The United States decision to freeze military and economic aid to Egypt in the wake of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood came despite intense Israeli lobbying to maintain it. Israel fears that cutting aid to Egypt could affect the peace treaty between the two countries, signed in 1979, which brought Cairo into Washington's sphere of influence.
High-ranking British and French diplomats told their Israeli counterparts that they did not rule out the possibility of reaching an interim agreement with Tehran that would ease some of the international sanctions, in exchange for significant restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment and increased monitoring of its nuclear facilities. The British and French officials told their Israeli counterparts that they disagreed with Jerusalem's argument that any letup of the sanctions would lead to a breakdown of the entire sanctions mechanism.
Three vehicles were set on fire and a mosque was defaced in the West Bank village of Burqa in a suspected "price tag" attack against Palestinians and their property, only hours after the attack on Jalud school and olive groves. The inscription "Redemption of Zion loves Tomer Hazan," referring to the IDF soldier who was murdered in the West Bank city of Qalqilyah last month, was graffitied on the walls of the village mosque.
Ultra-Orthodox law student Ruth Kolian submitted a petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice, demanding that state funding be denied to political parties that exclude female candidates. Kolian writes in her petition that these ultra-Orthodox parties - namely Shas, Degel Hatorah, Agudat Yisrael and Tov – violate the principle of equality and women's rights, including the right of free expression.
Last week, Malka Schaps was appointed dean of Bar Ilan's faculty of exact sciences, becoming the first ultra-Orthodox woman in Israel to serve as dean at a major university. Schaps, a world-renowned professor of mathematics and a grandmother of 17, has made a habit of pushing the envelope, though not all her friends know it.
The city of Brussels will name part of its iconic Atomium – a molecule-shaped, 330-foot structure made up of nine metallic spheres – after Francois Englert, the Belgian Jew who won the Nobel Prize in physic earlier this week.
"Diversity Destroyed: The Portrait Exhibition" is part of a year-long German festival that has set out to reveal the cultural diversity of early-1930s Berlin, and all that the city lost to the Nazis. The city-wide project commemorates more than 200 of Berlin's cultural, political and professional figures who fell victim to the Nazi regime.
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