Jewish Journal

This week in power: Debate fallout, Drones, Subway ads, Shyne

by Danny Groner

October 11, 2012 | 3:42 am

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

Post-debate polling
"Mitt Romney came prepared to last night’s debate. Not only in terms of the facts and figures of his own programs and agenda, but in terms of how to deal with the many different ways in which his opponent, President Barack Obama, would try to distort them," said The Jewish Press's Tori Yanover last week. Could this be the turning point for the challenger? "While the NJDC has argued that it is Romney who is out of touch with Jewish voters, the RJC has begun a campaign to convince Jewish voters that it is president Obama who is out of touch," reported Jewocity. Not so fast, warned The Philadelphia Jewish Voice publisher. "For American Jews, there is a sharp contrast between the mendacious statements made by Romney and the strongly-supported policies of the Obama Administration, and it's clearer than ever that the more Jews get to know Romney, the less they like him."

Who sent that drone?
Israeli officials are trying to determine who sent a drone into its airspace over the weekend. They shot it down. It made its way over the Mediterranean Sea and the Gaza Strip before entering Israel, according to reports. Many people speculate that it was sent by Iran, but there hasn't been any confirmation at this point. In response to the drone, Israel has deployed a missile defense battery. "Today Israel is the world leader in exporting drones and drone technology abroad," a Times of Israel blogger pointed out. Whatever the case may be, Israel will assuredly get to the bottom of it.

Controversial subway ads
As soon as new ads went up in big cities, the call for them to come down began. The anti-jihad banners were placed in subway stations on Monday by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, led by conservative blogger Pamela Geller. They proclaim, "In any way between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad." Geller did have her supporters, sort of: "AFDI’s anti-jihad ad might be distasteful to some. But it is precisely when a message is controversial that true freedom of expression is tested," said a Jerusalem Post editorial. Others weren't so forgiving. "I am struck by the juxtaposition of these ad campaigns with the Jewish holiday season. Geller's ads went up just before Yom Kippur--a cruel irony, as this is the holiday of reconciliation," Rabbi Jill Jacobs told The Huffington Post.

Hungary attack
A Hungarian nationalist online radio station defended the recent assault of a Jewish community leader in Budapest. Andras Kerenyi was attacked but thankfully his injuried did not require medical treatment, according to reports. Two men were apprehended. “Predictably and unfortunately, the good attackers were captured very quickly,” the radio station reported. If the attack didn't scare the local Jews enough, thise response only adds more fear.

Shyne's rant
Rick Ross's new album "The Black Bar Mitzvah" has rubbed some people the wrong way, including fellow rapper, Shyne. Shyne took to Twitter to defend the legitimacy of his Jewish faith. "First they criticize me for being a Jew, now they're favorite fake rapper is having a black bar mitzva? GTFOH," Shyne wrote. "I definitely love Rick, don't get me wrong, but this mixtape didn't capture the essence of a classic Jewish Bar Mitzvah. Maybe next time Rick should stay away from a Bar Mitzvah and try his hand at a Quinceañera, for his Mexican constituents. I heard those are WAY more turnt up anyway," said Brittany Lewis at GlobalGrind.

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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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