December 4, 2015

Detroit Membership Meeting with U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters (l to r: Roz Blanck,
Debbie Stabenow, Lisa Lis, Gary Peters)

Talking Points Los Angeles with Donna Crane, Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
(l to r: Co-chair Susan Kurtzman and JAC Membership & Outreach Director Dana Gordon)

Planning has begun on next year's
Power of Women Luncheon.
(l to r: Our co-chairs - Betsy Brint and Sally Higginson)

The Hannukah Song
The Hannukah Song

 From, your friends at JAC

December 10
Hannukah with
Brad Schneider
(Candidate for IL-10) 
Glencoe, IL
7:00 - 8:30 pm

December 17
A Celebration of Families
Hillary & Chelsea Clinton

hosted by
Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman
New York, NY
4:00 pm 

For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]
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Israel & the Middle East
Netanyahu Calls for Changes in UN Voting Patterns on Israel
Want Israel's help on terrorism and technology issues? Change your anti-Israel voting record at the UN says Netanyahu to countries.  
Misreading the Middle East, Again
How the U.S. keeps making three fundamental mistakes regarding Israel and its Arab neighbors, by Dennis Ross. 
Senate Resolution Would Allow States to Sanction Iran 
A resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate would ensure the legal authority of states to enact sanctions against Iran, despite the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers.
How Israel Is Being Framed 
Comparing Gaza to Baltimore or Jerusalem to Ferguson isn't just inaccurate or unfair - it's insulting.
For Israel, Mixed Progress on Arabian Peninsula  
A formal Israeli mission is coming to the UAE - the first on the Arabian peninsula since 2009. 
Anti-Semitism & BDS
The Student Activists Connecting Israel to Campus Rape
The group No Red Tape has conflated sexual assault activism with geopolitics and aligned itself with Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, a staunchly anti-Israel group - effectively politicizing and polarizing anti-sexual violence work on campus.
Academic Israel Boycotts Could Violate the Law
The constitutions of most scholarly associations dedicate them solely to advancing knowledge and research in their field. Such purposes not only fail to authorize boycotts but also exclude them.
Trump Courts Republican Jews with Offensive Stereotypes
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday invoked a series of stereotypes about Jews that are often deemed offensive and even anti-Semitic - in an address to Jewish Republicans.
Reproductive Rights
Senate Passes Obamacare Repeal, Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill, Putting Republicans on Record
Congress approved on Thursday night an Obamacare repeal package that serves as a double-edged sword for Republicans: while a boon to conservative senators running for president, it could jeopardize some of their GOP colleagues running for reelection in swing states in 2016.
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How the PP Attack Could Reverse the Politics of Abortion
On the right, demonizing rhetoric has grown more and more visceral and violent with regard to Planned Parenthood and abortion in general. That Democratic politicians are daring to draw connective lines between Republican language and the violence enacted this weekend represents a bold strategic shift.
Anti-Abortion Extremists Are No Longer on the Margins
They are sitting in Congress. They are running for president.
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They Want to Ban Abortion

'Anti-Abortion Violence' or 'Domestic Terrorism'?
Hours before the attack in Colorado Springs, over 140 groups sent a letter to President Obama asking for an investigation into the surge in attacks and threats to abortion providers, calling the incidents "domestic terrorism." 
Anti-Abortion Groups Target IUD Use
A rapid rise in the number of US women using intrauterine devices has led to attacks from groups that oppose abortion.
Separation of Religion & State
GOP Presidential Candidates Offer Prayers, Not Solutions
Prayers aren't working to end gun violence. But instead of action, Republicans are preaching the power of prayer.
Rubio: 'God's Rules' Trump Supreme Court Decisions
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says religiois believers are called to 'ignore' laws that violate their faith. "So when those two come into conflict, God's rules always win," he added.
Beyond the Core
The New Brady Ad makes it clear to Senators: You are either with the American people or you are with the people intent on doing us harm. And it names NAMES! Watch the powerful ad then TEXT "Enough" to 877-877 and let your Senators know you are watching them!

Senate Blocks Effort to Keep Guns From Terrorists
Senate Republicans on Thursday rejected an amendment to the ObamaCare repeal bill that would have tied it to a separate fight on blocking suspected or known terrorists from being able to buy guns. Senators voted 45-54 on procedural hurdle for the measure from Senator Dianne Feinstein.

10 Things to Know About the Climate Talks in Paris
Leaders from around the world are converging on Paris for the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference. The two-week event is designed to allow countries the chance to come to an agreement on stifling climate change.

Chief of Science Panel Disputes Climate Paper
In Paris, nearly 200 nations are convening to fight climate change. But in Washington, the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology continues to dispute climate science itself.

President Obama's Statement After San Bernardino Shooting

How the Gun Industry has Systematically Demolished Regulators
In a time when it is virtually impossible to keep track of all of the gun deaths, story after story about these incidents notes that nothing is likely to change and that action on gun violence is almost impossible. How did this happen?

Political Byte
John Kasich's Quiet Campaign to Cut Abortion Access
Since entering office in January 2011, John Kasich, Ohio's governor and now a GOP presidential hopeful, has signed every abortion and women's reproductive health provision that has landed on his desk. In four and a half years he has enacted 16 legislative proposals related to family planning funding and abortion access across the state.

Tough Talk and a Cowardly Vote on Terrorism
The evolving situation has forced Republican leaders and presidential candidates to contort themselves: talking tough on terrorism, yet ignoring the fact that the two were armed to the teeth with two .223-caliber assault rifles and two 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistols, and hundreds of rounds, all purchased legally.

Senate Dems Meet with Jewish Leaders, Talk Iran & Refugees
Senate Democrats meeting with Jewish organizational leaders pledged to police the Iran nuclear deal and applauded Jewish backing for resettling Syrian refugees.
House Dems Urge Ryan to Disband Planned Parenthood Panel
Six Democrats wrote a letter to Ryan, R-Wisconsin, saying "In the aftermath of the attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last Friday, we strongly urge you to disband the Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce."
President Obama's Liaison to the American-Jewish Community: We Can Disagree but Respect Each Other's Opinions
I have been fortunate to serve a president who cares deeply about Israel and his relationship with the American-Jewish community. In fact, when it comes to engaging the American-Jewish community, the head of a major Jewish organization that opposed the [Iran] deal told me after the congressional review period ended that the White House did more outreach to the Jewish community in the past year than other White Houses did in the previous 25 years - combined.

King of Spain Honors Sephardic Jews  
Spain's king honored Sephardic Jews at a ceremony recognizing a new law that confers citizenship on the descendants of those banished during the Inquisition.

1000 Rabbis Sign Letter in Support of Welcoming Regugees
The following letter, signed by more than 1000 American Rabbis, was delivered by HIAS to all members of Congress on December 2, 2015.

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Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC maintains an ongoing dialogue with elected officials about our priorities. JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.