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Daybreak: Purim Costumes Gone Wrong in Brooklyn

Plus Israeli documentaries strike out at the Academy Awards

by
Adam Chandler
February 25, 2013
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind(Getty)

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]

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.

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