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Medicaid

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  • Posted on February 24, 2005

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  • Healthcare

Since biblical times, Jewish tradition finds a profound value in the preservation of health and life of all individuals. We recognize that to save a life is as if to save an entire world.  For decades, the JCPA has been dedicated to improving the American healthcare system and Medicaid in particular.  Medicaid is our nation’s…



ECONOMIC SANCTIONS INCLUDING DIVESTMENT AS OBSTACLES TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF MIDDLE EAST PEACE

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  The Jewish community is deeply committed to alleviating the suffering of all people and we support efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  We seek a solution that will allow both peoples to live in peace and dignity and to fulfill the hopes and the aspirations of the Israeli and…



OPPORTUNITY FOR PROGRESS IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS

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Background Recent developments — particularly the recent Summit in Sharm el-Sheik at which Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the newly elected leader of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas declared a cessation of violence — are cause for cautious optimism as Israel continues its longstanding search for security and peace with its neighbors.  The death…



Iran

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Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran’s leaders have viewed the United States and Israel as enemies and have provided extensive financing, training and overall support to terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, and Islamic Jihad.  For many years, Iran has been developing nuclear projects, raising the fear that these could be converted into…



Court Stripping

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  Members of Congress have periodically sought to remove jurisdiction and discretion from the federal courts after unpopular rulings on issues such as school desegregation, the draft, Miranda warnings, school prayer, and abortion.  This trend towards attempting to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction has continued with the introduction of legislations that would deny the…



Therapeutic Cloning Research, Jewish Tradition and Public Policy

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  • Posted on February 24, 2005

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  • Healthcare

  In light of debate within American society on the topic of stem cell research, the JCPA adopted a resolution on therapeutic cloning research in 2004.  The following clarifies the scientific content of that policy’s action recommendations:   The community relations field should: Support: Research using embryonic stem cells including those developed through Somatic Cell…



CELEBRATION OF  350 YEARS OF JEWISH LIFE IN AMERICA

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  • Posted on September 24, 2004

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  • Domestic Policy

September 2004 will mark the 350th anniversary of Jewish communal settlement in North America. In September 1654, a boatload of impoverished Jews expelled from Recife, Brazil, landed on the shores of New Amsterdam seeking refuge. They wrote the first page of an extraordinary new chapter in the annals of the Jewish people. Since that time,…



International Debt Cancellation

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The JCPA’s 2001 “Commitment to Africa” resolution included support for international debt relief as a means of supporting responsible economic development.  The world’s poorest countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America continue to spend nearly $2 billion annually in debt service payments, crippling their ability to provide education, health care, and other essential services to…



JEWS IN VENEZUELA

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

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  • World Jewry

Eleven years ago, the first major terrorist attack on the Western Hemisphere, took place when the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was destroyed by a car bomb, killing 29 people and wounding more than 200.  Two years later, a similar attack in Buenos Aires destroyed the headquarters of the Argentine Mutual Aid Association (AMIA), killing…



DEFENDING THE RIGHT TO FORM UNIONS AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

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  • Labor

In the wake of World War II, on December 10, 1948 delegates of the newly-formed United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Declaration is a central document of the modern human rights movement. The Declaration sets forth inalienable economic, social, civil and political rights of every individual, no matter where he or…