Sundown: Abbas Says He Fears Israeli Assassination
Plus happy 100th to a New York knishery, and more
• Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an Egyptian news agency that Israel killed Yasser Arafat, and he is worried he will meet the same fate. [Arutz Sheva]
• Legendary Lower East Side knishery Yonah Schimmel’s celebrated its 100th anniversary. [City Room]
• Hamas asked Egypt to stop building an underground wall along its border with Gaza. The wall is intended to slow smuggling. [Ynet]
• A (apparently non-Jewish) Labour member of Britain’s House of Lords announced that the nation’s Jewish community feels “under constant attack.” He pointed to a recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]
• Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni said that Turkey, with which Israel is on icy terms, must choose between moderation and Islamic fundamentalism. [JPost]
• Speaking of which, one Turkish human rights group announced plans to try to lodge war-crimes charges in its country against Israeli Defense Minister (and former Prime Minister) Ehud Barak. [Haaretz]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.