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Egyptian rips down Israeli flag; gets reward

JERUSALEM – The Egyptian man who ripped down the Israeli flag from the embassy in Cairo has been rewarded for his act. Ahmad al-Shahat climbed up the side of the 22-story building to the cheers of anti-Israel demonstrators and ripped down the flag, two days after several Egyptian border guards were killed in fighting between Israeli troops and terrorists following a coordinated attack on civilian vehicles near Eilat on Aug. 18. He reportedly has been given a new home and new job by an Egyptian provincial governor, Reuters reported.

Israeli officials have apologized for the accidental killing of the Egyptian troops, which Egypt has said is not enough.

Rabbi arrested on fraud charges

NEW YORK – Menachem Youlus, a rabbi who claimed that he rescued Torah scrolls lost during the Holocaust, was arrested on fraud charges and accused of fabricating the stories.

Youlus, the founder of Save a Torah, was arrested Aug. 24, accused by federal prosecutors with mail fraud, wire fraud and embezzling money from his charity for personal use.

“Menachem Youlus called himself the ‘Jewish Indiana Jones,’ but his alleged exploits were no more real than those of the movie character he claimed to resemble,” said Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. The U.S. Attorney’s office said that Youlus’ Torah scrolls actually had been purchased from local dealers and lacked any connection to the Holocaust.

Jewish leader may seek office in Libya

The leader of the Libyan Jewish community in Britain said he has been invited to run for political office in post-Muammar Gadhafi Libya.

Raphael Luzon told the Jerusalem Post on Aug. 23, a day after the fall of the Libyan capital to rebel forces, that opposition leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil had invited him to return to Libya and run in free elections. Jalil is a former Libyan justice minister and now chair of the rebel council in Benghazi. Luzon told the newspaper that he was invited to take part in the elections “because they would like it to be open to all people, including women and Jews.” Luzon delayed his decision.

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