• Syrian authorities open fired on protesters in several cities across the country. [WP]
• What the Assad regime is up against. [Slate]
• There were also somewhat-violent clashes in Amman. [AP/WP]
• For the first time, Israel deployed its “Iron Dome” missile-defense apparatus to combat the rocket threat from Gaza. [AP/WP]
• This Anthony Weiner/Rachel from Glee “Separated at Birth” is pretty great. [Buzzfeed]
• AIPAC apologized for trying to raise money off of the Jerusalem bomb. [JTA]
• Who says Israel can’t compete on the international stage? A women’s club basketball team defeated a French one to win a European trophy. [Haaretz]
• Meet the newest members of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Special D.C. shout-out to the late, great Abe Pollin. [Kaplan’s Korner]
• A beloved, Palestinian-owned bookstore in Jerusalem is imperiled. Great story. [Book Bench]
• For the first time, the U.N. Human Rights Council appointed an Israeli (a British-Israeli, technically) to one of its working groups. [JPost]
• New book forthcoming from Maurice Sendak! [WSJ]
• We definitely needed yet another article about Miral. [NYT]
There’s a galley of John Lennon and the Jews on my desk.
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.