Michael Kaydar.

Mainstream media ignore suspected terrorist.

Michael Kaydar is an Israeli/US citizen, currently residing in Israel. He has recently been arrested for using bomb threats on American Jewish institutions. He used a range of techniques to avoid being identified but slipped up, prior to his arrest.

If Kaydar was a Muslim the news would be headline material. So far as I can see, only a few Israeli news outlets and some relatively obscure internet based independent media are reporting on it.

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This image from the Jerusalem Post appears to show Mr Kaydar wanting to avoid publicity.

To their credit (or not), mainstream media are generally complying with his wishes. Questions have arisen about the suspect being extradited from Israel to the US. The two countries have a treaty based on using a case by case approach. I don’t expect to see him flying from Tel Aviv to Washington any time soon.

The extradition treaties of some countries are very selective but the US and Israel aren’t going to be falling out over this sad excuse for a human being. Compare this to the Israeli reaction over Palestinian Facebook users. They are frequently arrested, not for promoting terrorism but for commenting in defence of Palestinian rights. For people under an occupation, an armed struggle is permissible. Think of the French Resistance during the second world war.

A terrorist for making phone calls?

If we use the US definition of terrorism:

Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism

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as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”

This definition puts every American at risk of being called a terrorist, Mr Kaydar could be looking at a 30 year sentence if extradited.

I suppose the obvious question is why would a Jew threaten and terrorise the Jewish community?

The only thing I can think of is that there aren’t enough anti Semites threatening them.

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