This week in power: 2012 election, 60 Minutes, Raese, Israel anniversary

April 26, 2012

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

Romney vs. Obama
“Once again, Republicans are doing much better with Jewish contributors than with Jewish voters,” ” title=”http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/04/24/can-obama-make-up-his-jewish-losses-election/” target=”_blank”>said Jonathan S. Tobin in Commentary. But others, ” title=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/60-minutes-israel-christians-netanyahu-kill-story_n_1449595.html” target=”_blank”>Oren contacting CBS to try to explain why the piece would hurt Israel. It centered on Arab Christians and their exit as a result of the Israeli occupation. “If CBS eventually issues an apology, or does a follow-up to the report, we can assume that (willful?) ignorance was to blame. (Funny how the mistakes, inaccuracies and bias all lead in the same, anti-Israel direction, isn’t it?) But to the extent CBS digs in after receiving a mountain of material debunking the piece, we will know that rank bias is at the heart of this,” ” title=”http://blogs.jpost.com/content/bob-simon-cbs-throw-jews-lions” target=”_blank”>said Yisrael Medad in The Jerusalem Post.  “He ‘smoothes over’ all the politics, the history – flattening that out so the viewer is putty in his hands.”

Raese rage
West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese ran into some trouble with Jewish groups when he ” title=”http://www.huntingtonnews.net/29526″ target=”_blank”>said a Huntington News editorial. “In reading the press accounts, we don’t see any intentional meanspiritedness here by Raese—just a politician trying too hard to make his point.  We’ve seen that before by political leaders in both parties here over the years.  Raese certainly isn’t alone in having an occasional case of foot-in-mouth disease.” No, this is a big deal, ” title=”http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/04/25/israels-64-years-of-resilience/” target=”_blank”>said an Algemeiner editorial. “Israel is a military, economic, scientific and technological power to be reckoned with. But it faces an existential threat from Iran” that should scare us, ” title=”http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/9203/israel-at-64-great-triumphs-lingering-questions#.T5iLFyOaEfF” target=”_blank”>added Phil Horn in the New Jersey Jewish News.

Urban Outfitters shirt
The clothing chain pulled a T-shirt from its shelves amid a ” title=”http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/dim-bulb/2012/04/dim-bulb-urban-outfitters/529881″ target=”_blank”>said The Examiner. It’s not the first time the retailer has ” title=”http://972mag.com/urban-outfitters-yellow-tee-causes-stir-over-holocaust-association/43014/” target=”_blank”>said Ori J. Lenkinski at 972Mag.com. “While we buy their overpriced clothes to feel special, thousands of other special folks are picking out the exact same hip uniform, making it just as banal as a pair of khakis and a white t-shirt. And the kicker here is that the yellow tee that has ruffled so many feathers costs $100.”

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