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Rep. Ted Deutch
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-19)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) recently appointed  Deutch to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, where he will continue to fight for justice for Holocaust survivors and work to combat anti-semitism.

"I am profoundly honored to be appointed serve on the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum," Deutch said. "I have learned so much by listening to (survivors) stories of courage and perseverance in the face of unimaginable cruelty and hatred. It is a privilege to fight for them in Congress, and I look forward to advancing the U.S. Holocaust Museum's efforts to educate the world about the Holocaust and stand up against all forms of hatred and intolerance."  South Florida is home to one of the largest communities of Holocaust survivors in the country.

Deutch, a Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, was credited with helping to pass the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act (HR 2297).
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Israel & the Middle East
House Approves Sanctions on Hezbollah
In a 425-0 vote, the House approved slapping mandatory sanctions on banks found to be knowingly handling transactions with Hezbollah. The Senate passed a companion bill last month. 
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UN finally recognizes Yom Kippur as official holiday
After more than a year of diplomatic efforts led by the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, the body has recognized Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday. Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called the move "a decisive victory" that "finally provides an official place for the Jewish religion in the world's parliament."  

Swiss Host Secret Talks Between Israel & Turkey 
The prospect of a thaw in Turkish-Israeli relations became likelier after a secret Wednesday meeting in Switzerland between Israeli and Turkish officials.
On the Gaza Border, IDF Is Changing Tack 
The goal is to enable rapid response to potential surprise attacks from Gaza, and preventing Hamas cells from infiltrating Israeli communities.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
U.S. Condemns EU West Bank-Product Labeling Policy
"Bipartisan resolution accuses Europe of encouraging boycott of Israel and setting back prospects of peace.
Poland Veers Sharply Right and Jews are in the Crosshairs
Since winning majority in Parliament, the strongly nationalist Law & Justice Party has pushed Poland into crisis; and Jews have become a focus of ire among the party's defenders.
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Will Syrian Refugees Accept that Germany Supports Israel?
Syrian refugees arriving in Germany are fleeing a country that has been at war with Israel since 1948 and where the government has disseminated anti-Semetic propaganda for decades.
Reproductive Rights
2015 -- When Unthinkable Became the New Normal 
This past year might have been the worst for abortion rights in America since Roe v Wade was decided 42 years ago. But there is still hope. 

OH: Require Burial or Cremation of Miscarried or Aborted Fetuses
Republican lawmakers in Ohio are planning on introducing legislation that would require women who have undergone abortions at clinics or been treated for a miscarriage to sign a form designating burial or cremation of the fetal remains.
SC Bill: What's Good for the Goose...
Under a new bill by South Carolina Rep. Mia McLeod, a man who wants a prescription for Viagra, Cialis or another erectile dysfunction drug would have to get a notarized affidavit from a sexual partner, undergo a cardiac stress test and get sexual counseling, among other measures.
The Return of the Coat Hanger Abortion
A Tennessee woman was arrested last week after a grand jury indicted her on a charge of first-degree attempted murder for a failed coat hanger abortion that took place 24 weeks into her pregnancy.
Separation of Religion & State
Groups concerned about Walgreens' ties to Catholic hospital
Over 19 groups have sent a letter to Walgreen's, questioning if clinics would still offer access to contraception, abortion drugs and prescriptions for terminally ill patients to end their lives, once they partner with a Catholic hospital to run its in-store health clinics in Washington and Oregon
Beyond the Core
Dems introduce bill to ban assault weapons
House Democrats formally renewed their push to renew a 1990s-era assault weapons ban, introducing a bill with 90 Democratic co-sponsors. It has no hope of passing through Congress, given opposition from Republicans.

Terrorists Should Not be Able to Buy Guns

A Reader's Guide to the Paris Climate Agreement
The most important piece of international diplomacy in years, deciphered. Global solidarity gives the Paris agreement its power. 
Political Byte
Not Quite Hitler, More Like Henry Ford 
There is an example of a country a lot like America in 2015 that had a candidate in mind much like Trump-an ultra-rich dilettante who seemed to treat politics like a show and shoot his mouth off without any concern for actually winning, who did indeed "freak out" the chattering classes by skyrocketing in popularity against all common sense. That country is America in 1924, and that would-be candidate was Henry Ford.

Winners and Losers in the Omnibus and Tax Bills
Both Democrats and Republicans won a few and lost a few in the $1.1 trillion spending bill and package of tax extensions that congressional negotiators agreed on late Tuesday. Here is a look at some of the winners and losers in the agreements:
Hollywood Jews open up about surviving Holocaust
The Hollywood Reporter is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with a feature on 11 survivors who went on to careers in American entertainment.
Menorah Lit in Turkey for 1st Time
It may be the only public menorah-lighting ceremony ever held in the Muslim world, and on Sunday night, hundreds of people gathered in Istanbul's waterside Ortakoy neighborhood for an eighth-day-of-Hanukkah celebration.

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Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.