Design for Italy's Holocaust Museum(Rome City Government)

• During his confirmation hearing, Senator John Kerry who is expected to pass through the nomination process for his appointment as Secretary of State, emphasized restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and stopping Iran among his top priorities. [BBC]

• The Hamas military training high school program graduated its inaugural class in Gaza this week. The program, a weekly elective for Gaza students, had 3,600 participants. [AP]

• Could the strength of Italian bureaucracy possibly have been a match for Italian fascism? Planners of the Italian Holocaust Museum might think so. JTA takes a look at the $30 million project, which has already taken seven years to start and is expected to take another four years to finish. [JTA]

• Jesse David Fox takes a look at the HBO show Girls, asking residents in the main character’s neighborhood in Brooklyn what they think of the show. [NYMag]

• This cat-related ‘Letter to the Editor’ has got to be one of the best ever posted by the Sunday Times Book Review. [NYT]