Month: April 2018

American-Israeli teen who made bomb threats against JCCs allegedly threatens Israeli schools from prison

The American-Israeli man accused of making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States is suspected of making another 100 hoax bomb threats in Israel from prison.

Bomb threats received by the Israel Police against schools in Tel Aviv and Kfar Saba on Sunday were traced to Michael Kadar, Israeli news channels reported. Kadar, 19, of Ashkelon, is being held in Nitzan Prison in Ramle pending his trial. His name is barred from publication in Israel.

In a hearing…

Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho opens academy in Israel

By Marcus M. Gilban

RIO DE JANEIRO  — The Brazilian soccer idol Ronaldinho has launched a soccer school in Israel aimed at both native-born and immigrant children and youths.

Ronaldinho, who spent last week in the Jewish state, announced Thursday the establishment of the Ronaldinho Soccer Academy for children aged 6 to 16. The goal is to combine the passion and fun of Brazilian soccer with a strong teaching methodology and friendship values.

The school will launch in the summer as a camp for some 100 youths before opening in September.

German music industry ends top award over rappers with anti-Semitic lyrics

One of Germany’s top music prizes is being discontinued after it was awarded earlier this month to two rappers with a song containing anti-Semitic lyrics.

The executive board of Germany’s Music Industry Association, or BVMI, announced on Wednesday that it had decided to discontinue the Echo Awards, the German Deutsche Welle news service reported.

“The Echo brand is so badly damaged that a complete new beginning is necessary,” BVMI said in a statement. “Echo will be no more.”

“The events surrounding this year’s Echo, for which the board apologized, cannot be reversed, but we can ensure that such a mistake does not…

9 Israeli teens killed, 1 missing after getting caught in flash flood

This is a developing story.

Nine Israeli teens were killed and one remains missing after getting caught in a flash flood during a hike in a riverbed near the Dead Sea.

The nine youths were confirmed dead by rescue authorities, according to Israeli media reports Thursday.

Haaretz reported that eight of the deceased were female and one was male.

About 25 teens registered for a pre-army preparatory course in Tel Aviv were hiking in Nahal Tzafit on Thursday afternoon when the flooding began. Some 15 were rescued mostly unharmed.

Apache helicopters were searching the area and divers had prepared to go…

No hate crime indicated in Manhattan stabbing of Jewish man

A stabbing in Manhattan that initially left a Jewish man from Brooklyn clinging to life does not appear to be a hate crime.

A 22-year-old FedEx worker stabbed Jack Gindi, 28, at least four times on Monday near the Empire State Building, leaving him in critical condition. He is currently listed in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital.

While Gindi, of Brooklyn, has been identified in several news reports as Orthodox, he did not look identifiably Jewish in photos taken of the attack.

Police first said that Gindi and his attacker, Tyquan Bailey, got into an argument that led to the…