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June 13, 2013

This week in power: Samantha Power, Wieseltier, WWII diary, Princesses

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

Jews and Power
"Samantha Power brings to foreign policy an activist impulse that many in the pro-Israel community wish was more prevalent among American diplomats Except Power, a former White House National Security Council staffer nominated this week by President Obama to represent the United States at the United Nations, also has directed her interventionist inclinations at Israel," reported The Jewish Week. Some came to Power's defense as she was nominated to replace Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations. "I know Samantha personally and all an individual has in this world is their good name, and if it’s being unfairly sullied it deserves to be protected," wrote Shmuley Boteach in The Jerusalem Post.

Wieseltier comments
Leon Wieseltier fears Israel may be in jeopardy, he said in an interview this week while accepting the Dan David Prize. "Unless there is a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there will not be a Jewish state for very long," he said. The prize recognizes his contributions to humanity through science, art, public service, humanities and entrepreneurship. "If, as Wieseltier suggests, there is effectively no longer a Palestinian question, his darkening sense of Israel's future raises another, the subject of this week's self-test: How long does Israel have left to live?" asked Bradley Burston at Haaretz.

Nazi diary
A diary was found in upstate New York that reportedly holds the thoughts of top Nazi officials and specific information about the looting of Jewish-owned art. It belonged to Alfred Rosenberg and turned up in the possession of a one-time secretary to a Nuremburg prosecutor. "The documentation is of considerable importance for the study of the Nazi era, including the history of the Holocaust," according to historians at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "A cursory content analysis indicates that the material sheds new light on a number of important issues relating to the Third Reich's policy. The diary will be an important source of information to historians that compliments, and in part contradicts, already known documentation."

Bravo show
The latest reality TV show, Princesses: Long Island, has some up in arms about the portrayal of Jewish stereotypes. "I was surprised. Not because I’m offended that there’s a show about self-proclaimed Jewish American Princesses, but that it took the reality TV gods so long to make it," wrote Slate's Jessica Grose. "I have never met anyone in all my travels in the Jewish world who is as outlandish as these girls (I wont call them women)," said Ronn Torossian at The Algemeiner. "And while indeed reality TV is often offensive, this gross show is simply over the top." The show does have its defenders, though.

Dayan appearance, sorta
"Yes, that was a big picture of Moshe Dayan hanging over Stan Rizzo’s bed," on "Mad Men" last week, wrote JTA's Ami Eden. The sighting set bloggers ablaze. "I am open to any and all theories as to why Stan (as opposed to, say, Ginsberg) would have a poster of Moshe Dayan above his bed," said Alan Sepinwall at Hitfix. In context, this reference makes a bit of sense, said Slate's Hanna Rosin: "In the late '60s Dayan would have been the Jews’ equivalent of Che, a freedom fighter for a cause which at that point in history many were still rooting for. And yes, the notorious eye patch gives the image extra significance, because this episode is so much about not seeing what you ought to."

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