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Just a Nosh

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Ohio man arrested for planning deadly attack on synagogue

A 21-year-old Ohio man was arrested for planning an attack on a Toledo-area synagogue.

Damon Joseph of Holland was charged Dec. 10 in U.S. District Court in Toledo with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He told an undercover FBI agent that he was inspired by the gunman who shot up a synagogue building in Pittsburgh, killing 11.

“I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually,” Joseph told the agent, according to the Department of Justice. “I can see myself carrying out this type of operation.”

Joseph told the agent that he wanted to kill a rabbi, the Toledo Blade reported, citing an FBI affidavit. He also said, according to the FBI, that “Jewish people were evil and deserved what was coming to them.”

He sent a plan for his attack on one of two Toledoarea synagogues to the agent earlier this month with a request for weapons and ammunition. He took possession of the weapons, two AR-15 rifles, from the agent and was then arrested, according to the newspaper.

The FBI said that law enforcement became aware of Joseph earlier this year through his activities on social media. He pledged his allegiance to ISIS and made videos to encourage others to join the jihadist group. He expressed hatred for Americans – singling out gays, Christians, Catholics and Jews, according to the FBI.

If convicted, Joseph faces up to 20 years in prison.

Illinois warns Airbnb of blacklist placement over its settlement boycott

The Illinois state body that sets investment policy gave Airbnb 90 days to explain why it will not list properties in West Bank settlements.

At the request of Gov. Bruce Rauner, the outgoing Republican governor, the Illinois Investment Policy Board unanimously voted to notify Airbnb it is in violation of state law that bars state investment in businesses that boycott Israel or Israeli entities in territories Israeli controls.

Airbnb now has 90 days to respond, or it will go on the state’s list of companies the state must not engage in business.

Rauner, defeated in a re-election bid last month by venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, who is Jewish, was in 2015 among the first governors to sign into law a ban on doing business with entities that boycott Israel or its settlements.

Airbnb last month announced its change in policy, noting that it would continue to list properties inside Israel’s 1967 lines.


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