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This week in power: Outrage in Ukraine and The Onion article

by Danny Groner

October 23, 2013 | 8:12 pm

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

Beating fallout
Week after police some police detectives in Ukraine to extort a Jewish businessman -- “One of them told me he’d do to me what Hitler did and beat me” -- and they then beat him and urinated him, soem in the region are growing fearful. "Anti-Semitic assaults are rare in Ukraine," reported JTA, but a recent violent nationalist march may tell a different story. "No, it’s not the World War II and yes, this incident reportedly occurred circa 2013," wrote Sharona Schwartz at The Blaze, after first reports of the incident earlier this month. An investigation has been launched, though so far the police have denied any beatings occurred. How this will play out is anyone's guess, but it's shaken the European Jewish community.

Did The Onion go too far?
Some say that the popular satirical newspaper "crossed a line" when it filled a story with hateful slurs about Jewish people as a point to satirize the name of the Washington football team, and the callousness with which team owner Dan Snyder approaches the issue. "Though the satirical article gets to the heart of Jones’ ignorant remark, now we’re simply left with an article filled with Jew slurs. We get the joke (it’s pretty funny), but shouldn’t we just focus on how absurd it is that after all the complaints, even from President Obama (!), Snyder has refused to change the name? Get it together and pick something else," wrote Lauren Schwartzberg at Jewcy. Some say that this particular joke falls within bounds. "The Onion’s missteps tend to come not when it’s overly offensive but when its offensiveness doesn’t serve any redeeming social value. By cleverly casting the racist name of the Washington team in a new light, it did provide a great service to its readers, who hopefully include Daniel Snyder," The New Republic's Marc Tracy told Salon.

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