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This week in power: Disaster relief and Bush speech

by Danny Groner

November 13, 2013 | 7:38 pm

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

Haiyan hits
Among those who rushed to the Philippines to help assist in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan were representatives of the Israeli military. Some estomate that casualties from the natural disaster could hit 10,000. “I can’t describe the feeling right now... that my host country cares about our stricken people,” Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso D.G. Calonge told The Jerusalem Post. “I hope the people of Israel will maintain their attitude of people who are stricken with this crisis and who are on the losing end of natural disasters.” Even for those who can't be on the ground offering assistance, there are a number of other ways you can get involved.

Bush speech protest
President George W. Bush will address the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, an evangelical group dedicated to converting Jews to Christianity in preparation for the End Times, according to reports, but some Jewish groups expressed outrage ahead of the November 14 event. Even though the organizations removed the announcement from its websites, officials say it's still going to take place, as planned. "As for Bush, whatever you may think of his politics, he is no enemy of the Jews, not while he was president and not today. His record on Israel, and indeed his friendship for the American Jewish community, is a matter of record," wrote Jonathan S. Tobin at Commentary. This is why he should reconsider his appearance next week.

"Since Bush launched his 'war on terror' after 9/11, many of the world’s Muslims have accused the Republican president of having a fundamentalist Christian agenda for attacking Muslim-majority nations such as Iraq and Afghanistan," added Douglas Todd at The Vancouver Sun. "This speaking engagement might fuel them further in their suspicion."

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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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