Daybreak: For P.A., Less Money, More Problems
Plus, circumcision initiative may be removed from S.F. ballot, and more in the news
• A Palestinian Authority budget crisis is threatening its ability to mount a planned U.N. statehood bid as well as raising the question in others’ minds of whether such a state is viable. [NYT]
• A San Francisco judge is expected to rule today (after a tentative ruling yesterday) that the anti-circumcision initiative may not appear on the city’s ballot in November because the procedure is common medical practice. [JTA]
• Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new Al Qaeda head, praised the Syrian protesters in a new video, despite the fact that Islamism has played little overt role in the uprisings. [AP/WP]
• Two Palestinian families living in Jewish-owned homes in the hotly disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah will get to stay put—for now. [Haaretz]
• In a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Iran accused the Mossad and CIA of paying to have the latest assassinated nuclear scientist killed. [Ynet]
Plus, Abbas calls for popular protests, Mardy Fish on top, and more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.