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For over half a century, the JCPA has served as an effective mechanism to identify issues, formulate policy, develop strategies and programs, and has given expression to a strongly united Jewish communal voice. By virtue of the JCPA's unique position and structure, our ability to reach out and motivate Jews and non-Jews alike to action is unparalleled. Through our network of 14 national and 125 local equal and independent partner agencies, the JCPA serves as a catalyst that heightens community awareness, encourages civic and social involvement, and deliberates key issues of importance to the Jewish community.
Election Day 2008

November 4th Election. Tomorrow, Americans across the country will go to the polls and cast their ballots for the 44th President of the United States and 111th Congress. This election seems to be a historic contest. This is the first time since 1928 that a sitting President or Vice-President is not running for the Presidency. It is also the first time U.S. history that both parties' nominees are sitting U.S. Senators. Equally ground breaking, this is the first time in American history that an African-American has been nominated by a major political party for President and only the second time that such a party has had a woman on a national ticket.

In many states, through early voting programs, ballots have already been cast. 34 states allow some type of early voting.

JCPA strongly encourages all eligible voters to participate in this election.

Iran Initiative
UAE Challenges Iran with US-Inspired Confidence. Emboldened by its close ties to the U.S., the United Arab Emirates is taking a more aggressive approach to challenging Iran over a territorial claim to three tiny Persian Gulf islands - even at the risk of antagonizing its powerful neighbor. The tough talk is part of the oil-rich country's push to be taken more seriously as a major global player. For three decades, the Emirates contested the islands located in the strategic Strait of Hormuz in a relatively low key manner. But this summer, it switched tactics - turning to tougher diplomacy to drum up support for what it calls the liberation of Arab territory from Iran's illegal occupation. Read the full article from the AP.

Iran Needs Oil To Stay at $60 a Barrel. Iran needs oil to average $60.60 a barrel till March, the end of the current Iranian year, to avoid 'big problems' in its economy, Iranian media reported on November 3. International oil prices have been slashed in half amid a world financial crisis since hitting a record of $147 a barrel in July. On Monday, U.S. crude traded at about $69 a barrel.  'If the price of a barrel of oil in the five remaining months of the current year stays at an average of $60.60 a barrel, we can pass this crisis soundly,' the deputy central bank governor for economic affairs, Ramin Pashaei, said. Pashaei was also quoted as saying that 'our economy will face big problems with any further drop' below $60.60 a barrel. Read the article from Forbes.
JCPA/UJC Israel Advocacy Initiative
Israeli Election Process. On October 26, newly elected Kadima Chair Tzipi Livni informed President Shimon Peres that she did not succeed in forming a coalition government. Peres decided to call for general elections to the Knesset, which have been set for February 10, 2009. To read more about the Israeli election process, laws, and timetable from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs click here.

Find of Ancient City Could Alter Notions of Biblical David. Overlooking the verdant Valley of Elah, where the Bible says David toppled Goliath, archaeologists are unearthing a 3,000-year-old fortified city that could reshape views of the period when David ruled over the Israelites. Five lines on pottery uncovered here appear to be the oldest Hebrew text ever found and are likely to have a major impact on knowledge about the history of literacy and alphabet development. Click here to read this article from the New York Times.
Save Darfur
Darfuris March in The Hague to Back Court's Action. More than 100 Darfuris marched through The Hague on Friday to show their support for the International Criminal Court's (ICC) move to indict Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Waving banners and chanting "all killers to the ICC!" the men marched to the court to hand in a letter of support for its chief prosecutor's request for an arrest warrant for the president, accusing him of war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region. Click here to read this entire article from Reuters.
JCPA Programs
New Faces…..New Politics? Plenum 2009 registration is now open! The JCPA Plenum is back in the nation's capital for the first major Jewish conference following the historic 2008 election. New leaders and new ideas are emerging on the political scene. How will these new policies impact our work on social justice, human rights, and Jewish security at home and abroad? Register now at www.jcpaplenum.org
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