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Daybreak: Purim Costumes Gone Wrong in Brooklyn

Plus Israeli documentaries strike out at the Academy Awards

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Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind(Getty)

• Influential Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind is coming under fire for wearing blackface as a part of his Purim costume, you know, a basketball player with an afro. [NYO]

• Amid riots and large protests, over 25,000 Palestinians gathered for the funeral of Arafat Jaradat, a prisoner who died in an Israeli prison over the weekend. Fears of a new intifada continue as unrest grows in the West Bank. [ToI/AP]

• Former New Republic owner Marty Peretz is back and reading President Obama the riot act about the relationship between Israel and the United States. [Daily Beast]

• The much-ballyhooed and much-maligned Israeli or demi-Israeli documentaries “The Gatekeepers” and “Five Broken Cameras” struck out at last night’s Academy Awards, losing the award for documentary to “Searching for Sugarman,” which was actually pretty good. [JPost]

• Take your pick today: A Greek comedian promoted some of his shows using a logo that enmeshing a swastika with a Star of David [JTA] or a university in Budapest has suspended student council members for allegedly compiling lists of Jewish students and other minorities. [JTA]

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Dov Hikind is an indefensible idiot, the Palestinians are rioting again, Martin Peretz is showing chutzpah, and Europeans have an antisemitism problem.

This may be the quintessential Daybreak list.

What was Dov thinking? I’m sure he’s not racist, but he should be politically savvy and aware of how things play out in the media. Even spending money on a professional makeup artist is ridiculous. Do Assemblymen make that much money these days that they can spend it on stuff like that? Insensitive and dumb-minded.

This self serving extremist panderer has been masquerading as a Democrat for years.

This self serving extremist panderer has been masquerading as a Democrat for years.

Someone who isn’t racist doesn’t decide that he’s going to play up to all of the gross stereotypes of black people (nappy afro wig, playing basketball, a grill, etc.)

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Daybreak: Purim Costumes Gone Wrong in Brooklyn

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