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This week in power: Ukraine leaflet and Missouri mayor

by Danny Groner

April 23, 2014 | 8:21 pm

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

Ukraine hate
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed to find “the bastards” who handed out leaflets last week ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with pro-Russian separatists. “I made a clear statement and urged Ukrainian military and security forces and Ukrainian Department of Homeland Security urgently to find these bastards and to bring them to justice,” Yatsenyuk told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The leaflets caught international attention, and many quickly recognized that they were the work of pranksters or fringe community members. Still, the stunt scared some around the world. "Do Jews in America really believe that the circle of history can't come back to crash upon their heads?" asked Tony Katz at Christian Post.

Mayor resigns
"The mayor of a southwestern Missouri town resigned on Tuesday in the wake of community anger over anti-Semitic comments he made in reference to recent killings at two Jewish community facilities in Kansas," Reuters reported. Dan Clevenger of Marionville, Missouri, came under fire after he stated on television that he “kind of agreed with” the views of Frazier Glenn Cross, who recently staged a shooting at the Overland Park, Kansas, Jewish community center and a retirement home that lft three dead. Clevenger has some defenders, though, said Julian Kimble at Complex: "Once again, the 'free speech' flag is raised to protect hate speech. How American."

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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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