Gilad Shalit arrives home.(IDF via Getty Images)
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Sundown: Not Just a Poor Soldier

Paul and Le Pen, Downey stands up for Mel, and more

Marc Tracy
October 18, 2011
Gilad Shalit arrives home.(IDF via Getty Images)

• A gorgeous reaction to the news of the day. [+972]

• Daniel Schechtman, a newly crowned Nobel laureate (for chemistry), has invited Gilad Shalit to join him at the ceremony in Oslo. [Jewish Chronicle]

• The late Juliano Mer-Khamis‘ Freedom Theatre takes its talents to New York City. [NYT]

Marine Le Pen and Ron Paul, two peas in a pod. Hrmm. [Ben Smith]

• A profile of Gershom Baskin, the man behind the man behind the negotiations, by Tablet Magazine contributor Daniel Estrin. [PRI’s The World]

• At a film industry gathering, Robert Downey, Jr., asked everyone to forgive Mel Gibson. I hope he was booed. [JTA]

• Our art critic Robin Cembalest will be speaking this Saturday at the D.C. JCC. [D.C. JCC]

Most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters actively dislike the anti-Semities associating themselves with the movement. Repeat after me: “This asshole does not represent us.”

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