• 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?

    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

    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

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    By ALAN SMASON

    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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Why these 5 European Jews are promoting far-right parties

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — They speak different languages and live in different countries. Some of them are strictly observant. Others don’t even keep kosher. Some are Sephardi, others are Ashkenazi.

As diverse as the Jewish communities to which they...
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Feeling sad is ‘new normal’ in Trump’s America, therapists say

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — The text messages started pouring in at 6:30 a.m. as Tracey Rubenstein was getting her kids ready for school. By the end of the day the Boca Raton, Florida-based social worker had spoken to most...
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Nikki Haley: Trump will not allow UN resolutions condemning Israel

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel for its settlements, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told AIPAC.

“Never again do what we saw with...
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Rare coins, antique weapons dealer James Cohen to be laid to rest Thurs.

JAMES H. COHEN, a renowned dealer in rare and valuable coins as well as antique firearms and swords, whose famous store on Royal Street dates back to 1898, succumbed after a lengthy illness on Tuesday, March 27. He was 91.

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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Ohio State Hillel anti-BDS, not anti-LGBTQ

By KYLE GERMAN

(JTA via the Forward) — Last week, Ohio State University Hillel was accused of being anti-LGBT because it was forced to disassociate with a Jewish LGBT campus group, B’nai Keshet, after the group decided to co-sponsor a...
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