• Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz wants solely Hebrew place-names—Yerushalayim, Natzrat (Nazareth), Kesariya (Caeserea)—to appear on road signs, rather than the current Hebrew, Arabic, and English. An op-ed opposes this, noting that one in five Israeli citizens are Arabs who call Jerusalem, for example, “al-Quds.” [IHT]
• Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who has been accused of cultivating a climate hostile to Jews, told a French newspaper that Israel is “openly” killing Palestinians, and asked, “Do you remember the last Israeli aggression against Gaza? What is that about, if not genocide?” [JTA]
• United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon criticized the announced construction of new houses in West Bank settlements: “Such actions and all settlement activity are contrary to international law and the roadmap.” [Ynet]
• Drake is a rising hip-hop star out of Toronto. He has guested on tracks with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and others. His album, on Lil’ Wayne’s label, is due out next year. Oh, and he’s Jewish. [Jewish Week]
• Britain appointed a rabbi as its first-ever Jewish military chaplain. An estimated 200 British soldiers are Jews. [Ynet]
• Please don’t forget to call Tablet’s special atonement hotline—718-360-4836—to tell us (anonymously, of course) what you will be repenting for on this Yom Kippur. We can’t forgive you, but we can make repenting more fun. [Tablet]