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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...

Israeli journalism institute in memory of Daniel Pearl opens

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli college opened a journalism institute named for slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

The Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute, part of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, was launched Wednesday.

Pearl’s father, Judah, and Daniel’s widow, Mariane, participated in the opening ceremonies.

One of the institute’s goals is to promote balanced reporting from the Middle East, according to reports....

Firestone leaving Hillel for new position with Genesis Prize Foundation

NEW YORK (JTA) – Wayne Firestone, the head of Hillel, was named president of the Genesis Prize Foundation. The appointment of Firestone was announced Wednesday. The president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Firestone will stay at his current post until April 26.

The Genesis Prize was created last year by the Genesis Philanthropy Group with a $50 million endowment. It aims to honor individuals whose...

Yeshiva student arrested for bomb threat on Facebook

(JTA) — A high school student was arrested for making a bomb threat on Facebook against his suburban New York Orthodox yeshiva.

The 16-year-old, a student at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov School in Lawrence on Long Island, was arrested at the all-boys school on Tuesday. He was charged with making a terrorist threat, a felony, and aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, the New York Post reported.

His threats were not delineated...

Who bombed Boston? Word for now is caution


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, President Obama called it an “act of terrorism.” What kind of terrorism, no one was ready to say — a caution that derives from years of wrongful speculation that on occasion has ruined innocent lives.

Hours after the attack Monday that killed three and injured scores, Obama in a television address refrained from using the word “terrorism.”...

After Boston attacks, Israeli Independence Day fetes are toned down

NEW YORK (JTA) — Israeli Independence Day celebrations in Boston were muted and security was increased in the wake of bombings that left three dead and dozens injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Mike Rosenberg, director of community relations at Maimonides, a Jewish day school in suburban Brookline, said an event Tuesday commemorating Israel’s 65th anniversary had been toned down out of respect for the victims of...