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Daybreak: Clinton Demands Pressure on Syria

Plus, IDF wants U.S. equipment, no matzah for Rikers inmate, and more in the news

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Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2011.(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

• U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for international pressure on Syrian president Bashar Assad, urging other countries to speak out against the Syrian regime. [JPost]

• The housing protests in Israel are now addressing disparate wealth distribution in the country, drawing attention to influential Israeli families who control a large sector of the economy. [NYT]

• The IDF is reportedly in talks with the Pentagon to buy equipment that will be retired after a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, specifically Humvee combat vehicles. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are two other likely recipients of U.S. equipment. [JPost]

• A federal court ruled that an inmate at Rikers Island does not have the right to be served matzah and grape juice, daily, while imprisoned for first-degree sodomy. [Jewish Journal]

• Citing a loss of funding and questions of necessity, the Jewish Theater San Francisco, better known as A Traveling Jewish Theater, will close after 35th seasons. [SF Chronicle]

• The graduate school of Jewish studies at Yeshiva University will award its first doctorate in Talmud to a woman. Shana Strauch Schick will graduate in September. [JTA]

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Daybreak: Clinton Demands Pressure on Syria

Plus, IDF wants U.S. equipment, no matzah for Rikers inmate, and more in the news

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