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El Al Discrimination Charges; Scalia Loves The Soup Nazi

Plus Israel rules prostitution earnings can be taxed, and more in the news

by
Stephanie Butnick
October 07, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia takes part in an interview with Chris Wallace on 'FOX News Sunday' on July 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.(Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia takes part in an interview with Chris Wallace on ‘FOX News Sunday’ on July 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.(Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

• A Tel Aviv District Court ruled that money earned through prostitution can be taxed. Worth a reread: Tal Miller’s excellent profile of Angelique Sabag Gautiller, Israel’s first female pimp, which also describes Israel’s increasingly exported prostitution industry. [Haaretz]

• According to the Institute for Human Rights, a Dutch government watchdog, El Al agents racially profiled dark-skinned passengers in the Netherlands. [El Al]

• In news that should surprise no one and frighten everyone, Russia plans to monitor all communications of visiting athletes and visitors during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. [Guardian]

• Antonin Scalia loves the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld, and other things we learned in this profile of the 77-year-old Supreme Court justice. [NYMag]

• How Howard Stern’s radio show—and the shock jock’s storytelling skills—inspired a writer. [NYT]

• This week’s Shouts & Murmers details what happens when Pope Francis, a fan of calling his faithful on the phone, gets Muriel Kesselman of Long Island on the line. [New Yorker]

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.