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This week in power: Macklemore costume and Spanish tweets

by Danny Groner

May 21, 2014 | 8:17 pm

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

Concert controversy
Rapper Macklemore apologized for wearing a costume onstage at a private concert last week that some in the Jewish community deemed offensive for being anti-Semitic. "I was horrified, and even more so because I felt somewhat alone in the audience. I asked my friends if they thought we were witnessing anti-Semitic behavior on Macklemore's part. They seemed to agree, but continued to participate in the show. I found myself feeling incredibly upset and offended," wrote Adam Sekuler at The Stranger. Sekuler also wasn't happy about Macklemore's apology. Others were more lighthearted about the whole thing. "In the wake of this controversy, the world now steels itself for a pop-rap song about Jewish suffering," said Sean O'Neal at AV Club.

Maccabi win reaction
"Jewish associations in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia plan to file a legal complaint over a deluge of anti-Semitic Twitter messages posted after Maccabi Tel Aviv’s win on Sunday over Real Madrid in the Euroleague basketball final," reported The Jerusalem Post, citing the Spanish daily El País. There were reportedly 18,000 offensive messages posted by supporters of the Spanish team. The tweets included some references to Nazis and the Holocaust. "This isn't the first time that Twitter has been used as a forum for anti-Semitism," reminded CNET: "In 2012, a slew of anti-Jewish French-language tweets flooded the site, which sparked a $50 million lawsuit against the social network to get the names of the alleged culprits. Ultimately, Twitter surrendered the users' info to the French authorities in 2013."

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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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