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Putin inherits former teacher’s apartment in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM – Russian President Vladimir Putin is now the proud owner of an apartment in downtown Tel Aviv. He inherited the 11/2-bedroom apartment from his former high school German teacher, Mina Yuditskaya Berliner, who died in December at 96, Ynet reported. Berliner left the apartment to Putin via the Russian Embassy. It was Putin, in fact, who bought the apartment for her in 2005.

Berliner immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union in 1973. But she had followed her former student’s rise through the political ranks in Russia. According to Ynet, Putin and his teacher were reunited in 2005, when the Russian president visited Israel. She had asked the Russian Embassy whether she could attend a reception in Putin’s honor. Afterward he invited her to have tea with him in private.

A short time later, Berliner, who was a widow, began receiving gifts from the Russian president: a watch and Putin’s autographed 2000 biography. Then an employee of the Russian government showed up at her doorstep and took her to see some apartments in the center of Tel Aviv, she told Ynet. “Putin is a very grateful and decent person,” Berliner said at the time.

The Russian Embassy sent a representative to the funeral and covered the costs of her burial, Ynet reported.

JCC bomb hoaxer briefly escapes Israeli police custody

The American-Israeli man charged with making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States – including two JCC preschools in Tampa – briefly escaped from police custody in Israel.

The computer hacker, Michael Kadar, 19, from Ashkelon in southern Israel, attended a hearing in Jerusalem District Court on Monday, Feb. 5. Following the hearing, he was taken to an interrogation and detention center in Jerusalem. After exiting a police car, Kadar managed to loosen a leg shackle, push away the security officer accompanying him and make a run for it, according to reports. He was chased for a short time, tackled and then returned to custody.

Kadar was arrested in Israel in March 2017 in a joint operation with the FBI. He has been charged in both Israel and the U.S. According to the indictments, Kadar made threats to 2,000 institutions around the world, including the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., and other Israeli diplomatic missions, JCCs, schools, malls, police stations, hospitals and airlines. The offenses charged include publishing false information, causing panic, computer hacking and money laundering.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the U.S. has backed away from seeking the hoaxer’s extradicition, but may seek to have him extradicted and tried in the U.S. after he finishes his trial in Israel.

Convictions upheld for 3 Jewish Israelis who burned a Palestinian teen alive

JERUSALEM – Israel’s Supreme Court upheld convictions of three Jewish extremists who burned a Palestinian teen alive in a 2014 revenge killing.

The court upheld life sentences for two of the killers and a 21-year prison term for a minor involved in kidnapping and burning Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, after three Jewish teens were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

After Khdeir’s murder an Israeli police officer was caught on film beating Khdeir’s cousin, Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, of Tampa. The police officer served 45 days of community service.

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