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James Comey cites JCC bombing case as an FBI success before Senate

WASHINGTON – Under fire for election-related controversies, FBI Director James Comey cited a successful outcome in the JCC bomb threats case as an example of why the agency’s work remains vital.

“Children frightened, old people frightened, terrifying threats of bombs at Jewish institutions, especially the Jewish community centers – the entire FBI surged in response to that threat,” Comey said in his opening remarks Wednesday, May 3, to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Working across all programs, all divisions, our technical wizards, using our vital international presence and using our partnerships especially with the Israeli national police, we made that case and the Israelis locked up the person behind those threats and stopped the terrifying plague against the Jewish community centers,” Comey said.

In March, an Israeli-American teen was arrested in Israel on suspicion of calling in more than 100 bomb threats. Last month, the U.S. Justice Department charged the teen, Michael Kadar, with making threatening calls to JCCs in Florida including four in Tampa, conveying false information to the police and cyberstalking.

The JCC case was one of several Comey cited in his opening remarks to show what he termed the “magic of the FBI.”

For first time, White House hosts Israel Independence Day celebration

WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence held an Israel Independence Day celebration at the Old Executive Office Building, a White House annex.

Trump has made clear he “stands with Israel,” Pence said, and “as we speak, is giving serious consideration into moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” Trump, campaigning for president, pledged to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but has retreated from the promise since assuming office.

The event, attended by Trump’s new ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, is believed to be the first time the White House celebrated Israel’s independence on its grounds. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush held Hanukkah parties at the White House, and Obama celebrated Jewish Heritage Month.

World basketball body lifts ban on yarmulkes, hijabs

Basketball’s international governing body will allow players to wear yarmulkes, hijabs and other religious headgear beginning Oct. 1.

The new rule, announced by the International Basketball Association, or FIBA, will have the largest impact on women from majority Muslim countries who sought to wear the hijab in international competition. The Qatar women’s team withdrew from the 2014 Asian Games after being denied permission to wear the hijab on court.

“The new rule comes as a result of the fact that traditional dress codes in some countries, which called for the head and/or entire body being covered, were incompatible with FIBA’s previous headgear rule,” according to the statement.The decision overturns a 20-year ban on religious head coverings that was originally imposed for what the FIBA called safety reasons.


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