Sundown: Charities Reluctant on Pakistan
Plus those crazy L.A. ‘Persians,’ and more
• Jewish and other charities are responding to the Pakistan flood, but more slowly than they did the Haitian earthquake; some suspect politics have played a role. [Jewish Journal]
• Goldberg v. Lazio on Meet The Press. [Atlantic]
• “It’s a community center. They’re going to have a gym. They’re going to have point guards. Muslim point guards.”—Al Franken [News Desk]
• Speaking of which, shortly after Amar’e, the NBA’s biggest big man is soon to visit Israel. Will we soon welcome Dwight Howard to the Tribe? Would we even want to? [JTA]
• Considering the Cordoba Initiative controversy, Ron Radosh considers not one but two Tablet Magazine articles, and quotes yours truly to boot. [Pajamas Media]
• This article is technically about opulent Persian weddings in L.A., but various hints make it pretty clear who they mean by “Persians.” [LAT]
It’s bad enough that Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Itay Schechter was yellow-carded for pulling a yarmulke out of his sock and putting it on after scoring against Austria’s FC Red Bull Salzburg. Turns out he wasn’t even aware of the anti-Semitic chants the Austrian crowd had offered. In fairness to the Austrian fans though, it must really suck to lose 3-2, at home, in a Champions League qualifying match to a bunch of Jews.
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