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Sundown: DA Requests Judge Drop DSK Case

Plus, Abbas delays elections (again), BHL’s best week ever, and more

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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn (right) and his wife Anne Sinclair leave a hearing where he was released on his own recognizance at New York State Supreme Court on July 1, 2011 in New York City.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

• Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has filed papers asking the judge to dismiss the rape and assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and drop the case. [City Room]

• Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has delayed local elections for the third time. The elections, which were first supposed to take place July 2010, have no scheduled date yet. [Ynet]

Foreign Policy checks in on Bernard Henri Lévy, who, for what its worth, might just be having the best week ever. [Foreign Policy]

• Jewish parents are foregoing the traditional bris, electing instead to hold what are called peaceful convenant ceremonies. Parental testimony abounds. [Salem-News]

• Joshua Cohen reviews Hungarian Péter Nádas’ latest work, Parallel Stories—which, at 1,000 pages, Cohen calls an ungodly work “not just aware of but positively evangelical about its own timelessness.” [NYMag]

• Jewish leaders in Berlin have asked local metal dealers to look out for suspicious wrought iron objects after vandals struck the Weissensee Cemetery, stealing $16,000 worth of items and damaging 16 gravesites at Europe’s largest Jewish cemetery. [Jewish Journal]

• A new documentary spotlights Hans Litten, the principled Jewish lawyer who drew charges against Hitler in 1931, questioned him brilliantly on the witness stand, and completely ticked him off. [BBC]

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” Jewish parents are foregoing the traditional bris, electing instead to hold what are called peaceful convenient ceremonies. Parental testimony abounds”

Spell check strikes again. I’m sure they are more “convenient” for parents, but I’m sure in this context you meant “covenant”?

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