• Boris Shpigel, president of the World Congress of Russian-speaking Jewry and a member of the Russian parliament, has vowed to pay the legal bills for Israeli soldiers being charged with war crimes. [JPost]
• A small cross on government land in California has spurred a court case and a debate. It may not seem like a big deal, but, says one attorney: “Religious liberty is, in part, about protecting all the touchy people.” [NPR]
• Israeli scientist Ada Yonath is the fourth woman in history to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. [Haaretz]
• A look at what sanctions against Iran would actually mean. [JTA]