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Pope and Rabbi Planning Joint Pilgrimage

"... if you observe American Jews, you know full well that young American Jews are much less disposed to tolerate the cognitive dissonance that results from the clash between their values and some Israeli policies."—Americans for Peace Now spokesman, Ori Nir, analyzes recent polls showing a new American Jewish generation that is alienated from an intransigent Israel

  • West Bank village inhabited for 3,000 years faces eviction - The High Court prepares to hand down a ruling that will seal the fate of the 130 residents of the village of Zanuta, an archaeological site in the West Bank. (Haaretz+)
  • PM nixes controversial bill applying Israeli labor laws to West Bank women - Bill that would have applied Israeli law protecting pregnant women to Palestinians as well as settlers could have been interpreted as annexation, critics warned; military order issued instead. (Haaretz+)
  • Two Palestinians confess to murdering retired Israeli colonel - Seraiah Ofer was bludgeoned to death by his home in the Jordan Valley (West Bank); Three arrested, one not identified, motive still unclear. (Haaretz+,Ynet+PHOTOS and Maan)
  • Tennis: Tunisian ordered not to play Israeli - Israel's Amir Weintraub advances to semifinals of Tashkent tournament after Malek Jaziri instructed to withdraw from match by Tunisia's tennis federation. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Pope sets March date for joint pilgrimage with rabbi - Planned visit with friend, the Argentine rabbi and biophysicist Abraham Skorka, is to bring message of reconciliation, says Channel 2. (Haaretz)
  • Lebanese director risks jail to film in Israel - Describing production of his award-winning movie 'The Attack' in Jewish state as 'crazy trip,' Ziad Doueiri says it still bothers him movie has been banned in Arab world. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Egypt not expected to be hit hard by U.S. aid cuts - The U.S. State Department did not say how much of the $1.5 billion in annual military and economic aid to Egypt will be affected; spare parts from U.S. manufacturers will continue to be delivered. (Agencies, Haaretz)

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