A Syrian tank on a residential street in Homs.(Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

• Following the end of the holy month of Ramadan, it was back to the streets for the Syrian protesters. [NYT]

• Lebanon joined Syria in rebuking the Arab League’s call last week for the Assad regime to end violence against protesters. Probably because Lebanon is run by Hezbollah now. [DPA/Haaretz]

• A new bill in Congress would halt U.S. funding for any U.N. entity that supports Palestinian statehood. The administration opposes the bill on the grounds that it will decrease the United States’ ability to influence policy there. [Haaretz]

• The IDF is reinforcing its border defenses and forces in the south in anticipation of another terrorist attack emanating from Gaza and/or Sinai. [Haaretz]

• Rep. Michelle Bachmann kibitzed with several Orthodox rabbis in New York yesterday. [NY Post/Forward]

• Gaza residents with scholarships to study abroad are prevented—by Hamas—from leaving. [Al-Jazeera]