In regional news, the media focus grows on Hezbollah, its patron Iran and their support for Syria’s Assad - and how the alliance is shifting the Mideast balance. Meanwhile, Israel's Air Force chief warns of war with Syria.
In domestic Israeli news, a JPost report looks at the police response to the Beersheva bank attack; a protest of Israel’s finance minister echoes one at the 2010 GA; and the Washington Post takes an in-depth look at Natan Sharansky’s Kotel compromise.
• Ynet News -- Germany backs terror label for Hezbollah
• N.Y. Times (analysis) -- Iran and Hezbollah Support for Syria Complicates Peace-Talk Strategy
• Haaretz -- Report: German intelligence revises estimate, says Assad regime growing stronger
• Tablet (analysis) -- The Mideast Crack-Up
• Jerusalem Post -- IAF Chief: We must be ready for ‘surprise war’ with Syria
Israel Domestic News:
• Jerusalem Post -- ‘Police fired into room where Alon held hostage’
• JTA -- In protest of Bennett, echoes of JVP (mentions GA)
• Washington Post (analysis) -- An audacious plan at the Western Wall
For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page.
For more security news, see JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN) website.
Israel wins kudos for a report on an infamous fatality in Gaza; actress Meg Ryan denies backing BDS; and the Israel Project’s new magazine re-examines a report on bias in Israeli and Palestinian schools.
• Algemeiner -- Activists Praise Israel For Breaking Silence on Al-Dura Hoax
• Algemeiner -- Publicist: ‘Meg Ryan Never Participated in Any Boycott Against Israel’
• The Tower – The Palestinian Textbook Fiasco
For more Israel advocacy news, see the Israel Action Network website.
Global Jewish News:
VP Joe Biden extolls the historic impact of American Jews; JTA reports new charges about the Claims Conference; the ZOA regains its tax-exempt status; Michael Kotzin of Chicago looks at the amazing story of filmmaker Jack Garfein; an associate of one of the Boston Marathon bombers reportedly confessed to helping kill three Bostonian Jews on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11; and Councilman Garcetti becomes the first Jewish elected mayor of LA.
• Times of Israel -- ‘Jewish heritage is American heritage,’ says Biden
• JTA -- Top Claims Conference officials carried out own botched probe of 2001 fraud
• Forward -- ZOA Regains Tax-Exempt Status After Yearlong Hiatus
• Times of Israel (Michael Kotzin) -- Jack Garfein: Strange, wild, triumphant
• Algemeiner -- Friend Of Boston Bomber Shot Dead After Turning Violent During Confession To Jewish Triple Homicide Role
• JTA -- Councilman Garcetti is first elected Jewish mayor of Los Angeles
Globally, JTA and others report on the JFNA/Federation response to aiding victims of the Oklahoma tornado (see the JFNA briefing here); JTA also reports on the JFNA-backed RUSH Act for Holocaust survivor care; and the Chronicle of Philanthropy goes in-depth on how non-profits can plan for disaster response.
Federations are featured in Chicago; Metrowest, NJ; Miami; and the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, CA.
• JTA -- Jewish groups join effort to help Oklahoma tornado victims (highlights JFNA, Federation)
• JTA – Legislation enhancing Holocaust survivors’ care introduced (highlights JFNA, Federation)
• Chronicle of Philanthropy -- Planning and Practice Make Charities More Nimble During Disasters
• Chicago JUF News -- State senator apologizes for Nazi-linked name calling (highlights Federation)
• N.J. Jewish News -- Arts and aging: A perfect combination (highlights Federation)
• NBC 6 Miami -- South Florida Charities Giving Helping Hand to Oklahoma Tornado Victims (highlights Federation)
• Pasadena Star News -- Local Jewish Federation creates relief fund for tornado victims (highlights Federation)