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Constitutional Freedoms in the Age of Cybertechnology

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Introduction:  The issue of hate crimes and the internet was selected in February 2000 for an in-depth JCPA review because it juxtaposes two central interests of the Jewish community: our interest in combating anti-Semitism, hate speech and violence; and our strong commitment to free speech, individual rights and privacy.  Between February 2000 and June 2001,…



Civil Liberties Issues Raised by War on Terrorism

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    The events of September 11th shocked our nation and shattered our sense of security.  Americans learned that day that terrorism is not a threat distant in time or place, but a present reality.    As Jews, we understand the need to combat terrorism aggressively and to provide law enforcement with the tools to…



Campus Pro-Israel Activism

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After the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising in September 2000, and in the midst of the continuing Arab/Israeli conflict and the dramatic setbacks in the Oslo peace process, anti-Israel advocates on the nation’s campuses greatly intensified their anti-Israel efforts. These activities have included anti-Israel protests, the launching of a nation-wide campaign to convince universities…



Solidarity with the Jewish Community in Argentina

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  • Posted on February 17, 2002

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  • World Jewry

 Following months of spontaneous protests and political unrest, including the resignation of two Presidents within a short period of time, Eduardo Duhalde was sworn in as the leader of Argentina on January 1, 2002.  On January 7, the Argentine Congress officially ended the country’s peg of the peso to the U.S. dollar, allowing the government…



The Death Penalty

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • Criminal Justice

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) historically has stood in opposition to the death penalty and, in February 2000, joined the American Bar Association’s call for a death penalty moratorium until issues of fairness, impartiality, and the risk of error are resolved. That call was spurred by new information about the likelihood that wrongfully…



Sweatshops and Child Labor

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  Responding to the ethical imperative to respect and protect the basic rights of working men and women, and noting the experience of our immigrant forebears as sweatshop laborers, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) reaffirms its commitment to safe, decent, secure working conditions and to the campaign to eliminate sweatshops and end exploitative…



Race and Criminal Justice

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • Criminal Justice

PREAMBLE: Recognizing the responsibility of government at all levels to act forcefully to prevent crime, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) historically has advocated crime fighting strategies that include both strict enforcement measures and intervention initiatives designed to prevent violence (JCPA Policy on Crime and Violence adopted June, 1995). In recent years, we have…



Long Term Care and Supportive Services for the Elderly

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • Healthcare

PREAMBLE: As our population ages, the need for a comprehensive system of affordable, quality long-term care services (herein after “long term care”) and for innovative, cost-effective ways to provide these services grows more acute. Jewish values teach us that older people deserve deference and respect. According to Rabbi Issi ben Yehuda, we are obligated to…



Calling for Continuing Support by American Jews of Jewish-Arab Co-existence Projects in Israel

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • Israeli Domestic Concerns

In the wake of the Palestinian violence which erupted in September, 2000, and spread among Israel’s Arab citizens, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) calls for continuing support by the organized Jewish community for coexistence projects in Israel designed to improve relationships between Israeli Jews and Arabs.   Nearly twenty percent of the total…



Israel and the Peace Process

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) pledges to reinvigorate its solidarity with and action on behalf of Israel. As with all of his predecessors, we express support for Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon’s search for a secure and lasting peace in the Middle East. We also deeply appreciate Prime Minster Ehud Barak’s contributions over many…