A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:
Cantor: Was Judaism a factor?
"The dream of a Jewish Republican speaker of the House is no more," reported Politico's Alexander Burns after the Virginia House majority leader was defated in his primary election on Tuesday. "For partisan Jewish Democrats, Cantor has long been a supremely annoying figure, perceived as a front man for a conservative party that’s hostile to the values a strong majority of Jews share on issues from economic inequality to gay marriage to immigration, the central animating issue of Cantor challenger Dave Brat’s campaign," Burns continued.
If Judaism was an issue here, "this could be a big problem for a party that has struggled to broaden its tent," said The Week's Ryu Spaeth. "Surely, even without Cantor in Congress there are still powerful Jews that play the Republican political game – Sheldon Adelson is the obvious example," noted Shmuel Rosner in the Jewish Journal. "Then again, it is probably better not to limit Jewish presence in the party to financial support. It is probably better to also have Jewish leaders within the party ranks."
Makis Voridis is the new health minister in Greece, and some are chagrined. “No Jewish person can be happy about the appointment of a man who was, until two years ago, a head of the extreme right-wing and anti-Semitic LAOS party,” one local Jewish leader told JTA. Voridis has since expressed his opposition to Holocaust denial and his commitment to “putting an end to anti-Semitic, racist prejudice which is an outright violation of human dignity," JTA reported.
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