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Abbas Wants Timetable For Palestinian Statehood

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations on Wednesday to pursue efforts to “bring an end to Israeli occupation of the state of Palestine within a set timeframe.”

Abbas, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, warned that if the two-state solution were to be destroyed, Palestinians would have no choice but to “continue the struggle and demand full rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine.”

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Why Did This Hip-hop DJ Get An Anne Frank Face Tattoo?

A young Los Angels hip-hop producer named Louis Gutierrez is showing off his new tattoo — a large portrait of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, dramatically covering half his face.

Gutierrez, who goes by the stage name ArnoldisDead, sparked some controversy with the move, The Jerusalem Post reported. But in an interview with a Vice journalist, Gutierrez explained that he meant well — and that it was an appreciation for Jewish history that led him to get the tattoo.

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“There are people in history that didn’t have the power to control, to actually do things that they wanted to do with their lives,” Guiterrz said. “To be stuck in, like, a house, and end up dying and sh*t, dude I’m dying to make music. That’s the way I look at it. It’s very black and white.”

The 21-year-old said he remembers learning about the Holocaust in school. “Seeing like Jewish people come in, in my own classroom and seeing them talk about the Holocaust, like survivors… always stuck to me personally,” he said.

Contact Sam Kestenbaum at kestenbaum@forward.com or on Twitter, @skestenbaum

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Prosecutors Want ‘Sext’ Freak Anthony Weiner Behind Bars For 2 Years

U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday sought a prison sentence of 21 to 27 months for former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl in a “sexting” scandal that played a role in last year’s U.S. presidential election.

“Weiner, a grown man, a father, and a former lawmaker, willfully and knowingly asked a 15-year-old girl to display her body and engage in sexually explicit conduct for him online,” prosecutors said in a filing in Manhattan federal court. “Such conduct warrants a meaningful sentence of incarceration.”

A lawyer for Weiner, who is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote next Monday, could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a court filing last week, Weiner’s lawyers asked that he be sentenced to probation with no prison time, saying he acted out of the “depths of an uncontrolled sickness” for which he was now being treated.

Weiner, 53, pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor.

The investigation into Weiner’s exchanges with the teenage girl roiled the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in its final days, when authorities found emails on Weiner’s laptop from his wife Huma Abedin, an aid to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Abedin has filed for divorce.

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Monster Hurricane Maria Strikes Puerto Rico — Rosh Hashanah Services Cancelled

(JTA) — Puerto Rico’s three synagogues closed for Rosh Hashanah as Hurricane Maria pummeled the island.

The synagogues, all in San Juan, canceled Wednesday evening services for the Jewish New Year and urged members to stay home, according to The Times of Israel.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning after causing widespread destruction on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica. In Puerto Rico, which has 3.3 million residents, power outages were expected as strong winds ripped trees out of the ground

Leaders of the Jewish community, which numbers around 2,000, said there was no choice but to cancel the Rosh Hashanah services.

Diego Mandelbaum, a leader at Shaare Zedek, a Conservative congregation and Puerto Rico’s largest synagogue, told The Times of Israel: “This is a situation that speaks for itself. This isn’t even a decision, it’s an impossibility.”

Yadhira Ramirez Toro, a leader at the Reform Temple Beth Shalom, said people had been urged to stay home.

“Nobody’s supposed to leave their houses,” Toro told The Times of Israel.

Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Irma earlier this month, which led to widespread power outages on the island.

Rabbi Mendel Zarchi, who runs a Chabad house in the San Juan suburb of Isla Verde, was using his synagogue to provide shelter for people in need. The synagogue was built to be able to withstand a hurricane.

Apparently, Benjamin Netanyahu Has A Thing For Masks

Benjamin Netanyahu has attended two showings this week of a theater performance that requires audience members to wear creepy masks, Page Six reported. The Israeli prime minister, in town for the UN General Assembly, seems to have a predilection for immersive theater productions put on by the McKittrick Hotel, which include the show “Sleep No More.”

Netanyahu attended a performance of that show last year as well, according to Page Six. One anonymous audience member told Page Six that Netanyahu “was seen running around … with a frantic energy” and “diverting his security detail as he got caught up in the show … becoming an anonymous audience member behind the signature mask.”

At this week’s performances over 80 security personnel were on hand to attend to the prime minister — a mix of US and Israeli agents.

At dinner after the show, the prime minister apparently rubbed shoulders with surf-rocker Jack Johnson.

Contact Ari Feldman at feldman@forward.com or on Twitter @aefeldman.

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