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Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad last month.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• 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]

• Jonathan Mintz and John Feinblatt, this week’s “Huppah Dreams” stars, are profiled by Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni. [NYT]

• 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]





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