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Report: Tamerlan Tsarnaev sought ‘Protocols’ copy

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing, told a relative he was seeking a copy of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Elmirza Khozhugov, who was married for a time to Tsarnaev’s sister, Ailina, told the Associated Press in an interview published Tuesday that Tsarnaev had been radicalized by a Muslim convert whom he named as Misha.

Tsarnaev started...

New allegations of falsified identity in Michael Broyde case

NEW YORK (JTA) — A new report claims that professor and Rabbi Michael Broyde may have created a second fake persona to engage in online discourse.

Broyde, who admitted earlier this month to publishing letters in journals and gaining access to a rabbinic association under a fake name, may also have used a second fake persona, according to a report by The Jewish Channel.

In 2009, Broyde wrote an article...

Richard Stone stepping down as chairman of Major American Jewish Organizations

Richard Berenson Stone, the New Orleans native who has served two terms as the chairman of the Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, is stepping down and is expected to be replaced when his current term ends May 31.

According to news reports, Robert Sugarman, the immediate past national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League has been nominated to take over for Stone when his current term ends. Members will vote...

What Boston hospitals learned from Israel


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Minutes after a terrorist attack killed three at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, doctors and nurses at the city’s hospitals faced a harrowing scene — severed limbs, burned bodies, shrapnel buried in skin.

For Boston doctors, the challenge presented by last week’s bombing was unprecedented — but they were prepared.

Many of the city’s hospitals have doctors with actual battlefield experience....

NY teen charged with hate crime in subway arrest that led to melee

(JTA) — The arrest of a New York teenager for harassing a kippah-clad Jewish man on a subway led to a melee that was shown on YouTube. Stephan Stowe, 17, was charged on eight counts, including aggravated harassment as a hate crime, in the April 15 incident in Brooklyn.

According to a Daily News report three days after the incident, Stowe and a group of friends approached the Jewish man...

Suspected Marathon bomber may never speak again

(JTA) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may never speak again, according to the expatriate Israeli director of the Boston hospital where Tsarnaev is being treated.

Tsarnaev, 19, was wounded in his throat, Kevin Ilan Tabb of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, told Ynet.

Tabb is a board member of Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, where he studied medicine and completed his residency.

“Unfortunately, I have had a...

NY Woman admits to stealing $1 million from cemetery

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Brooklyn woman pleaded guilty to charges that she stole $1 million from a Jewish cemetery on Staten Island.

Ilana Friedman, 51, admitted to grand larceny in Staten Island Supreme Court on Tuesday. Friedman, former director of the United Hebrew Cemetery, stole the money over a six-year period.

Friedman and her husband, Arthur, the cemetery’s former president, agreed to pay $1.1 million in restitution. Arthur Friedman...

Kerry: Two year window is maximum for two states

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress he sees a maximum two-year window to bring about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Kerry delivered his remarks Wednesday to a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

Answering a question from Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the senior Democrat on the committee, Kerry said that among both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, “I have found the...

Oklahoma lawmaker apologizes for using ‘Jew down’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An Oklahoma lawmaker apologized for using the term to “Jew down.” Rep. Dennis Johnson, the co-leader of the Republican majority in the state’s House of Representatives, apologized Wednesday after other lawmakers brought to his attention the offensiveness of the term.

Johnson used the term during a debate on whether to end the state’s longtime ban on the “loss-leader” practice, in which a retailer sells an item at...

UC Berkeley passes BDS measure

NEW YORK (JTA) — A student senate at the University of California, Berkeley narrowly passed a measure calling on the school to divest from three companies with dealings in the West Bank.

Following 10 hours of sometimes heated debate, the Associated Students of the University of California senate early Wednesday morning passed the resolution in an 11-9 vote, the student newspaper, the Daily Californian, reported.

The resolution calls on the...