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Daybreak: Ramadan Will Heat Up Syria

Plus, Kabbalah guru killed, circumcision ban rolled back, and more in the news

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Syrians protesting last Friday in Hama after prayers.(-/AFP/Getty Images)

• Syrians are looking to harness the religious rhythms of Ramadan—in which the fast is broken at the end of every day—to better organize protests against the regime. [NYT]

• The grandson of the sage Baba Sali and a rabbi considered a Kabbalah expert in his own right was murdered, stabbed, at his yeshiva in Israel. He was 70. A suspect is in custody. [Haaretz]

• Ahmad Tibi, the Knesset’s deputy speaker and likely the most prominent Israeli Arab politician, calls for a boycott of all companies aiding the settlement enterprise and decries the anti-boycott law. [IHT]

• A judge removed the circumcision initiative from the San Francisco ballot, and appeal may be prohibitive. [Ynet]

• Of course, in the Bay Area, many including Jews are rethinking the practice nonetheless. (Hint: that’s how it’s supposed to happen, not with coercive laws imposing norms.) [NYT]

• The latest Facebook revolution? It’s in Israel. [Haaretz]

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jacob arnon says:

It’s ridiculous to compare “Arab Spring” so called to a housing demonstration in a country where demonstrations are legal.

Matthew says:


Your alluded position against “coercive laws imposing norms” seems extremely overbroad. Isn’t that how many social norms are created (see, e.g., Civil Rights Act, same sex marriage)? Your issue shouldn’t be an opponent’s usage of statute to create norms but the merits of the proposed law itself.

Matthew, I don’t think your analogy is apt. The Civil Rights Act and similar laws PROHIBITED discrimination. The circumcision ban would CREATE a legal discrimination (except that it would be unconstitutional, but that’s another story).


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Daybreak: Ramadan Will Heat Up Syria

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