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JFNA Daily Media Report -- March 23, 2012

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March 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

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
Jerusalem Post -- ‘IAF, intelligence succeeded against Gaza terror’
Haaretz -- Israeli leftist activists: We are being sexually harassed in the West Bank
Haaretz -- From puppet therapy to outings, Anglo residents cope with rocket barrage
Agence-France Press -- Israel says threat of strike on Iran is working

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

World Jewry:

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:

Forward -- New Tactic in Alan Gross Fight (mentions JFNA)
JTA -- Homeland Security official briefs Jewish leaders after Toulouse (highlights JFNA and its Secure Community Network)
International Herald Tribune’s ‘Rendevouz’ blog -- ‘Old’ Anti-Semitism and ‘New” in Europe
Der Spiegel -- More and More French Jews Emigrating to Israel,1518,822928,00.html
Haaretz -- French intelligence official: Toulouse shooter arrested by Israel Police in 2010 for possession of a knife
Haaretz (commentary, Avi Issacharoff) -- The spirit of Bin Laden lives

For more security news, see the weekly SCN digest:

Israel Advocacy:

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
Haaretz (commentary, Chemi Shalev) -- Is archliberal Peter Beinart good for the Jews?
JTA (op-ed, Steven Bayme) -- Beinart’s boycott plan deals a blow to peace bid

For more on advocacy, see IAN’s most recent IAN Insider:

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

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


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: 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)
Washington Post -- Komen board chair steps down, citing Howard University duties


N.J. Jewish Standard -- Departure sparks Federation shifts (highlights Federation)
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent -- Obama Launches Local Jewish Outreach (mentions Federation)
Jewish Times of Southern N.J. -- One Jewish Community Much More than Just a Catchphrase (highlights Federation)
Palm Beach Daily News -- Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County celebrates women’s philanthropy (highlights Federation)
Jewish Federation of Northern N.J. -- Message from Jason Shames (on France and security)

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