JFNA Daily Media Report -- Oct. 5, 2012

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 2:55pm

The JFNA Daily Media Report will return on Wed., Oct. 10. We wish you all a joyful Sukkot.

Israel & Mideast:

In Israel news, a highly unusual incident occurred Friday when a U.S. participant in a work-study program shot and killed a co-worker before being killed by security.  On the political front, senior Likud officials said that Defense Minister Ehud Barak's failure to secure a top spot on the party's Knesset ticket for the next elections has caused discord between him and PM Netanyahu.

In Iran news, U.S. officials dismissed an Iranian plan to ease the nuclear crisis; the E.U. is mulling a broad trade embargo against Iran, moving beyond current restrictions; anti-government protests in Iran over a currency plunge have bolstered Israeli hopes that sanctions will undermine the regime; and Henry Kissinger opines that a strike on Iran must be a U.S. decision.

Elsewhere in the Mideast, Israel's Deputy PM said a deadly Syrian mortar strike on a Turkish town had to be considered an attack on a member of the NATO alliance; and Israel reports Syrian Druze are seeking Israeli citizenship amidst their country’s civil war.

JFNA hosted a teleconference last week on the Iran situation – click here for a briefing and link to a recording: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=257833.

Israel Domestic Issues:

• Haaretz -- After fatal shooting, Jewish Agency to probe how U.S. gunman was accepted onto Eilat program http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/after-fatal-shooting-jewish-agency-to-probe-how-u-s-gunman-was-accepted-onto-eilat-program-1.468460

• YNet News -- Officials: Barak sought top spot on Likud ticket http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4288840,00.html

Iran:

• Jerusalem Post -- EU considers 'taboo' broad trade embargo on Iran http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=286786

• NY Times -- Iran Offers Plan, Dismissed by U.S., on Nuclear Crisis http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/world/middleeast/iranians-offer-9-step-plan-to-end-nuclear-crisis.html?ref=world

• Wall Street Journal -- Israel Alters Calculus on Tehran Due to Unrest http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443768804578036713320010332.html?mod=WSJ_World_LEFTSecondNews

• Times of Israel -- Kissinger: Strike on Iran is an American decision http://www.timesofisrael.com/kissinger-war-against-iran-is-an-american-decision/

Mideast:

• L.A. Jewish Journal -- Israel says Syrian mortar strike was attack on NATO http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/israel_says_syrian_mortar_strike_was_attack_on_nato• Times of Israel -- With Syria ablaze, dozens of Golan Heights Druze seek Israeli citizenship http://www.timesofisrael.com/with-syria-ablaze-dozens-of-golan-heights-druze-seek-israeli-citizenship/

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/bcb5afdb71/521804587/8fddab0b42/

Israel Advocacy:

A leading European body aimed at combating discrimination has accepted a representative of a Greek neo-Nazi political party. In Australia, community leaders are concerned about anti-Semitic comments before an upcoming Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) protest in Melbourne.

• JTA -- Greek neo-Nazi party welcomed into anti-discrimination body http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/10/05/3108661/greek-neo-nazi-party-welcomed-into-anti-discrimination-body

• J Wire -- Concern Over BDS Hate Speech http://www.jwire.com.au/news/concern-over-bds-hate-speech/28729

For Israel advocacy news, see the Israel Action Network’s website: http://israelactionnetwork.org/

Federations/Philanthropy:

U.S. law enforcement and security agencies are distributing a primer by the JFNA Secure Community Network (SCN) that details violent incidents against Jews in the U.S. and abroad (JFNA sent a briefing detailing the primer last month: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=257186).

In philanthropy news, a NASDAQ.com editor examines year-end major gifts, while the Chronicle of Philanthropy contends that charitable organizations need to boost efforts to reach users of mobile devices such tablets and smartphones.

An Intermountain Jewish News columnist suggests the recent presidential debate, combined with last year’s GA, has elevated Denver to new heights. In Commentary, a longtime Jewish communal expert says history, demography, and social trends are recasting the New York Jewish community in unexpected lights that may signal shifts elsewhere.

Locally, Federations are featured in Atlantic & Cape May (NJ) Counties, San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys (CA), and Miami.

Global:

• J Weekly -- Jewish-life primer for law enforcement (highlights JFNA) http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/66606/jewish-life-primer-for-law-enforcement/

• NASDAQ.com -- Year-End Gift Tax Planning Essentials http://community.nasdaq.com/News/2012-10/yearend-gift-tax-planning-essentials.aspx?storyid=179116

• Chronicle of Philanthropy -- Why Nonprofits Need to Do More to Reach People on the Go http://philanthropy.com/blogs/social-philanthropy/why-nonprofits-need-to-do-more-to-reach-people-on-the-go/31722

• Intermountain Jewish News (commentary) -- Plaudits to the University of Denver (highlights JFNA) http://www.ijn.com/editorial/3451-plaudits-to-the-university-of-denver

• Commentary magazine (opinion) -- First New York's Jews, Then America's? http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/first-new-yorks-jews-then-americas/

Local:

• Jewish Times of Southern NJ -- The Human Face of Campaign (highlights Federation) http://www.jewishtimes-sj.com/news/2012-10-05/Front_Page/The_Human_Face_of_Campaign.html

• Pasadena Patch -- Segal Honored as Jewish Community Leader (highlights Federation) http://pasadena-ca.patch.com/articles/segal-honored-as-community-leader

• Miami Herald -- Long-awaited Jewish Community Center puts Miami Beach kids in motion  (highlights Federation) http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/03/3033077/long-awaited-jewish-community.html

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