Israel's Knesset voted to form a parliamentary committee to investigate left-wing Israeli organizations that criticize the Israeli military's actions. The initiative, proposed by the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, passed Wednesday by a vote of 47 to 16. The committee will be charged with determining if the groups are funded by foreign countries or by other groups with links to terrorism. Israeli human rights groups have criticized the initiative.
An Egyptian court voided the conviction of the head of Egypt's Jewish community for fraud because she did not receive a summons. Carmen Weinstein, 82, will not have to enter prison now that the trial has been canceled, The Jerusalem Post reported. Weinstein did not appear for the beginning of her trial in Heliopolis Appeals Court on Nov. 20. The court determined that it had the jurisdiction to retry Weinstein, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.