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Sundown: Is Grapel the New Shalit?

Plus all apologies to Egypt, Schultz backs OWS, and more

Marc Tracy
October 11, 2011
Ilan Grapel.(Facebook)
Ilan Grapel.(Facebook)

• According to an Egyptian newspaper, Ilan Grapel, the Israeli-American law student being held there as a spy, will soon face new charges. [Ynet]

• Iran’s official news agency denied its alleged link to the planned terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., revealed today. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

• After a formal probe, Defense Minister Barak formally apologized to Egypt for the deaths of several policemen which Israel mistakenly believed to be terrorists. [Ynet]

• Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, praised Occupy Wall Street in Boston today. [Boston Globe The Angle]

• Michael Douglas as Liberace, directed by Steven Soderbergh. [NYT ArtsBeat]

• Some lady is suing Drive for being anti-Semitic (the gangsters, one of them played by Albert Brooks, are Jewish) and for false advertising. Her lawsuit complains, that there is “very little driving in the motion picture,” which, in addition to being a ludicrous thing to sue somebody over, isn’t even true. [JTA]

Today is National Coming Out Day. And in not-actually-related news, Liza Minelli is visiting Israel next month to attend a premiere of Cabaret.

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