Jewish Journal

This week in power: Ceasefire deal and Zara controversy

by Danny Groner

August 27, 2014 | 8:40 pm

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

Longterm ceasefire
"The war in Gaza ended on Tuesday after Israel and the Palestinians agreed to halt fighting indefinitely, putting an end to seven weeks of catastrophic loss of life and destruction, but on terms which are likely to leave many on both sides of the conflict wondering what was achieved," reported The Guardian. "Hamas and Islamic Jihad – the main militant groups in Gaza – the Palestinian Authority and Israel agreed on an open-ended ceasefire beginning at 7pm on Tuesday evening, bringing relief to civilians on both sides of the border. The Israeli army said in a statement on Wednesday that there had been no reports of violence since the ceasefire began."

"The bottom line is that Hamas failed to reach its strategic goals. Israel showed determination and except some marginal manifestations, the Israeli home front was stubborn and did not break down," wrote Yossi Melman in The Jerusalem Post. The war also showed some problems within the Israeli government, said Ben Caspit at Al-Monitor: "Netanyahu is very strong at making statements and threats, but Operation Protective Edge exposed him for all his failings when it comes to taking action, even to those who doubted that."

Shirt scrapped
Fashion retailer Zara pulled a T-shirt called the “Sheriff” this week after a social media barrage accusing them the company of anti-Semitism. The shirt "bore a striking resemblance to the top of a Nazi concentration camp uniform," reported The New York Times. "This seems like a tidy demonstration of why diversity is useful in the workplace. I’m just spitballing here, but it feels pretty unlikely that any Jews got a look at this shirt before it went into production," said Slate's Jordan Weissman. "If Zara doesn’t have a team of employees who inspect designs, they seriously need to get one. Fast, added Heather Cichowski at The Gloss, pointing to other recent flareups from the company. "There are only so many times these 'unfortunate coincidences' can happen before people begin to believe they’re intentional. From now on maybe they should stick with selling plain shirts."

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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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