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NYPD at the scene where the New York-based Anti-Defamation League received the second bomb threat since January on March 7, 2017.

The father of the Israeli-American teen who sent hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers, Jewish Day Schools and other Jewish institutions in the U.S. and elsewhere has apologized.

In a shadowed public appearance on Israel’s Channel 2 news, appearing in silhouette two days after the 18-year-old’s mother blamed her son’s autism and a brain tumor for the threats he made, the boy’s father essentially did the same.


Emphasizing “there was no hatred” behind the calls, the boy’s father said it was the “illness” that pushed him.

“The child is different,” he said. “He is unique. There was no motive of hatred. The motive was illness.”

Using the pseudonym “Eli” he said he wanted to apologize to American Jews: “To all the Jews in America I want to say c learly that we are very, ver sorry from the bottom of our hearts.

“Very sorry.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.