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January 14 • 2010
Detroit/JTA — A man was taken off a
Detroit-bound airplane in Miami for
making anti-Semitic threats. Mansour
Mohammad Asad stood up as Northwest
Airlines Flight 2485 was taxiing and
about to take off on Jan. 6 and said, "I'm
a Palestinian and want to kill all the
Jews': according to a police report, the
NBC TV affiliate in Miami reported.
The plane returned to the gate, where
Asad and three traveling companions
were removed. Police reportedly used a
Taser on Mad when he resisted exiting
the plane, according to NBC Miami.
Asad, 43, of Toledo, Ohio, was charged
with threatening a public servant, disor-
derly conduct and resisting arrest.
The 144 passengers cleared the plane
and re-boarded, but were not required to
undergo another security check.
Andrew Rosenkranz, ADL Florida
regional director, said, "We are deeply
disturbed by the alleged anti-Semitic
rant by Mansor Mohammad Mad. Such
comments point out the fact that anti-
Semitism and hatred of Jews is still very
much a part of society'
He added,"Unfortunately, we have
seen how such hatred can be turned
into actual violence, such as the shoot-
ing incident where a white extremist
attacked the United States Holocaust
Memorial and Museum in Washington,
D.C., on June 10, 2009, resulting in the
tragic death of a security officer, as well
as other attacks on Jewish institutions.
Asad's tirade is a reminder of how such
hateful word bullets can be turned into
"While it appears that Asad did not
pose an actual terrorist threat to Jews
or other passengers on the flight, any
threat must be taken seriously, especially
in light of the foiled terrorist attack
on Christmas day on another Detroit-
bound flight. The ADL commends local
law enforcement for its swift action in
responding to this anti-Semitic incident!"
Killer Of Guard
At Museum Dies
— The shooter in
the attack on the U.S.
James von Brunn,
who shot and killed
museum guard Stephen Tyrone Johns
on June 10 during an attempted raid on
the museum, died in a prison hospital
on Jan. 6. He was 88 and died of natural
causes. Von Brunn was awaiting trial
on possible death penalty charges in
the federal prison in Butner, N.C., after
recovering from being shot in the face
by another guard. Von Brunn had a long
history of white supremacist and anti-
The museum issued a statement
memorializing Johns."The museum's
thoughts and prayers continue to be with
Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns' family at
this time," the statement said. "officer
Johns died heroically defending the
museum, visitors and staff. This tragedy
is a powerful reminder that our cause
of fighting hatred remains more urgent
Jerusalem/JTA — U.
S. Secretary of State
on Israel and the
Palestinians to restart
Clinton met last
Friday with Jordanian and Egyptian
officials in Washington in order to
restart peace talks between Israel and
At the State Department following
the meetings, Clinton said she called
for negotiations on all of the final-sta-
tus issues, including Jerusalem, refu-
gees and water rights.
"Resolving borders resolves settle-
ments," she said. "Resolving Jerusalem
On Jerusalem, Clinton added, "We believe
that it is possible to realize the aspira-
tions of both Israelis and Palestinians for
Jerusalem, and safeguard its status as a
symbol of the three great religions for all
Israel Defense Funds
Washington/JTA — President Obama
signed a defense appropriations bill that
indudes $202 million in defense coop-
eration with Israel.
The money in the bill is considered
separately from Israel's defense assis-
tance package, which was in the foreign
operations bill signed recently, because it
is not purely assistance; it is considered
an investment in systems used by U.S.
troops and that are profitable for the
American companies involved.
The defense cooperation includes $50
million for further development of the
Arrow anti-missile system.
The foreign operations bill brings
defense assistance to Israel up to $2.775
billion, which is commensurate with the
2007-2017 plan launched by President
Bush to funnel $30 billion to Israel.