Mother Of Boston Suspects Told Son To 'Go To Palestine,' Report Says



The mother of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers spoke with her older son about going to "Palestine."

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, in a telephone conversation from Russia with her older son Tamerlan, suggested that he go to Palestine during a discussion about jihad, The Associated Press reported. Russian security services intercepted the phone conversation, according to AP.

Western Wall Rabbi Hints At Rejection Of Sharansky Plan


 Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, said rabbis must weigh whether to oppose a compromise proposal over egalitarian prayer at Judaism's holiest site.

In a statement Thursday, Rabinowitz vowed to fight against "the slightest deviation" from customary practice at the Western Wall. However, he left unclear whether the compromise forged by Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky, which would create a permanent site for egalitarian prayer at a section of the Western Wall called Robinson's Arch, constituted such a deviation.

New Allegations In Broyde False-Identity Saga



 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.

Authorities Probing Link Between Bomb Suspects And Jews Murdered In Waltham


The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings are being investigated in connection with the savage killings of three men – two of whom were Jewish -- in a Waltham, Mass., apartment in September 2011, according to authorities.

Robert Sugarman Nominated To Lead Presidents Conference

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Fresh from his post as lay leader of the Anti-Defamation League, Robert G. Sugarman was recommended by the Nominating Committee of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to serve as chairman. The term begins June 1.  

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Technion-Cornell Institute Receives $133 Million From Qualcomm Founder

Israeli tech school’s president says center can be 'half aliyah' for expat faculty.

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New York’s planned Innovation Institute jointly run by Cornell University and Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has met more than half its fundraising goal thanks to a $133 million donation from Irwin Jacobs, a founder of Qualcomm, and his wife, Joan.

The gift was announced Monday and will be divided equally between Cornell University and the New York-based American Technion Society, which supports the Institute in Haifa, Israel.

Technion President Peretz Lavi sees new Institute becoming 'Silicon Island' for innovators here. Michael Datikash

Israel Increases El Al Security Payments To End Strike Over Open Skies Deal


Israel will pay 97.5 percent of El Al's security costs in order to settle a strike over the country's new "open skies" agreement with the European Union, Haaretz reported. The government previously paid 80 percent of security costs, saddling El Al with an estimated $30 million bill to keep passengers safe.

The agreement with the European Union would open new routes between Tel Aviv and members of the Union, lowering the cost of flights by foreign carriers, to the disadvantage of Israel's three airlines: El Al, Arkia and Israir. 

The general airport strike by the Histadrut labor union was called for Tuesday after Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved the  agreement Employees of the three airlines went on strike over the deal hours before it was approved.Dozens of flights by the three airlines were moved up to avoid the strike deadline.

The European-Mediterranean Sea aviation agreement approved Sunday allows European airlines to increase their flights to Israel for five years, which could substantially decrease the costs of airline tickets for Israeli travelers to Europe.

The Histadrut says the deal could mean thousands of layoffs by the three airlines. Employees of the three airlines picketed outside the Knesset during the vote.

El AL claims new open skies agreement with EU gives rivals an unfair advantage. Photo courtesy El Al

B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund To Help Boston Blast Victims


Some victims of the April 15th bomb bast at the Boston Marathan will benefit from B'nai B'rith's Disaster Relief Fund, the organization announced Thursday.

Three died and scores were injured by two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. Getty Images

L.I. Teen Arrested For Bomb Threat Against His Yeshiva; Released On $50G Bail


A high school student was arrested Tuesday for making a bomb threat on Facebook against his Five Towns Orthodox yeshiva.

Newsday identified the teen as Joel Levy, 16, a student at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov School in Lawrence and cited police reports that Levy acted because he was angry about being suspended from school for text-messaging during class.

Long-Range Rockets Strike Eilat


Two long-range rockets fired from Sinai struck Eilat.

The rockets were launched on Wednesday morning and fell in open areas in the city, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Local residents and tourists were ushered into bomb shelters following a warning siren at 9 a.m., which was followed by the sound of two explosions. IDF forces found the remnants of the two rockets. One landed in a construction site in the south of the city.

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