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This week in power: Brussels attack and Pope visit

by Danny Groner

May 28, 2014 | 8:26 pm

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

Brussels on edge
"Fears of a resurgence in violent antisemitism were raised after an attack at a Jewish museum in the centre of Brussels on Saturday left three people dead and one badly injured," reported The Guardian. Police have not yet apprehended the attacker. Questions remains about whether this was an act of anti-semitism, or just random violence. "Every investigative direction is possible in the field of terror. The chance is still great that the details of this attack were just a tragic coincidence in which an Israeli couple on a private tour of Brussels found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time – when terrorists decided to attack a Jewish target," wrote Yossi Melman in The Jerusalem Post. Others wonder how this act of terror might escalate.

Why'd the Pope come?
After the Pop's heavily-covered visit to Israel last week, some are considering what his agenda really was. "The centerpiece of the pope's trip also had nothing to do with the politics of Palestinian statehood. The Vatican emphasized that the purpose of the journey was a meeting between Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew, the archbishop of Constantinople and primary leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians," said The Atlantic's Emma Green. Others say that the gesture of the trip alone should be enough to satisfy disbelievers.

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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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