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JCRC/JFMD statement on Paris attacks

Dr. Richard Krugel, President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, and Scott Kaufman, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, issued the following statement in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris:

The Detroit Jewish community is profoundly saddened and angered by two days of terrorist attacks in Paris that have taken the lives of innocent civilians and injured others, some being targeted merely because they were of the Jewish faith. We extend our deep condolences to the bereaved families, and wishes for complete recovery to the wounded, and express our unwavering support to the people of France and especially to the Jewish community there, which has been the target of growing anti-Semitism. 

News coverage of Mitzvah Day 2014

Detroit Free Press: "Jewish, Muslim volunteers do good Christmas Day deeds"

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The Detroit News: "Families celebrate Christmas spirit with good deeds"

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WDIV Ch 4:

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WUOM Michigan Radio: "Mitzvah Day is joint Jewish and Muslim day of service on Christmas"

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WXYZ Ch 7:

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Fox 2: News coverage of Mitzvah Day 2014:

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WWJ NewsRadio 950: "Mitzvah Day Brings Jewish Community Service Projects To Christmas Day"



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Rival Palestinian Checkpoints in Gaza Show Cracks in Reconciliation Pact

by Majd Al Waheidi reported from Beit Hanoun and Jodi Rudoren in The New York Times

A potent symbol of the schism between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the Islamist group that dominates Gaza, has been visible at the border crossing here for years: The two maintain separate checkpoints a half-mile apart, and travelers crossing to or from Israel have to pass through both. Over the last week, though, the crossing illustrated something else: the unraveling of the reconciliation agreement reached last year, and the dysfunction of the Palestinians' supposed government of national consensus. Read full story

The Last Train

by Thomas Friedman in The New York Times

When Secretary of State John Kerry began his high-energy effort to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace, I argued that it was the last train for a two-state solution. If it didn't work, it would mean that the top-down, diplomatically constructed two-state concept was over as a way out of that conflict. For Israelis and Palestinians, the next train would be the one coming at them. Read full story

Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass

by Dennis Ross in The New York Times

The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, insists on using international institutions to pressure Israel, even after he was rebuffed in the United Nations Security Council, where he sought a resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Mr. Abbas has now announced that he will turn to the International Criminal Court — a move that will produce Palestinian charges and Israeli countercharges but not alter the reality on the ground. A European official I met recently expressed sympathy for the Palestinians' pursuit of a Security Council resolution. I responded by saying that if he favors Palestinian statehood, it's time to stop giving the Palestinians a pass. It is time to make it costly for them to focus on symbols rather than substance. Read full story

The improving economy isn't improving for everybody

by Gilda Jacobs, President/CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, in Detroit Free Press

Unemployment is down and personal income is up a bit. That's certainly welcome economic news in Michigan, but it may be masking a harsh reality for low- and middle-income families. Read full story

What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel

by Matti Friedman in The Atlantic
The news tells us less about Israel than about the people writing the news, a former AP reporter says. Read full story 

Reject Political Correctness on Israel

Berl Falbaum is a former journalist and former journalism instructor. 

it was refreshing, surprising, and outright stunning to read a speech delivered to the United Nations last week by Israel's Ambassador Ron Prosor. The UN's General Assembly was preparing, for the umpteenth time, to consider resolutions condemning Israel, when Prosor let loose. Read full story



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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 

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