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IDF Leaves Philippines; ‘Knockout’ Fears Spread

Plus 10,000-year-old structure found near Jerusalem, and more in the news

by
Stephanie Butnick
November 25, 2013
Residents walk past debris of destroyed houses in Palo, Leyte province, on November 25, 2013.(NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents walk past debris of destroyed houses in Palo, Leyte province, on November 25, 2013.(NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

• Worry over the rising trend of ‘knockout’ attacks in Brooklyn, N.Y. mixes with fears among the Jewish community that they are being specifically targeted. [NYT]

• The 148-person Israel Defense Forces emergency medical team has left the Philippines after 11 days of typhoon relief. [JTA]

• An archeological dig preceding construction on a planned expansion of Route 38 near Jerusalem has led to the discovery and excavation of a 10,000-year-old house. [Times of Israel]

• A Norwegian official said Jews and Muslims circumcise their children out of ignorance, and would stop the practice if they knew the pain and risk involved. [Haaretz]

• Shelly Yacimovich lost last week’s Labor party elections to Isaac Herzog, but she has announced plans to stay in politics. [Jerusalem Post]

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