Jewish Journal

This week in power: Ceasefire broken and Supermarket scrutiny

by Danny Groner

August 20, 2014 | 8:33 pm

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

Firing again
"As the latest short-term cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip collapsed Tuesday, rockets from Gaza reached Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and Israel resumed airstrikes in Gaza. But the most telling move came in Cairo, where Israel yanked its team from talks aimed at a more durable truce," reported The New York Times earlier this week. In the ensuing hours, "the wife and child of Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif were killed in an Israeli airstrike, according to reports. Deif is severely handicapped from previous Israeli assassination attempts. With the fighting starting up again, some are turning their attention to the future: "The Muslim Brotherhood hijacking of the 'Arab Spring' and the subsequent advance of the Islamic State have redrawn regional alliances, bringing some Arab states like Egypt and Saudi Arabia much closer to Israel as they face down a common enemy with global aspirations," wrote Ryan Jones at Israel Today. "In reality, the Gaza conflagration is merely a minor sideshow of a much wider and more serious struggle."

Temporary food ban
"British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s removed kosher items from its shelves over fears of attacks by anti-Israel protesters," reported JTA. The decision came as demonstrators at a Tesco supermarket elsewere in England was targeted by protesters who threw Israeli food products on the floor. Sainsbury’s wound up apologizing for the removal amid a social media firestorm. "A pattern is emerging in which a form of anti-Semitism is becoming normalised – as if it were now acceptable to speak or even act against Jews as Jews, under the cover of acting against Israel," said Stephen Pollard at The Telegraph. "Here's the problem," wrote C.A. Pinkham at Jezebel. "it's patently false to say that all opposition to Israel is anti-semitic, but as this story proves, it's also false to say that NO opposition to Israel takes on an anti-semitic bent, because there's no possible other way to read this dumb shit from Sainsbury's."

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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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