Mideast & Politics:
On the peace front, PM Netanyahu secures support from Bulgaria in the bid to derail the UN vote on Palestinian statehood, while a Palestinian leader says the UN vote will not hurt the peace process.
Jerusalem Post -- PM commends Bulgarian history in bid for diplomatic support http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=228332
Ha’aretz -- Palestinian official: UN vote on statehood won’t contradict peace process http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/palestinian-official-un-vote-on-statehood-won-t-contradict-peace-process-1.371831
The sea-borne Gaza flotilla appears increasingly deflated, with many activists shipping off – for home. Meanwhile, Israel apparently succeeds in heading off the proposed Palestine fly-in protest, with the help of the countries of origin.
Meanwhile, a critical UN report on last year’s deadly flotilla is delayed to allow Israel and Turkey to complete talks; and two new grassroots Israeli initiatives surface to advocate for the Jewish state.
This week, IAN issued a briefing on the potential Israel airport protests and other news: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=243308. JFNA and its Israel Action Network, in partnership with JCPA, are also providing advocacy materials and resources to Federations with this special Gaza flotilla page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=242527. You can also access information about the Israel Action Network on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/IsraelActionNetwork) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/IsraelActionNet).
Ha’aretz -- Israel police decrease presence at airport after pro-Palestinian activists stopped abroad http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-police-decrease-presence-at-airport-after-pro-palestinian-activists-stopped-abroad-1.372016
Jerusalem Post -- PM says Israel not overreacting to ‘air flotilla’ http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=228385
Jerusalem Post -- Greece stops French Gaza flotilla ship near Crete http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=228276
Jerusalem Post -- Gaza flotilla all but over as most activists return home http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=228372
Ha’aretz -- UN report on Gaza flotilla delayed to allow Israel-Turkey talks http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/un-report-on-gaza-flotilla-delayed-to-enable-israel-turkey-talks-1.372012
Ynet News -- Israeli advocacy gets new look http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4082070,00.html
Jerusalem Post -- ‘Like for Israel’ takes on flotilla advocacy http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=228279
Jerusalem Post (blog commentary) -- BDS and I http://blogs.jpost.com/content/bds-and-i
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (op-ed) -- Flotilla doesn’t help peace process and instead could escalate conflict http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/125110969.html (mentions Federation)
Federations and Philanthropy:
In global news, the LA Federation names its winner of the $1 million Next Big Jewish Idea contest; the Chicago Federation outlines the Jewish case against Medicaid cuts; and a Federation-funded program in Israel gets featured.
Locally, Federations are featured in Detroit; Lehigh Valley, PA; and Pittsburgh.
JTA -- LaunchBox named Next Big Jewish Idea (highlights LA Federation) http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/07/06/3088432/launchbox-named-next-big-jewish-idea
Chicago JUF News -- How Medicaid helps our Jewish community http://www.juf.org/news/local.aspx?id=74591
Meir Panim News -- From San Francisco and Kiryat Gat to Jerusalem (highlights JFNA) http://www.meirpanim.org/news_e.php?id=250
Ha’aretz -- Will Bynum to hold summer youth camp in Israel (mentions Detroit Federation) http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/sports/basketball-will-bynum-to-hold-summer-youth-camp-in-israel-1.371857
South Whitehall (PA) Patch -- Jewish Federation elects officers (highlights Federation)_ http://southwhitehall.patch.com/articles/jewish-federation-elects-officers-honorary-officers
Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle -- Federation approves $20 million in allocations (highlights Federation) http://thejewishchronicle.net/view/full_story/14592758/article-Federation-approves--20-million-in-allocations