Sundown: Syria’s Horror Show
Plus another explosion in Iran, Barney be-gone, and more
• A U.N. Human Rights Council-commissioned report found that Syria’s army has killed 3500 and committed grisly crimes against humanity. [WP]
• There are reports of a big blast near Isfahan, Iran, where the Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment plant is. Asked for comment, Israeli officials put their hands behind their backs, looked upwards, and whistled. [Ynet]
• President Shimon Peres traveled to Amman for some diplomacy during tense times—a sign of Jordan’s continuing centrality to the region. [WP]
• Stay classy! Israel has apologized for the apparently grotesque treatment of a pregnant American freelance photographer on assignment for the New York Times. Against her request, they made her go through an X-Ray machine—three times—and then subjected her to a strip search. [WP]
• Rep. Barney Frank, a Democratic congressman from Massachusetts for more than three decades and one of the Jewiest during that span, announced he will not seek re-election. Tired? More time with family? Actually, re-districting. [WP]
• Gershom Gorenberg explains how the inequality of the occupation cannot help but bleed into Israel proper, where it results in discrimination and attacks against Arab Israelis. [NYT]
Anne Hathaway is engaged to an actor and “jewelry designer” named Adam Shulman. One only assumes. Anyway, this is my second-favorite scene with her:
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.