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Daybreak: New Mohammad Cartoons Published

Plus Romney on one-state solution and Gilad Shalit’s Rosh Hashanah letter

Adam Chandler
September 19, 2012
Police in Pakistan Block Protestors' Path to U.S. EmbassyGetty
Police in Pakistan Block Protestors' Path to U.S. EmbassyGetty

• Following a French magazine’s publication of a new crop of cartoons that controversially depict the Islamic prophet Mohammad, 20 French embassies and schools have been temporarily closed. Last week’s protests have spread to Afghanistan and Pakistan. [Haaretz]

• Separate explosions, which reportedly targeted the power supplies of Iran’s two main uranium enrichment facilities, took place earlier this week. Iranian officials have called it an act of sabotage. [NYT]

• In Yediot, Gilad Shalit writes movingly about his first Rosh Hashanah since being released from captivity and some of the reactions that Israelis have when they encounter him. [YNet]

• Toby Axelrod writes on the meaning of the ordination of four new rabbis in Germany, an event that took place just before Rosh Hashanah in Cologne, the city where a court banned circumcision. [JTA]

• A video featuring controversial remarks by presidential candidate Mitt Romney that cast doubt on the viability of a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict has gone viral, setting off a wave of criticism. [NYT]

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.