Rep. Shelley Berkley in January.(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Sundown: French Envoy Dismissed Over Stance

Plus oh Shelley Berkley, the BBC, and more

by
Marc Tracy
September 06, 2011
Rep. Shelley Berkley in January.(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

• France’s special envoy to the Middle East, a Jewish woman named Valerie Hoffenberg who has been an American Jewish Committee member, was dismissed, apparently for coming out against the Palestinians’ move for unilateral statehood. [JPost]

• For the first time, a submarine will have a fully deployable Torah. [Ynet/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Reporting implies that Rep. Shelley Berkley, Democrat from Las Vegas and Tablet Magazine profile subject, supported policies that benefited her husband’s business interests. [NYT]

• Roger Cohen gets hopeless romantic about the Jews (in a sweeter way than other times). [NYT]

• The last traces of the last Jews of … Lviv, Ukraine! [Guardian]

• A performance by the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra on the BBC had to be turned off early when the performers were drowned out by pro-Palestinian hecklers. [Telegraph]

The two-thirds Jewish band from the 1980s Jane’s Addiction played Tel Aviv. Here is one of their songs, also from the 1980s. I guess this means the 1980s weren’t all bad?

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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