Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad last month.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)
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Daybreak: For P.A., Less Money, More Problems

Plus, circumcision initiative may be removed from S.F. ballot, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
July 28, 2011
Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad last month.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• A Palestinian Authority budget crisis is threatening its ability to mount a planned U.N. statehood bid as well as raising the question in others’ minds of whether such a state is viable. [NYT]

• A San Francisco judge is expected to rule today (after a tentative ruling yesterday) that the anti-circumcision initiative may not appear on the city’s ballot in November because the procedure is common medical practice. [JTA]

• Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new Al Qaeda head, praised the Syrian protesters in a new video, despite the fact that Islamism has played little overt role in the uprisings. [AP/WP]

• Two Palestinian families living in Jewish-owned homes in the hotly disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah will get to stay put—for now. [Haaretz]

• Jonathan Mintz and John Feinblatt, this week’s “Huppah Dreams” stars, are profiled by Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni. [NYT]

• In a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Iran accused the Mossad and CIA of paying to have the latest assassinated nuclear scientist killed. [Ynet]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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