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Volume 13, Number 50
December 27, 2010

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Iran Initiative
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Civility Campaign
This Week in Washington
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Happy new year
2010 has been a busy year for the JCPA, and we've been happy to share our successes, activity, and resources with you here in Insider.  Thank you for your support throughout.  All of us at the JCPA, in New York and Washington, wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2011. 
Iran Initiative
Loopholes on Iran Exploited.  An article in last week’s New York Times revealed that US companies have sought and received thousands of exemptions to sanctions on blacklisted countries like Iran.  The exemptions came from a loophole in a law intended to allow for humanitarian and diplomatic goals.  Instead, companies sought permission for products like gum and tobacco.  In a statement released on Friday, the JCPA expressed disappointment and frustration with the law and promised to work with the Administration and Congress to close the loophole.  You can read the statement here

Iran Bans Opposition Leaders from Traveling Abroad.
  In an effort to increase pressure on reformists, the Iranian regime has banned opposition leaders from traveling abroad.  “The comments by Mousa Qorbani, a member of the Judicial Committee in parliament, were the first official word of a travel ban on the top opposition figures Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi — who both ran in the disputed 2009 presidential elections — as well as former reformist president Mohammad Khatami.”  To read the complete story from the Associated Press click here.

Death Sentence Halted for Iranian Kurdish Student. 
After international criticism, the hanging sentence for Iranian student Habibolah Latifi has been halted.  “A court in the western city of Sanandaj, Kordestan province, had notified Latifi's other lawyer that he would be hanged Sunday morning, Ahmadi said. Latifi, a law student, has been convicted of waging war against God (moharebeh) for supporting PJAK, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, a banned Iranian-Kurdish rebel group.”  To read the complete story from AFP click here
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Israel Advocacy Initiative
Israel Hits Tourism Record. Preliminary reports from Israel’s tourism ministry indicate that 2010 was a record year for Israeli tourism.  “Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov announced Monday that preliminary estimates show Israel received 3.45 million visitors this year. That's 14 percent higher than the previous record of about 3 million tourists in 2008.” To read the complete story in Haaretz click here.

Seattle Bus Ads Rejected.  A recent initiative by anti-Israel activists to post ads on buses has failed.  “King County Executive Dow Constantine on Dec. 24 ordered the Metro Transit system to reject the ad as well as any other new noncommercial advertising.  The Seattle Midwest Awareness Campaign paid $1,794 to place the advertisements on 12 buses beginning Dec. 27, the day Israel entered Gaza to stop rocket attacks on its southern communities. The ads feature a group of children looking at a demolished building under the heading ‘Israeli War Crimes: Your tax dollars at work.’" To read the complete story in JTA click here.
Save Darfur
Sudan Referendum Talking Points. Next month, Sudan's South is expected to vote to secede in a referendum.  The Save Darfur coalition has put together talking points on what potential threats can be expected. You can read those here.
Civility campaign
JCPA Civility Effort Discussed in London Jewish Chronicle. The London Jewish Chronicle published an article that highlights JCPA’s Statement on Civility. The article notes that “one way of maintaining Jewish relations across the divide is to promote civility in debates.”  Although difficult to achieve, a more civil Jewish community is vital “if we are to prevent the Jewish people from dissolving into…mutually antagonistic clans.”   
 
You can view the article here.
This Week in Washington
This Week in Washington. The 111th Congress completed its work last week.  The 112th Congress will begin on January 5th, 2011.  The President is in Hawaii with his family.  The Supreme Court is not in session this week.  

JCPA Attends Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Ceremonies.  Official Washington celebrated the passage of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last week, and the JCPA was there to join in.  On Tuesday, December 21, representatives from the JCPA Washington office attended the Enrollment Ceremony at the Capitol where Speaker Pelosi, surrounded by Congressional Leadership, signed the repeal before leading the large crowd in “God Bless America.”  Then, on Wednesday, the JCPA was at the Interior Department for the President’s final signing of the law to allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military.  President Obama welcomed gays and lesbians to military service saying our country needs them and we are honored to have them, adding “We are not a nation that says ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we are a nation that says ‘out of many, one.’” For pictures of the event on Wednesday, click here

Praise for START Agreement with Russia.
  One of the final items on the 111th Congress’s agenda was a vote to ratify the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.  During the Lame Duck session of Congress, the JCPA visited Senate offices and sent letters to the full Senate in support of the ratification of the START Treaty.  The JCPA praised the Senate for its vote, saying that this treaty both brings us closer to “the peace and security that come from a nuclear free world” and improves our “important relationship with Russia, which is vital to stopping the nuclear weapons program in Iran.”  You can read the statement here.
COEJL
New Green House Gas Regulations Expected in 2011.  The EPA last week, as part of their effort to fight global warming, announced that they will begin regulating green house gasses from power plants and oil refineries.  COEJL applauds this effort and has stressed the need to regulate these gasses for the sake of our environment in the past.  The new regulation plan, in addition to a Department of Interior plan to protect more wilderness, is expected to meet stiff resistance from Congressional Republicans when Congress returns in January.  You can read the whole article here
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The JCPA Needs you!  With a nationwide network of JCRCs and Federations and the strength of 14 national Jewish organizations, the JCPA is an effective advocate for the issues that matter. Our annual Leadership Appeal campaign seeks to raise $200,000 in 2010.  We know you care about the JCPA and the work that we do on behalf of the Jewish community here, in Israel and around the world.  Your support is crucial to our success.  To make a gift to the JCPA, please click here.  For more information, contact Max Mulcahy at 212.684.9815 or mmulcahy@thejcpa.org.

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