Hamas Gunmen Killed in Tunnel Clash; Banksy’s Nazi Sells Big

Plus novelist Francesca Segal keeps on winning, and more in the news

By Stephanie Butnick|November 1, 2013 10:53 AM


• Five IDF soldiers were injured, one critically, during a clash in a Hamas underground tunnel that killed four Hamas gunmen. [Times of Israel [1]]

• The California teen who shot and killed his neo-Nazi when he was 10 has been sentenced to seven years in juvenile detention. [Huffington Post [2]]

• Street artist Banksy’s painting of a Nazi [3], called “The Banality of the Banality of Evil,” sold for $615,000 in an online auction benefitting the organization Housing Works. (Though as one of our readers pointed out [4], the Nazi’s armband is on the wrong side). [Bloomberg [5]]

• A Toronto couple, both Holocaust survivors, jumped to their deaths from the balcony of their 18th-floor apartment, a disturbing tragedy that’s being called a suicide pact. [JTA [7]]

• Hasidic-born comedian Moshe Kasher, who detailed [8] a childhood of drug use and institutionalization his in his memoir Kasher in the Rye, is creating and starring in a half-hour autobiographical TV series for Showtime. [Deadline [9]]

• Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature winner [10] Francesca Segal, whose novel The Innocents reimagines [11] Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence in a modern-day Jewish community in London, can add yet another plaudit to her name—she won Hadassah Magazine’s Harold U. Ribalow Prize. [Shelf Awareness [12]]

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