Tue, 02/05/2013 - 9:10am
Israel & Mideast:
In Mideast issues, Israel TV reports that Iran refused a Syrian request to strike back at Israel, after last week’s attack on what are now believe to be two targets – a convoy of missiles headed to Lebanon, and a facility developing non-conventional weapons. On the Palestinian front, Hamas accuses Israel of trying to derail Palestinian unity efforts. In domestic Israeli issues, those involved in negotiating previous coalition governments tell The Jerusalem Post that any coalition will bring compromises.Mideast:• Times of Israel -- Iran reportedly refuses Assad request to hit back at Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-reportedly-refuses-assad-request-to-hit-back-at-israel/• N.Y. Times -- Strike Into Syria Said to Damage Research Site http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/world/middleeast/syrian-weapons-center-said-to-be-damaged.htmlIsrael-Palestinians:• Jerusalem Post -- Hamas: Israel sabotaging reconciliation efforts http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=302094Domestic Israel Issues:• Jerusalem Post -- Former negotiators: Coalition compromises inevitable http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=302107For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/Weekly-News-Items-in-Israel.aspxFor more security news, see JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN) news page:http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1091809/bcb5afdb71/521804587/8fddab0b42/
Making headlines today was a new academic study that says both Israeli and Palestinian school systems try to demonize the other side, a conclusion many in Israel dispute. Also a CAMERA writer blogs in The Times of Israel about the recent NY Times story on racist soccer fans in Israel.• JTA -- New textbook study threatens to undercut argument that Palestinian schools preach hate http://www.jta.org/news/article/2013/02/03/3118651/when-textbooks-collide-shorter-version• Forward -- Dissenters on Panel Blast Study Claiming Palestinian Textbooks Don't Vilify Jews http://forward.com/articles/170490/dissenters-on-panel-blast-study-claiming-palestini/• Washington Post -- Israelis unhappy with study of their textbooks and Palestinians’ http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israelis-unhappy-with-study-of-their-textbooks-and-palestinians/2013/02/03/f471e042-6e3d-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html• Times of Israel (commentary, Ricki Hollander) -- Exposing the New York Times’ double standards http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/exposing-the-new-york-times-double-standards/For more Israel advocacy news, see the Israel Action Network’s newly redesigned and enhanced website: http://israelactionnetwork.org/
Federations/Philanthropy: Globally, a business leader issues a new set of commandments to grow the Jewish People; a report looks at how some Moslems are joining the Limmud conferences to learn about Jews; and the Non-Profit Times says Hurricane Sandy boosted 2012 giving overall.
Federations are highlighted in Pittsburgh; and San Diego.
• Tablet -- How to sell Judaism http://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/123245/how-to-sell-judaism• Times of Israel -- Muslims find a ‘shtender’ at UK Jewish study confab http://www.timesofisrael.com/muslims-find-a-shtender-at-uk-jewish-study-confab/• Non-Profit Times – Stormy Weather Pushed Giving Higher in 2012 http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/article/detail/stormy-weather-pushed-giving-higher-for-2012-5182
• E-news Park Forest -- Park Forest Native Michael Sonduck Appointed New CEO of Jewish Federation of San Diego County (highlights Federation) http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/human-interest/40081-park-forest-native-michael-sonduck-appointed-new-ceo-of-jewish-federation-of-san-diego-county.html• Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle -- Fundraising professionals promoted at Federation (highlights Federation) http://thejewishchronicle.net/view/full_story/21602848/article-Fundraising-professionals-promoted-at-Federation