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JCRC hosts Israel briefing for media leaders
JCRC hosted Times of Israel correspondent Rebecca Stoil, who briefed over 50 local journalists at our annual media luncheon.
Ms. Stoil also gave interviews to Paul W. Smith on WJR radio and was an on-air guest on WDET's Detroit Today morning show.
Media interest was especially high due to the barbaric terrorist attack that killed four Jews and a Druze policeman at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Links to some of the coverage:
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News, Op-Eds and Other Resources
Cheers for synagogue killing can't be forgotten
by Nolan Finley in The Detroit News
As poisoned as the killers must have been by mind-rotting hatred, those who stood and publicly praised such a grotesque spilling of blood are just as sickening. It is their adulation of murderers that allows the murder to continue; their refusal to shun brutality that enables the brutal to act in their name. Read full story
Is The Obama Administration Provoking Israel?
Commentary by Professor Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University Read full story
The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here
by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic
The Obama administration's anger is "red-hot" over Israel's settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama's understanding of the Middle East. Profound changes in the relationship may be coming. Read full story
The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbance
by Pinhas Inbari, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
The deterioration of the security situation in Jerusalem cannot be understood only on the Israeli-Palestinian level; it is umbilically connected to the chaos in the Middle East and to the great struggle between the moderate Sunni regimes and the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to make the Jerusalem issue a rallying cry of the "Arab Storm." The Brotherhood's strategy hopes to unite all of the region's Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its hub. Read full story
War is hell for civilians, too
by Berl Falbaum in The Detroit News
A degree of hypocrisy is part of the DNA of most, if not all, politicians. But President Barack Obama gave that trait new meaning with a change in policy as it relates to the killing of civilians in a wartime setting. Read full story
Israel Wants Detroit Partnership
by Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle (metro Detroit's African American weekly newspaper)
Israel’s top diplomat to the Midwest came to dinner to sell Israel as a product any nation or community would want to seek partnership with as part of his mission in establishing links and building new bridges. I came to dinner to advocate for Detroit as a place that is on the rebound with much untapped potential and a city that Israel should seriously consider establishing a meaningful relationship with in the form of a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and educational opportunities among other things between the two jurisdictions. Read full story