Israel & Mideast:
The U.S. moves to expand oil embargoes on Iran; Israeli officials tell the JPost that the U.S. won’t allow Iran to become another North Korea-like nuclear power; an Israeli defense publication says Israel has deployed the Iron Dome anti-missile system outside Tel Aviv; an Israeli pundit says the U.S. has used media leaks to prevent an Israeli attack on Iran; and a NY Times blog looks as the election of Shaul Mofaz to head Kadima this week.
JFNA will be holding a call next week on global Iran sanctions -- see the briefing here: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=253144.
Jerusalem Post -- ‘US understands Iran can’t proceed like N. Korea’ http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=263624
N.Y. Times -- Obama to Clear Way to Tighten Iranian Oil Sanctions http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/31/business/global/obama-to-clear-way-to-expand-iranian-oil-sanctions.html
Israel Defense -- Iron Dome Battery Deployed in the Metropolitan Tel Aviv Area for the First Time http://www.israeldefense.com/?CategoryID=475&ArticleID=1092
Ynet News (analysis, Ron Ben-Yishai) -- US thwarting Israeli strike on Iran http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4209836,00.html
N.Y. Times’ ‘Latitude’ blog (analysis, Shmuel Rosner) -- The Rise of Mofaz http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/the-rise-of-mofaz/
For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/Weekly-News-Items-in-Israel.aspx
For more security news, see JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN) news page: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1091809/4c6622a13c/521804587/6f6ce4dce4/.
The NY Times and JPost report on the day’s Palestinian protests; the Times of Israel says the protests seemed run-of-the-mill; NY Federation’s John Ruskay looks at the defeat of an Israel boycott in a Brooklyn co-op; Haaretz analyzes a PR campaign by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and reports on the re-election of a notorious anti-Israel politician in the UK; and the Colbert Report takes on Peter Beinart.
N.Y. Times -- Palestinians Protest Land Seizure and Control of Jerusalem http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/31/world/middleeast/palestinians-protest-land-seizure-and-control-of-jerusalem.html
Jerusalem Post -- Protesters in Israel’s neighbors mark Land Day http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=264144
Times of Israel (analysis, Matti Friedman) -- At Friday’s Jerusalem protest, a familiar script http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-friday-protest-a-familiar-script/
UJA-Federation of N.Y. (commentary, John Ruskay) -- Israeli Hummus Wins in Brooklyn http://www.ujafedny.org/uja-federation-news-2/view/israeli-hummus-wins-in-brooklyn/
Haaretz -- The Muslim Brotherhood’s international charm offensive http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/the-muslim-brotherhood-s-international-charm-offensive-1.421721
Haaretz -- George Galloway tweets ‘long live Palestine’ to supporters after landslide U.K. by-election victory http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/george-galloway-tweets-long-live-palestine-to-supporters-after-landslide-u-k-by-election-victory-1.421747
Colbert Report (video, satire) -- Stephen Colbert interviews Peter Beinart http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/411354/march-29-2012/peter-beinart
For more on Israel advocacy, see the Israel Action Network’s most recent e-letter: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=252919.
Highly positive reactions continue to flow from the just-concluded 2012 TribeFest (see all the media coverage here: http://www.jewishfederations.org/tribefest-coverage.aspx).
N.Y. Jewish Week (commentary, Rabbi Arnold Samlan) -- A Boomer Looks Back at TribeFest 2012 (highlights JFNA, Federations) http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial_opinion/opinion/boomer_looks_back_tribefest_2012
Cleveland Jewish News -- TribeFest draws more than 1,500 young Jews (highlights JFNA, Federation) http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local/article_906a34f2-79b3-11e1-9089-001a4bcf887a.html
Oy! Chicago -- What happens at TribeFest… (highlights JFNA, Federation) http://www.oychicago.com/blog.aspx?id=21025&blogid=142
The Jewdo blog (commentary) -- TribeFest! Updating From Las Vegas http://thejewdo.com/tribefest-updating-from-las-vegas/
Globally, two reports in Israeli media look at current social issues.
Locally, Federations are featured in Cleveland; Howard County, MD; MetroWest, NJ; Pittsburgh; Northern NJ; and Toronto.
Jerusalem Post -- Index measures inclusion for kids with disabilities http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=264088
Haaretz – With the help of a secret investor, Tel Aviv community center to launch bilingual school http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/with-the-help-of-a-secret-investor-tel-aviv-community-center-to-launch-bilingual-school-1.421630
Baltimore Sun -- New director of Howard Co. Jewish Federation looks ahead (highlights Federation) http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bs-md-ho-federation-20120328,0,955541.story
Cleveland Jewish News -- Access Jewish Cleveland offers one-stop information site (highlights Federation) http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local/article_af4c5eb2-79e6-11e1-a0df-001a4bcf887a.html
Bergen Record (NJ) -- North Jersey volunteers turn out for food drive (highlights Federation) http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergen/bergen_news/North_Jersey_volunteers_turn_out_for_food_drive.html
N.J. Jewish News -- Jewish leaders will accompany Christie on Israel trip (mentions Federation) http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/8920/jewish-leaders-will-accompany-christie-on-israel-trip
Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle -- Mega Mission signs up 250th participant for trip (highlights Federation) http://thejewishchronicle.net/view/full_story/18048586/article-Mega-Mission-signs-up-250th-participant-for-trip
Shalom Life -- Director Len Pearl on his documentary, ‘The Jewish Canadians’ (highlights Federation) http://us.shalomlife.com/culture/16913/director-len-pearl-on-his-documentary-the-jewish-canadians/