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JFNA Daily Media Report -- Feb. 21, 2012

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February 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM



In Mideast news, Iran warns it might take pre-emptive action should it feel threatened; Israel says it will rethink future peace deals if Egypt backs out of its treaty with Israel; US Jewish leaders hold frank talks with Jordan’s king; and President Obama’s Chief of Staff meets with N.Y. Jewish leaders.

N.Y. Times -- Iran Warns of Pre-emptive Action in Nuclear Dispute
Jerusalem Post -- ‘Israel may rule out deals if Egypt changes treaty’
Times of Israel -- US-Jewish leaders hold ‘candid’ discussion with Jordan king
JTA -- Lew meets N.Y. Jewish officials, talks Israel and Iran

Israel Advocacy:

A series of advocacy stories today, including an Israeli conference on the issue; the Presbyterian Church USA’s consideration to divest from Israel; a NJ Federation promotes Israeli goods; Canadian Jews counter boycott attempts; the Forward profiles the David Project; outgoing Israel Project head Jennifer Laszlo-Mizrahi offers her rules on advocacy; the Times of Israel profiles Mr. Israel Advocacy; Jeff Goldberg, in Bloomberg News, looks at an old FDR aphorism and its relation to Israel advocacy; and Jewlicious reports on how Israel-basher Norm Finkelstein is actually saying the BDS movement should reveal its true goal – to eliminate Israel.

Jerusalem Post -- Edelstein addresses conference on Israel-bashing
Huffington Post -- Presbyterians Consider Divesting From Select Companies in Israel (highlights IAN)
N.J. Jewish News -- Federation makes ‘BIG’ Israeli goods promotion (highlights Princeton Mercer Bucks Federation)
Israel National News -- Canadian Jews Fight Boycott Attempts (highlights Vancouver Federation)
Forward -- Hard-Nosed Campus Group Softens Tactics
Times of Israel blog (Jennifer Laszlo-Mizrahi) -- Ten commandments for the Washington lobbyist
Times of Israel -- Mr. Israel Advocacy
Bloomberg News (commentary, Jeffrey Goldberg) -- With These Enemies, Israel Needs More Friends
Jewlicious -- Norman Finkelstein Exposes the BDS Movement as Dishonest, a Cult

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

Israel-Diaspora and Social Issues:

Leaders of the Washington Federation speak out in the Washington Post about a proposed sister-city partnership with Beit Shemesh and the challenges it faces due to recent extremist violence.

Washington Post (letter to the editor, Stuart Kurlander, Steven Rakitt) -- Extremist Ultra-Orthodox acts in Beit Shemesh are not the norm (highlights Federation)

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

Federations/Philanthropy/Global Jewish Issues:

In global news, the new JINSA director speaks out; JTA looks at the Alan Gross case; the Toronto Federation website reports on JFNA’s OTZMA; a Nevada newspaper report on nonprofit growth, citing JFNA; and the NY Times looks at how Israel is changing the face of organ donation.

Locally, the Federation is featured in Princeton Mercer Bucks County, N.J.


Algemeiner -- New director for Jewish Institute for Security Affairs
JTA -- Alan Gross revelations could hamper campaign for his release (quotes JFNA)
Toronto Federation’s Shalom Life -- Young Jews Enjoy An Expanded OTZMA Experience (highlights JFNA)
Deseret News -- Nonprofits outpace businesses in job growth (highlights JFNA)
N.Y. Times’ ‘Well’ blog -- In Israel, A New Approach to Organ Donation


N.J. Jewish News -- Federation recognized for synagogue relations (highlights Federation)


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