"I was in demonstrations abroad. I was arrested in England and it was really a pleasure. The policemen were sweet, polite. They didn't leave us outside in the cold and they didn't try to interrogate us without a lawyer. In Israel, we are like Arabs, considered part of them, fair game - unlike the right-wingers..."--Sharon Casper, a member of the 'Yasamba' drumming left-wing activist group.
- Palestinians brace for repercussions over UN statehood bid - A senior Palestinian official says Abbas leaning toward waiting until after the U.S. vote, in line with a U.S. request, to avoid further strain to his relationship with the Obama administration. (Haaretz)
- Palestinian women rally against domestic violence - Bethlehem women hold silent march in protest of disconcerting growth in spousal abuse, 'honor killings.' (Ynet)
- Israel's social protest join forces with IDF draft movement - Organizers, who expect thousands to attend the event outside the Tel Aviv Museum, say rally will determine the protest's future. (Haaretz)
- IDF eases female soldiers' path to combat units - Drop in number of women seeking to join combat units leads IDF to test waters with new admission process; cancels special prep courses. (Ynet)
- Jerusalem holds gay pride parade - Thousands gather to mark 10th annual LGBT celebration in capital city. Hundreds of police officers and Border Guard officers are securing crowds. (Ynet)
- Report: Sanctions cost Iran $133M a day - West's oil embargo, financial restrictions imposed on banking system are sinking their teeth into Tehran's economy. (Agencies, Ynet)
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