Jewish Journal

This week in power: A hot mic and Brandeis backs out

by Danny Groner

November 20, 2013 | 7:50 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

Mic mishap
Last week, a United Nations interpreter sparked international outrage from Jews after he shared his feelings into an open microphone at the General Assembly. “I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff," he said to colleagues. "The United Nations. Paid for by your tax dollars," snarked Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Mag. "As the interpreter noted today, the UN is so busy targeting Israel, it simply has no time for anyone else," wrote Pamela Geller on her blog, Atlas Shrugs.

Some, however, had a sense of humor about the escapade. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said over the weekend, “I hope nothing happens to the interpreter, but at any rate, a place of employment is guaranteed for her in Israel if there is a development in that direction."

Brandeis statement
Brandeis University decided to suspend its partnership with the Palestinian Al-Quds University after protesters staged a Nazi-style demonstration on campus, according to reports. They marched in "black military gear with fake automatic weapons while waving flags and offering the traditional Nazi salute. Banners with images of Palestinian suicide bombers decorated the campus’ main square," reports indicate. "Several students also portrayed dead Israeli soldiers." The universities had been sister institutions since 1998.

"Brandies’s partnership with Al-Quds, which included student and faculty exchanges, is on hold for now. Much like the cause of peace is itself, seemingly, forever on hold in the Middle East," said Nathan Harden at The College Fix. Some say had Brandeis been looking more closely, the signs of different agendas were there to be found from the beginning.

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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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