• American-Israeli Jewish teenager (C), accused of making dozens of anti-Semitic bomb threats in the United States and elsewhere, is escorted by guards as he leaves the Israeli Justice court in Rishon Lezion on March 23, 2017.
The arrest comes after a wave of bomb threats to American Jewish institutions since the start of the year spread concern and political backlash in the United States. / AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

    Is Trump owed an apology after the JCC bomb threat arrest? Is anybody?


    NEW YORK (JTA) — Literally within seconds of the news of the arrest in Israel of an Israeli-American teenager for the bulk of the JCC bomb threats, Twitter lit up with Jewish anxiety.

    “[I] fear the inevitable backlash from haters who we whipped [into] a frenzy for our own nefarious political aims” is how someone responded to the JTA story about the arrest.

    A colleague’s friend wrote, “And now people will have another excuse to not take anti-Semitism seriously.”

    The shock and anxiety inspired by news of the arrest were understandable. After all, anti-Semitic organizations and websites keep tallies of...
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  • UPDATE: Israeli-American teen arrested in Israel for JCC bomb threats

    A man brought for a court hearing at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court, under suspicion of Issuing fake bomb threats against Jewish institutions around the world, on March 23, 2017. Photo by Flash90

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An unnamed Israeli teenager, who also has American citizenship, was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States.

    Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday....
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    From Meyer Lansky to Myron Sugerman: the Jewish mob revealed



    To hear Myron Sugerman tell it, the Jews were a tough bunch who made their bones in their own mob just the same as the Italians and the Irish before them. With an almost romantic nostalgia, Sugerman regaled the crowd at Congregation Beth Israel with his own...
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Current News

Deeply divided Senate confirms David Friedman as envoy to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate confirmed David Friedman, a confidante of President Donald Trump who outraged some Jewish groups with his broadsides against liberal Jews, as ambassador to Israel.

The 52-46 vote on Thursday afternoon hewed mostly to party...
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Second Montreal mosque hosts imam calling for death of Jews

(JTA) — A second Montreal mosque hosted an imam offering a speech demonizing Jews and quoting from the Quran to kill them.

In a speech last December at the Dar al-Arkam mosque, Muhammad bin Musa al Nasr described Jews as...
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Jeff Sessions: JCC bomb threat probe spanned multiple continents

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the arrest in Israel of a teenager allegedly responsible for more than 100 bomb threats against U.S. Jewish institutions was the culmination of an investigation “spanning multiple continents.”

“Today’s arrest in Israel...
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Breaking News

Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups’ narrative on anti-Semitism


NEW YORK (JTA) — Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year.

It appears the groups were wrong.

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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Imitation is not always flattery

The time-worn adage we’ve heard as children that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” was tested this past week. Only this time we were not impressed or amused.

It would seem that another publication, which shall remain nameless, was...
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