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Volume 13, Number 13
April 12, 2010

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Iran Initiative
Obama Opens Nuclear Summit, Iran Condemns Gathering. President Barack Obama opened a 47-nation summit dedicated to keeping nuclear arms from terrorists on Monday and planned to seek momentum with China in his push for a new round of sanctions on Iran. Obama began the unprecedented two-day gathering with a series of meetings with some of the world leaders gathered for the summit, one of the largest international groupings ever staged by the United States. His talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao were expected to go some way toward determining whether China is prepared to join the United States, Britain, France, Russia and Germany in a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran…Diplomats believe China might be willing to join the latest Iran sanctions push but it was still unclear how far Beijing would go to penalize a country with which it has significant economic ties. Read the article from Reuters here.

Iran Says New US Policy is a Nuclear Threat. Iran's Supreme Leader said Sunday, April 11 that President Barack Obama has "implicitly threatened" his country with nuclear weapons in a newly outlined U.S. policy and Tehran said it intends to file a formal complaint with the U.N. Obama announced a new U.S. nuclear strategy last week, including a vow not to use nuclear weapons against countries that do not have them. Iran and North Korea were pointedly excepted from that pledge because Washington accuses them of not cooperating with the international community on nonproliferation standards. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, said Obama's language was "disgraceful" and proof the U.S. cannot be trusted. Read the article from the AP here.
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Israel Advocacy Initiative
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Report on Measures Taken by Israel in Support of the Palestinian Economy. On April 12, Israel released the Report of the Government of Israel to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on Measures Taken by Israel in Support of the Palestinian Economy. This Report presents a series of steps and actions undertaken by Israel during 2009 and the beginning of 2010, which were intended to promote and substantially improve the West Bank's economy. These measures were taken in parallel with a broader diplomatic and economic effort led by the international community, and notwithstanding the security risks posed by continued Palestinian terrorist activity. For more information, click here.

Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. People across Israel  observed a two minute silence as part of their Holocaust Memorial Day tribute. Traffic stopped and streets fell silent as people remembered the six million Jews who died in World War II. Click here.
Save Darfur
Polls Opened Sudan on Sunday. Many Sudanese went to the polls to vote this weekend, despite a boycott by the opposition party and the precarious security situation. News reports described voter turnout as light in south Sudan and surprisingly high in El Fasher in Darfur. President al-Bashir voted, as did the president of the Government of South Sudan, Salva Kiir. As expected, a number of polling stations opened late and electoral irregularities, particularly problems with the voter lists, were widely reported. On Monday, the spokesman for Sudan's national election commission said that voting would be extended by two days - until April 15 - to ensure technical problems would not prevent participation.
This Week in Washington
This Week in Washington.  This week, Congress returns to Washington after the Spring Recess.  President Obama, will host the Nuclear Security Summit here in Washington.  This international gathering will include the leaders of forty different nations.  The Supreme Court will not hear oral arguments this week.  

Justice Stevens Retires.  Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest serving Justice on the Supreme Court offered his resignation to President Obama last week.  Stevens was appointed to the Court by President Ford in 1975 and will turn 90 years old later this month.  When he retires at the end of this term, he will be the third longest serving Justice in United States history.  In recent years, Justice Stevens has been closely associated with the Court's 'liberal bloc.'  President Obama said he will announce his nomination of a new Justice shortly.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has indicated that he expects the Senate will confirm the new Justice by August.  This will be President Obama's second Supreme Court appointment.  Last year, he nominated Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the High Court.    

US and Russia Sign "NEW START" Pact.  Last week, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new START  Treaty.  This treaty will cut the number of strategic nuclear warheads each country is permitted to deploy by thirty percent.  This agreement came just a few days before the Nuclear Security Summit hosted by President Obama  in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.  Leaders from over forty countries have been invited to this conference that will focus on the most effective ways to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of rogue regimes and terrorists.  This conference is also seen as an opportunity for President Obama to speak candidly with world leaders about the threat that a nuclear armed Iran and North Korea poses.

Obama Statement on Yom Hashoah.  On Sunday, April 11th, President Obama issued a statement commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Obama spoke about his trips to Buchenwald and Yad Vashem, as well as how the memories of the victims "should serve as a constant reminder to honor their legacy by renewing our commitment to prevent genocide, and to confront anti-Semitism and prejudice in all of its forms." To read the full statement click here.
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Invitation to Attend the 2010 June Task Force and Board Meetings

Sunday June 6 & Monday June 7, 2010

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Join us for the 2010 June Task Force and Board of Directors meetings.  The JCPA is excited to convene friends and professionals from the community relations umbrella to hear from experts on issues important to the JCPA field and Jewish community at large.  Be sure to join us on Monday, June 7 to hear from Gerrald (Jerry) Silverman, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)'s newly named President and Chief Executive Officer.  Jerry will share with us his vision for the JFNA, the Federation system, and how Federations can continue a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with the CRC field.  CRC professionals are encouraged to attend Monday's Board meeting.  Click here to read Jerry's full bio.

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The reservation deadline is Friday May 7 - after that date all rooms will be released for general sale, and reservations will be based on availability.  If you plan to arrive early, we suggest that you request an early check in or give your arrival time to the hotel.

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