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Sundown: Iran Trumps Settlements

Plus Mormons are the new Jews, Avodah goes to Israel, and more

Marc Tracy
February 23, 2012

• The Iran issue has shunted the settlements issue to a very far back back-burner. But that doesn’t mean it no longer matters. [Haaretz]

• This headline has the best pun in world history. Trust me on this. [Daily Mail]

• Jew-spotting, meet Mormon-spotting. [Gawker]

• After much internal wrangling, the Jewish anti-poverty group Avodah’s trip to Israel will include a visit to the West Bank and a meeting with anti-occupation activists. [Forward]

• An excellent review traces how and why the great Jewish leftist I.F. Stone moved from a bi-nationalist to, in effect, a Zionist. [TNR The Book]

• A U.S. congressman has come under fire for employing an Orthodox man who is refusing his wife a get. When you think about it, “get” is somewhat onomatopoetic, no? []

Pleased to say I saw this in person last night.

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