Tag: Jewish

The anti-Semitism controversy surrounding NFL prospect Josh Rosen, explained

By Gabe Friedman

For most of last year, many predicted that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would be the first player chosen in the 2018 National Football League draft.

The sturdy 6-foot-4 signal-caller has racked up an impressive array of passing statistics since his freshman year in 2015, and analysts have praised the right-hander’s throwing mechanics, accuracy and poise in the pocket. The Cleveland Browns, the beleaguered franchise that holds the No. 1 pick this year, badly need a quarterback. The Jewish kid from Manhattan Beach, California, who had a…

Teens Apologize for Threatening to Bomb Swedish Jews at Malmo Synagogue

A rabbi living in the southern Swedish city of Malmo said that two teenagers who last year came to the local synagogue to threaten Jews apologized for their actions.

Moshe David HaCohen revealed the incident to the media for the first time in an interview by Sveriges Radio.

The high school students, whose identity was not disclosed in the report, waited outside the synagogue in December to confront Jews, HaCohen said. They threatened to “throw bombs” on them, then fled.

The Jewish community contacted nearby high schools, leading to the identification of the teens. The principal suggested that the teens apologize,…

‘Denial’ Star Rachel Weisz Pregnant at 48

Rachel Weisz, the Jewish actress who starred in the award-winning Holocaust-themed film “Denial,” is expecting a baby at 48.

Weisz, who is married to James Bond star Daniel Craig, revealed the impending arrival to The New York Times, saying in an interview: “I’ll be showing soon. Daniel and I are so happy. We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.”

This will be the couple’s first…

Trump dismisses David Shulkin as veterans’ affairs secretary

(JTA) — President Donald Trump has dismissed Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin and named his White House physician to the post.

Trump announced his decision to fire Shulkin, which had been widely expected, in a tweet late Wednesday afternoon.

His replacement is Dr. Ronny Jackson, 50, an active-duty rear admiral in the Navy who has served for the past three administrations as a White House physician. In January, Jackson spoke of Trump’s mental and physical health in glowing terms following his annual physical.

Shulkin, who is Jewish, has been embroiled in scandals in recent weeks, including overspending on travel…

Ohio man charged with hate crime in beating of man he thought was Jewish

(JTA) — A Cincinnati-area man was indicted on a federal hate crimes charge for attacking a man he thought was Jewish.

Izmir Koch, 32, beat a man who was smoking a cigarette outside a local restaurant. He was charged Wednesday.

According to the indictment, Koch in February 2017 asked people standing outside the restaurant if anyone there was Jewish. When the victim responded in the affirmative, although he was not actually Jewish, Koch allegedly punched him, knocking him to the ground. Koch then continued to hit and kick him.

The victim suffered injuries to his ribs and a fracture…