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DETROIT JEWISH COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO PM NETANYAHU’S SPEECH

Dr. Richard Krugel, President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, issued the following statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress:

“The Israeli prime minister’s speech before Congress today displayed the enduring strength of the relationship between our two countries. The numerous standing ovations were a clear indication of U.S. – Israel friendship. A key aspect of that relationship is the current partnership to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. 

“The Iranian regime is a theocracy that exports terror, defies the international community and threatens Israel’s very existence. Any deal with Iran must require all nuclear infrastructure be dismantled amid ironclad verification protocols, and that the regime’s behavior must change to stop its aggression in the region, its worldwide terrorism, and its threats against Israel. Therefore, a better deal needs to be sought and, until then, sanctions must remain in place and tougher sanctions should be standing at the ready. 

“As Prime Minister Netanyahu related, later this week the Jewish community worldwide will celebrate the holiday of Purim, when an ancient Persian ruler attempted to annihilate his Jewish population. Today’s Persia, now called the Islamic Republic of Iran, must not be allowed to threaten the Jews, Israel, its neighbors, or the world.”

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The Options Facing Obama and Netanyahu

by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic

I had some time at the AIPAC conference yesterday to ask myself some questions, so I did. I originally did this is an exercise in head-clearing -- which is a hard thing to do at AIPAC -- but then thought that I might as well post it. I hope this gets at some of the complexity of the moment.... Read full story  

Danger Ahead for Obama on Iran

by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic
The political conflagration over Netanyahu's speech is masking another issue: Obama's responsibility to avoid making a bad nuclear deal. Read full story 

Study: Over half of U.S. Jewish college students have encountered anti-Semitism

by JTA

More than half of current American Jewish college students have personally witnessed or experienced an anti-Semitic incident, according to a new study. Read full story  

Historic US terror verdict charges Palestinian Authority with $654m. in damages

from Haaretz

Ending a saga dating back to the end of the Second Intifada in 2004, a US jury on Monday handed down a historic verdict against the Palestinian Authority for involvement in six terror attacks from that time period, charging them with $654 million in damages. Read full story  

Israel-India strategic ties are no longer a secret

by Amos Harel in Haaretz

Cooperation between the two nations was ramped up over a decade ago, but the Indian government preferred to keep a low profile, until now. Read full story  

The emerging Iran nuclear deal raises major concerns

Editorial in The Washington Post

Though we have long supported negotiations with Iran as well as the interim agreement the United States and its allies struck with Tehran, we share several of those concerns and believe they deserve more debate now — before negotiators present the world with a fait accompli. 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  

JCRC CONDEMNS HEINOUS KILLINGS OF CHRISTIANS

Dr. Richard Krugel, President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, issued the following statement:

 

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit expresses its shock at the barbaric beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of an ISIS affiliated group. The execution of any individual because of his or her religious preference is an act for which the civilized world has no room, an act the Jewish people are painfully familiar with. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims.

 

A mass execution, coming in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher market attacks in Paris as well as the attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen, signals a clear escalation of the war terrorist groups affiliated with ISIS have declared both against the West and against their own co-religionists who disagree with their ideas and actions.

 

We stand firm in our defense of the right of the individual to freedom of conscience and belief, and against any attempt to deny free exercise of religion to any group or individual for any reason. ISIS is a terrorist group hiding behind a pretense of religiosity.  In defense of our common humanity, we call upon all civilized nations to stand together against such brutality.

 

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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