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This week in power: Pope Emmy, Weiner scandal, thinktank donations, Amare

by Danny Groner

August 7, 2013 | 8:27 pm

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

Argentine Emmys
At the annual Argentinian Emmys, Pope Francis aired a prerecorded message saying, “You worked so hard to deserve this prize, God bless you.” It was after the program, “Bible, A Valid Dialogue,” featuring him, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, and Protestant minister Marcelo Figueroa brought in audiences. “B’Tipul,” an Israeli series created by Hagai Levy and produced in Buenos Aires by Argentinian-Israeli Yair Dori, won in the miniseries category at the same awards. While this Pope was saluted, a former Pope was criticized for past issues.

Kantor column
"The confluence of scandals is an accident of timing; Jewish men have gotten themselves in trouble since the days of King David," wrote The New York Times's Jodi Kantor. The column brought stirred some commentary. "And as to Kantor’s assertion that somehow these scandals now dispel the idea that Jewish men make solid husbands or are above sexual scandal — those are two very different points, and the response is, yes, Jewish men make solid husbands, and no, we’re not above sexual scandal," wrote the Jewish Journal's Rob Eshman. The Jewish Daily Forward's J.J. Goldberg wondered whether there's even a story here: "For those of us who write about Jews on a regular basis, the temptation to take on a big, juicy story like this is just about irresistible. The trouble is, there’s no obvious angle."

Times again
Another New York Times article this week causes an uproar after some believed that the writer was too sympathetic toward rock throwers in the combatted areas of Israel. "Not everyone takes such a benign view of rock throwing teenagers and not everywhere is the harsh treatment of the perpetrators of such attacks criticized," said a CAMERA editorial. "Throwing stones at passing cars isn't a hobby. People who do it in the United States are prosecuted for murder or attempted murder. And rightfully so," wrote one blogger. And the ambassador chimed in as well.

Thinktank forms
It turns that that three of the top donors to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, advocating for Iran sanctions, are top Republican Jewish fundraisers, according to reports. All three also give to Jewish causes. "Judaeo-modernists hate Iran because it's the only example of a successful revolt against the modern world. A country that's embraced traditionalism while at the same time, denouncing the secular materialism inherent to both capitalism and communism. Thus, they rally for it's destruction and "evolution" into a modern decadent neo-Western nation," wrote a Stormfront commenter.

Citizen Amar'e?
Amar'e Stoudemire is in the process of becoming an Israeli citizen, his agent said. "This is simply about Stoudemire feeling more connected to his faith. If gaining Israeli citizenship helps him do that, then it should only be viewed as a positive," said Brett Pollakoff at NBC Sports. Others poked fun. "After getting flak from the NY media for years, it’ll be nice to go somewhere he can finally fit in without drawing attention," wrote Nick Teplitz at The Fumble.

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