Israel & Mideast:
In Israel-related news, Israel says it will not help a UN probe into settlements; the IAF and Israeli intelligence were highly effective against recent Gaza attacks; Israeli women activists in the West Bank report being harassed by Palestinians, Haaretz says; Anglo immigrants in the south use a range of tactics to cope with life under fire; and AFP quotes Defense Minister Ehud Barak as saying Israel’s actions on Iran are working.
Jerusalem Post -- Israel won’t cooperate with UN probe of settlements http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=263077
Jerusalem Post -- ‘IAF, intelligence succeeded against Gaza terror’ http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=263018
Haaretz -- Israeli leftist activists: We are being sexually harassed in the West Bank http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-leftist-activists-we-are-being-sexually-harassed-in-the-west-bank-1.419167
Haaretz -- From puppet therapy to outings, Anglo residents cope with rocket barrage http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/from-puppet-therapy-to-outings-anglo-residents-cope-with-rocket-barrage-1.418993
Agence-France Press -- Israel says threat of strike on Iran is working http://uk.news.yahoo.com/threat-strike-iran-working-israels-barak-091033984.html
For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/Weekly-News-Items-in-Israel.aspx
The campaign to free Alan Gross takes a new approach, the Forward reports; SCN and DHS officials brief the community on security, JTA reports; the Herald Tribune looks at rising Euro anti-Semitism; Der Spiegel examines increasing French-Jewish aliyah; and Haaretz reports Israeli police had arrested the Toulouse shooter at one point on a weapons charge. JFNA issued a briefing earlier this week on the unfolding Toulouse events here: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=252847.
Forward -- New Tactic in Alan Gross Fight (mentions JFNA) http://forward.com/articles/153492/new-tactic-in-alan-gross-fight
JTA -- Homeland Security official briefs Jewish leaders after Toulouse (highlights JFNA and its Secure Community Network) http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/03/22/3092298/homeland-security-official-briefs-jewish-leaders-after-toulouse
International Herald Tribune’s ‘Rendevouz’ blog -- ‘Old’ Anti-Semitism and ‘New” in Europe http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/old-anti-semitism-and-new-in-europe/
Der Spiegel -- More and More French Jews Emigrating to Israel http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,822928,00.html
Haaretz -- French intelligence official: Toulouse shooter arrested by Israel Police in 2010 for possession of a knife http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/french-intelligence-chief-toulouse-shooter-arrested-by-israel-police-in-2010-for-possession-of-a-knife-1.420420
Haaretz (commentary, Avi Issacharoff) -- The spirit of Bin Laden lives http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/the-spirit-of-bin-laden-lives-1.420358
For more security news, see the weekly SCN digest: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1091809/b314b249ce/521804587/6f6ce4dce4/.
A range of opinion pieces unpack the recent call by Peter Beinart to boycott Israeli goods from the West Bank.
The Atlantic (Jeffrey Goldberg) -- An Interview With Jeremy Ben-Ami on Settlements, Beinart, Obama, the Whole Nine Yards http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/an-interview-with-jeremy-ben-ami-on-settlements-beinart-obama-the-whole-nine-yards/254918
Haaretz (commentary, Chemi Shalev) -- Is archliberal Peter Beinart good for the Jews? http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/is-archliberal-peter-beinart-good-for-the-jews-1.420178
JTA (op-ed, Steven Bayme) -- Beinart’s boycott plan deals a blow to peace bid http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/03/22/3092297/op-ed-beinarts-boycott-plan-deals-a-blow-to-peace-bid
For more on advocacy, see IAN’s most recent IAN Insider: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=251938.
Israel/Diaspora Social Issues:
Increasing numbers of ultra-religious Jews are self-segregating from women on El Al flights, Haaretz reports.
Haaretz -- Ultra-Orthodox Jews increasingly refuse to sit near women on El Al Flights http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/ultra-orthodox-jews-increasingly-refuse-to-sit-near-women-on-el-al-flights-1.420298
For more on the religious-secular issues in Israel, see this JFNA resource page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=250702.
The Forward runs a JTA report on the GOP’s proposed alternative federal budget plan; JFNA has opposed a measure in the government’s budget plan that reduces charitable tax incentives (see the related briefing here: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=251292). Also, a Susan G. Koman board member steps down.
Locally, Federations are featured in Atlantic & Cape May Counties, N.J.; Northern N.J.; Philadelphia; and Palm Beach.
Forward (JTA) -- Jewish Groups Oppose GOP Budget Plan (mentions JFNA) http://forward.com/articles/153589/jewish-groups-oppose-gop-budget-plan/
Washington Post -- Komen board chair steps down, citing Howard University duties http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/komen-board-chair-steps-down-from-top-post/2012/03/22/gIQAhXxJUS_story.html
N.J. Jewish Standard -- Departure sparks Federation shifts (highlights Federation) http://www.jstandard.com/index.php/content/item/22521
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent -- Obama Launches Local Jewish Outreach (mentions Federation) http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/25569/Obama_Launches_Local_Jewish/
Jewish Times of Southern N.J. -- One Jewish Community Much More than Just a Catchphrase (highlights Federation) http://www.jewishtimes-sj.com/news/2012-03-23/Front_Page/One_Jewish_Community_Much_More_than_Just_a_Catchph.html
Palm Beach Daily News -- Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County celebrates women’s philanthropy (highlights Federation) http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/society/jewish-federation-of-palm-beach-county-celebrates-womens-2254966.html
Jewish Federation of Northern N.J. -- Message from Jason Shames (on France and security) http://www.jfnnj.org/page.aspx?id=252951