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Sundown: Israel Practices Self-Defense

Madonna the columnist, the Coen Bros., and more

Marc Tracy
July 30, 2009

• Israel published a 160-page report justifying last January’s three-week military incursion into Gaza and reporting the results of several related investigations. The report comes in advance of two United Nations papers on the action that are expected not to be so kind. [JTA]
• Madonna, pop mega-star and Hollywood-style Kabbalist, will publish the first installment of a new column in the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot tomorrow. [NYPost]
• The World Health Organization asserted that Israel’s blockade of Gaza has limited the importation of needed medical supplies. Israel denied the accusation. [Haaretz]
• Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins admitted he “screwed up” the management of the Crown Heights riots of 1991, which pitted African-Americans against Hasidic Jews. It will appear in the first line of his obituary, he said. [Ben Smith]
• The trailer for the Coen Brothers’ new movie, A Serious Man, dropped. Set to premiere in October, it is about a Jewish man in 1967 who consults with rabbis in his quest to become a mensch. [Apple]
• Some guy with a 200mm camera lens took really awesome pictures of Israeli Air Force planes conducting exercises in the Nevada sky. [The Jewish Star]

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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