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Sundown: Solar-Powered Peace

An uncommon rite, bubbly’s back, and Obama’s image

by
Hadara Graubart
October 09, 2009

• A group of pro-peace Israeli scientists and activists called Comet-ME has brought solar panels and wind turbines to a Palestinian village left off the power grid. [AP]
• 62-year-old Brooklyn seltzer delivery man Ronny Beberman, in a full neck and back brace after falling off his truck, is back on his route with the help of a driver, to the joy of his clients: “I don’t know if they’re happy that I’m back, or my seltzer.” [NYT]
• An Israeli source says he was “stunned by the level of anger” among Democratic congressmen in the U.S. “over attempts to portray Obama to the American public as an enemy of Israel because of his efforts to restart peace talks and freeze settlement construction.” Such critics may or may not be chastened by the POTUS’s shiny new Nobel Peace Prize. [Haaretz]
• Disabled New Jersey 13-year-old Sydney Forman, who is non-verbal, will have her Bat Mitzvah aided by a communication device. [Jewish Community Voice]

Hadara Graubart was formerly a writer and editor for Tablet Magazine.

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