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JFNA Daily Media Report -- Feb. 14, 2012

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In Mideast news, a suspicious explosion in Bangkok is linked to Iran, while conflicting reports emerge over whether Israel will respond to this week’s twin attacks against Israelis in India and Georgia. Meanwhile, Ha’aretz says the attacks are more about Hezbollah’s internal politics. Also, Newsweek takes a behind-the-scenes look at White House thinking on Iran, while USA Today looks at the potential complexity of an Israeli operation against Iranian nuclear facilities.


·         Washington Post -- Bangkok blasts prompt more accusations against Iran, a day after bombing attempts target Israelis
·         Ha’aretz -- Sources: Israel not expected to respond harshly to India, Georgia attacks
·         CBS News -- Israel to “settle the score” for Bangkok attack
·         Jerusalem Post -- India, Israel cooperate on bomb investigation
·         Ha’aretz (analysis, Avi Issacharoff) -- Recent terror attacks have less to do with Israel than we think
·         Forward -- Newsweek Gets Inside Obama’s Iran Calculations
·         USA Today -- Israeli attack on Iran would be complex operation

For more Israel-related news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page:

For general security related issues, see these stories collected by JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN):

Israel Advocacy:

The Israel Project maintains the U.S. Hispanic community is among the most anti-Israel; the Forward reports on BDS supporters, including Jews, who are producing an anti-Israel viral video campaign; and the JNS news service looks at an upcoming Harvard conference on a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (the answer does not include a Jewish state).

·         Ha’aretz -- The Israel Project: ‘American Hispanics are the most hostile toward Israel’
·         Forward -- Jews And BDS Working Together to Mock Zionists
·         JointMedia News Service (op-ed, Steven Stotsky) -- When it comes to the Middle East, Harvard needs some schooling

For more on Israel advocacy, see the Israel Action Network’s latest IAN Insider:

Israel-Diaspora and Social Issues:

An Israeli columnist, in the LA Jewish paper, examines a new study discounting increased distancing of young American Jews from Israel; and JTA looks at rising economic concerns in Israel and the potential political impacts.

L.A. Jewish Journal (op-ed, Shmuel Rosner) -- The end of Jews distancing from Israel? (Yeah, right)
JTA -- In Israel, economic concerns mount, but unclear which party will benefit

For more on the religious-secular issues in Israel, see this JFNA resource page:

Federations/Philanthropy/Global Jewish Issues:

In global news, JFNA is among the leading voices against the administration’s proposed reduction in charitable tax breaks; JFNA also pairs with the Reform movement to advocate for protecting vital services under Medicare reform; and JFNA’s William Daroff is named a Jewish influential.

Locally, Federations are featured in L.A., Lehigh Valley, PA and Middlesex County, NJ.


·         JTA -- OU, JFNA slam Obama plan to reduce deduction rate (highlights, quotes JFNA)
Israel National News -- Jewish Federation: Obama Budget Threatens Charitable Giving (highlights, quotes JFNA)
Chronicle of Philanthropy -- Nonprofits Oppose Obama Plan On Limiting Charity Write-Offs
JTA op-ed (William Daroff and David Saperstein) -- Medicaid reforms need not undermine vital services (highlights JFNA)
National Jewish Outreach Program -- First Jewish Influencer Awards (names JFNA’s William Daroff)


Forward -- L.A. Federation Kicks Off Annual Phone-a-Thon
N.J. Jewish News -- Police advise local agencies on boosting security measures (highlights Federation)
WFMZ-TV (Lehigh Valley, PA) -- Super Sunday Phone-A-Thon raises money for local Jewish community (highlights Federation)

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