to operate in Wichita since the 2009 murder of physician George Tiller plans to open its doors this week despite continuing efforts by abortion foes to block it.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/04/01/4156563/abortion-clinic-to-open-in-wichita.html#storylink=cpy   
Read Full Article

Bob McDonnell, Virginia Governor, Introduces Abortion Coverage Ban
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) introduced an amendment to the state's health insurance exchange implementation bill that would prevent insurance plans in the new health exchange from covering abortion.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
Read Full Article

Abortion Laws In Arkansas, North Dakota Set Stage For Legal Battle

Rival legal teams, well-financed and highly motivated, are girding for court battles over the coming months on laws enacted in Arkansas and North Dakota that would impose the nation's toughest bans on abortion.  
Read Full Article

Alabama Legislature passes bill setting stricter standards for abortion clinics  
Alabama lawmakers late Tuesday gave final passage to a measure placing stricter regulations on clinics that provide abortions.  
Read Full Story

Court Orders FDA to Make Emergency Contraception Available Over-the-Counter for All Ages  
In a long-awaited decision released early this morning, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter to women of all ages, marking a major win for public health and women's rights in a year that has seen science otherwise buried under an avalanche of anti-choice politics. 
Read Full Story  
Separation of Religion & State
ncNorth Carolina House Speaker Kills Bill to Create State Religion

The Republican speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives killed legislation on Thursday that aimed to establish an official state religion.   

Political Byte

domaThe Jewish Women in the DOMA Case

It's probably not an accident that the four Justices who were most critical of DOMA are all either women or Jews - and in the case of Ginsburg and her colleague Elena Kagan, both. It is, however, a total coincidence that the plaintiff in the case, Edith Windsor, and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, are also both Jewish women.
Read Full Article

Don't Give Up on Guns, Immigration, or a Debt Deal  
If Franklin Roosevelt were in office today, he'd probably be judged on his first 100 minutes instead of his first 100 days. President Obama still has a month before he reaches that milestone of his second term, but already some pundits are judging him--and Congress--as failures.  
Read Full Article 

Rome's Chief Rabbi In The Spotlight 

Ground zero for Catholic-Jewish relations is Rome, and the man at the center of it all is the city's chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni.
Read Full Article

jewboxBeing the Jew in the Box 
To have conversations with Germans about Jews, I had to become an exhibition at Berlin's Jewish Museum. 
Read Full Article  

Why Keystone Matters, by JAC's Wendy Abrams 

I've had many friends, even like-minded, eco-friendly friends, ask me, "Why is Keystone a big deal? Isn't it just another pipeline?"

Keystone is a big deal, because it is NOT just another pipeline. It is the make-or-break piece of the puzzle for profitably exploiting the tar sands in Canada. Without the Keystone pipeline, tar sands will still be dug up; but with Keystone, the profits soar, making it a much more lucrative deal for the Canadian oil companies; and to maximize their profits, they will dig up as much as possible. And therein lies the problem. The sheer volume of tar sands awaiting exploitation is staggering. When asked about the impact on climate change, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, Dr. James Hansen, explained burning the tar sands would be "game over" for the climate.

Read Full Article 

Our members count on JACPAC to provide information on current events, candidates, and elections.  JACPAC depends on membership support to make this possible.


If you have not renewed your membership, please consider doing so today, to help us pursue a strong US-Israel relationship, reproductive rights, and separation of religion and state.  Together we can make this a better world!



Janna Berk, President
Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Research Director 

Button - Red DONATE
Find Us Online:

Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn  Visit our blog
better jac logo
Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a national network committed to the special relationship between the US and Israel and a social agenda that includes reproductive rights and separation of religion and state.  JACPAC supported US Senate and House candidates who uphold this agenda and maintains ongoing dialogue with those it helps elect.  In addition, JACPAC serves as a political resource for the Jewish community, furnishing information about candidates, elections and issues.